Shaheen Calls on Senate to Move Swiftly on House-Passed COVID-19 Relief Legislation

October 01, 2020

SHAHEEN: “Instead of prioritizing partisan politics to rush through a Supreme Court nominee during a historic election, Leader McConnell needs to bring this legislation to the floor immediately.”

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed COVID-19 relief legislation:

“We’ve lost more than 200,000 Americans – including more than 400 Granite Staters – to COVID-19, with an estimated 40,000 new cases diagnosed in our country every day. We are still very much in the middle of this crisis and that demands the full attention of this Congress,” said Shaheen. “The House of Representatives just passed legislation that responds to many of the needs we’re hearing in our communities from health care providers on the frontlines, local leaders facing severe budgetary shortfalls, schools working day and night to ensure the safety of students and teachers, businesses trying to reopen and so many more. Instead of prioritizing partisan politics to rush through a Supreme Court nominee during a historic election, Leader McConnell needs to bring this legislation to the floor immediately. American lives and livelihoods are at stake – Congress must act on behalf of our communities pleading for assistance. We have families who are struggling to make ends meet and hospitals barely keeping their doors open. There is no time to waste.”

Yesterday on the Senate floor, Shaheen underscored the urgent need to prioritize COVID-19 response legislation over partisan efforts to rush through a Supreme Court nomination. Senator Shaheen read excerpts of letters from local New Hampshire officials and nonprofits that highlight the serious impact the pandemic is having and echo calls for Congress to act on a relief bill. Watch her remarks here.