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Congressman Sires Statement on the President’s Executive Order and Lack of Comprehensive Coronavirus Relief

Aug 9, 2020
Press Release

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires released the following statement in response to the President signing an executive order rather than negotiating with Congress for coronavirus relief legislation:

“It is disappointing that the President would abandon any real effort to pass meaningful coronavirus relief legislation and instead attempt to bypass Congress by issuing an executive order. The President’s executive order illustrates that he clearly does not grasp the seriousness of the situation many families across the country are dealing with. His executive order does nothing to help Americans pay their rent, and provides no relief for our brave firefighters, EMS, and first responders. Additionally, no relief is provided for state and municipal governments to help weather this crisis, and no resources have been put towards testing and tracing of the virus, two key components that will help us eradicate the virus. Almost three months ago the House Passed H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, which provides real, comprehensive relief to millions of Americans and their families by placing a longer moratorium on evictions, getting plans in place to help reopen schools, providing assistance to our first responders, and allocating resources for effective contact tracing and COVID testing. We have made good faith efforts in the House to craft legislation that will relieve Americans of the burden they now face due to the virus. I urge the President and my colleagues in the Senate to get serious about providing relief to the country, and to stop the charade of half-hearted executive orders, which do nothing to solve the problem we currently face.”