Speeches and Statements

Rep. Murphy Floor Speech, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

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Washington, April 23, 2020 | comments

Madam Speaker:

Today’s bill is a positive step and has my full support, but it took too long.  Next time, let’s skip the partisan games and just do our jobs.  

We must be aggressive and smart.

We should spare no expense when it comes to testing, treatments, and vaccines, and we must support workers and business owners who bear no blame for this crisis. 

We should keep workers tethered to their jobs, so they can keep getting wages and health insurance.  Aid should be swift and direct, rather than through complicated and time-consuming programs.

For workers who do lose their jobs, Congress has provided billions to support them.  Sadly, this support has been delayed in states like Florida, whose unemployment system is marred by incompetence and indifference.  Congress must demand better.      

Our country confronts a deadly serious crisis.  As leaders, we must unite to combat COVID-19.  My fellow Blue Dog colleagues and I will continue pushing for more bipartisan cooperation to get the job done for the American people.

I yield back the balance of my time. 

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