Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, made the following statement regarding the need for Congress to pass additional COVID-19 relief legislation:
“Today, at our regularly scheduled caucus meeting of Financial Services Committee Democrats, Members expressed grave concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the passage of bipartisan legislation to address the crisis before the House adjourns for the end of the year. Given the overwhelming number of new cases and deaths across the country, as well as rising levels of hunger, the wave of impending evictions, rising unemployment, the permanent closure of countless small businesses, and financial insecurity caused by the pandemic, it is imperative that Congress come together to pass a bill to meet America’s needs.
“Democratic Financial Services Committee Members are united in our call to House leadership that the House not adjourn until another COVID-19 bill is passed. There was a clear consensus among myself and the Members present on the call that we must and will stay in Washington, DC until a deal is done.
“It is essential that Senate Republicans come to the table and stop blocking relief. We are encouraged by the bipartisan meeting that took place in the Senate today and call for similar talks to take place on the House side. We support Speaker Pelosi in her longstanding efforts to bring relief to the American people. Enactment of a robust relief bill is long overdue. We will fight with every breath to get a deal.”
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