U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) is urging House leadership to immediately resume negotiations for a relief package to confront the dual public health and economic crises faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in a new letter alongside 17 bipartisan members of Congress.
“The American people are relying on our government to come together and lead our nation through this pandemic. Walking away from the negotiating table at a time when so many across our nation are facing unprecedented challenges cannot be accepted. We must do everything we can to support our constituents as we navigate this pandemic and work to keep our communities safe and put our economy back on track,” said Congressman Gonzalez.
To date, over 170,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and millions of businesses remain shuttered or restricted in operations. Furthermore, state and local governments are facing significant revenue shortfalls and the future of weekly pandemic unemployment assistance is uncertain for the more than 30 million Americans without a job. The letter, sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, calls on leadership of both parties to set aside their differences and take action to support the American people and lead our nation through this crisis. Last week, Congressman Gonzalez attended a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and a bipartisan group of legislators to encourage the administration to likewise work to get negotiations back on track.