WASHINGTON – In response to Washington inaction as a third deadly wave of Coronavirus overwhelms local health systems and forces more people to stay home, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) took to the House floor to demand an immediate stimulus deal. Congress passed the CARES Act six months ago but has failed to reach consensus on another rescue package for the American People.
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The text of Rep. Harder’s speech as delivered is available below.
Thank you, Mister Speaker, I rise today to ask what the hell is happening in Washington?
I’m not one to spend my time throwing bombs on this floor. But during this single minute, another American will die from Covid. And even more are slipping into poverty because this town can’t get its act together. I’ve had enough.
Millions of people can’t get to work, they can’t put food on the table, and they’re missing rent or mortgage payments. And since we passed the CARES Act, which was a strong step forward, the best this town can do is finger pointing. It’s disgusting. Everyone believes we’re incapable of doing our jobs. And right now, we’re proving them right. The reality is – there is plenty of blame to go around.
But Americans need another stimulus check, they needed it months ago. We need expanded unemployment back – especially now that cases are exploding at a higher rate than at any other point during this pandemic. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to do what we’re paid for. It’s time to do our jobs. Thank you Mister Speaker, and I yield back.
Representative Harder is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats which seeks bipartisan solutions. Earlier this year, the Caucus devised a compromise plan to provide another stimulus payment.
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