Schakowsky Votes For Additional Pandemic Relief Funds for Small Businesses, Hospitals and COVID-19 Testing

April 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, today spoke on the House Floor in support of, and voted to pass, H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. She also voted to create a Select Subcommittee on Oversight of the Coronavirus Crisis. She issued the following statement after passage of the legislation today:

“I voted YES for today’s bill to help unemployed workers and small businesses in my district, and throughout the country. I voted YES to ensure that the White House will finally implement a national testing strategy that is long overdue. I voted YES to ensure that all of the hospitals that are providing lifesaving care for those suffering from this devastating coronavirus can continue to keep their doors open.

“But it is shameful that it came to this. It is shameful that Republicans refuse to provide aid to struggling states and localities. It’s shameful Republicans don’t see themselves as a coequal branch of government. If they did, they might be inclined to provide meaningful oversight of the Trump Administration’s gross mismanagement of the funds Congress entrusted it with.

“’Allowing states to use the bankruptcy route’, is a key plank of Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s recovery plan. This means nurses, first responders, firefighters, and teachers would unnecessarily join millions of other Americans on unemployment while  protecting nationwide restaurant chain owners from financial ruin. The Republican recovery plan tells Illinois and all other states ‘you’re on your own,’ as states like ours devote necessary resources to save as many lives as they can.  

“I am glad we passed this urgent, ‘interim’ funding bill, but I know we must do so much more to help working Americans. Our next piece of legislation will be a package that improves upon the CARES Act, and in that bill I will be fighting to include provisions that will ensure nursing home residents are protected from this virus and that will prevent Big Pharma from profiteering off patients who will need affordable, equitable access to the treatments and vaccines we are developing to fight COVID-19.

“I’ll also be calling on House and Senate Republicans to finally hold the Trump Administration to account. It’s past time for the GOP to stop using this crisis as another opportunity to line the pockets of their corporate and billionaire donors. Let’s come together and get something done for the American people.”

The Congresswoman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House today in support of the bills. Her speech can be viewed HERE.