Cornyn: Senate to stay in session to address bipartisan coronavirus response bill

The following was released by Senator John Cornyn on Thursday, March 12.

WASHINGTON –Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the need for the Senate to set aside partisan politics and work together on a bipartisan economic package to help Americans impacted by the coronavirus. The Senate canceled the previously-planned State Work Period next week to work on a bipartisan agreement.
“Leader McConnell announced that we would cancel our state work period so we could continue to work on legislation here in Washington, D.C. to help families and our communities get through the economic effect of the coronavirus’ spread. I’m glad he made that decision, and I look forward to continuing to work on those issues for the benefit of our constituents and the nation.”

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“This situation calls for an all-of-government response, and it will allow us additional time to hammer out a bipartisan agreement to respond to the ripple effect that this outbreak is having in Texas and across the country.”
“As we continue our discussions on this legislation, I would just urge my colleagues that this is the time to put partisanship aside and stop playing politics, if there ever was one. There is actually precedent for that.”
“At the height of the Ebola crisis in 2014, Republicans in the Senate worked with our Democratic colleagues and President Obama to ensure we were ready to treat Texans and other Americans who needed care from that particular disease. We need to come together to do the same now, not to use the opportunity to attack or score political points or to try to damage our opponents.”
“Unfortunately, that seems to be the first impulse of some of our friends across the Capitol chamber.”
“Most of the public concern is focused on the elderly, on cruise ship travelers, and those with underlying medical conditions, but we need to think of every family, every college student, and to make sure that everyone worrying about how to make ends meet during this particular crisis because they had to stay home and miss work, that their concerns are addressed as well.”

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“This virus could disrupt everyone’s daily routine in one way or the other. And as we’ve seen from the departure of some of our colleagues for self-quarantining, we are truly in this together. I’m glad we’ll be staying in session to try to bring as much relief and reassurance as we can in this uncertain time, and I look forward to all of us — Republicans and Democrats, the House, the Senate, and the White House — working together to get every American ready for what is to come.”