Sheldon Whitehouse

08/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/09/2020 18:35

Whitehouse Statement on President Trump’s COVID-19 Announcements

08.09.20

Providence, RI - U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's announcements yesterday evening:

'Some 'art of the deal.' Almost three months after House Democrats passed a good relief bill with a $600 unemployment benefit, President Trump reverts to toothless executive orders to cover up his own party's failure. Millions of American families teetering on the brink - what's the Republican answer? A unilateral cut to unemployment benefits; forcing states to slash budgets more in a crisis; a payroll tax 'suspension' that hits Medicare and Social Security funds - it's a weak failure to meet the moment.

'Congress alone has the power for meaningful action, and Republicans should stop blocking the House-passed relief measures Rhode Islanders urgently need.'