O’Halleran, Blue Dogs Urge Speaker Pelosi to Continue Negotiations on COVID-19 Relief Until Deal is Reached

October 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined his colleagues in the House Blue Dog Coalition on a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to continue negotiations with the Senate and White House over the weekend on a new COVID-19 relief package until an agreement is reached.

“Families, tribes, businesses, and frontline workers in my district have already had to wait far too long for the resources and support they need to stay afloat and adapt to this pandemic,” said O’Halleran. “Arizona families need a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a solid deal. There is no time left to wait.

View the letter, HERE.

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:

“Thank you for your efforts to date to negotiate a fifth COVID-19 relief package that is commensurate with the scale of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Now that both the White House and House Democrats have put forward serious proposals, we urge you to continue the discussions over the weekend until a deal is achieved. We appreciate your tireless work to secure the best deal for the American people.

“Because we have a divided government right now, the only path forward is a bipartisan bill that can pass a Democratic-led House and a Republican-led Senate, and be signed into law by a Republican President. By definition, this compromise bill will contain provisions we as Democrats do not like and omit provisions we want. But our country is in crisis, and we must not let the perfect become the enemy of the good. 

“As Members of Congress, we must do everything within our power to keep workers connected to their jobs and their employer-sponsored health coverage, assist the unemployed, support our health care workers and health care system, ensure that businesses who do right by their workers are given the necessary resources and protections to survive, and support state, local and tribal governments. Congress should stay here in Washington to keep negotiating, no matter how difficult, and we must reach an agreement.”