Senator Cornyn

VIDEO: Cornyn, Senate Again Tries to Pass More COVID Relief for Texans

October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked coronavirus relief legislation for Texans again today, the fourth time since July:

Video of this statement is available here.

“As America’s war against COVID-19 rages on, our ammunition is quickly dwindling.”

“Congress has provided more than $3 trillion in relief to strengthen our fight against this virus and minimize the economic impact, relief in the form of funding for hospitals and health care providers, personal protective equipment, testing, and vaccine and therapeutics research.”

“I’ve heard from countless Texans about how critical this funding has been in communities across the state, and I continue to hear that more is desperately needed.”

“Today, the Senate had the opportunity to pass a bill with half a trillion dollars in additional relief for workers, schools, small businesses, and vaccine research. No controversial positions, nothing ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ about it.”

“But what did Chuck Schumer and our Democratic colleagues do? They blocked it.”

“Over and over again, our Democratic colleagues have prevented the Senate from even debating an additional coronavirus relief bill, just like the one they blocked in July, and again in August, and again in September.”

“So here we are in October, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases and 220,000 deaths in the United States, and Chuck Schumer has once again refused to allow the Senate to even debate a relief bill.”

“That’s the fourth time Sen. Schumer and Senate Democrats have denied Texans an additional measure of relief from this deadly virus. No interest in amending, debating, or negotiating – they’ve simply voted ‘no’ and denied millions of Texans the relief they need.”

“Families across our state are trying to survive the daily challenges brought on by this pandemic and they need our help. I only wish Chuck Schumer and the Democrats would join us.”