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8.10.20

As Inaction On COVID-19 Relief Continues, Editorial Board Calls On Thom Tillis To “Speak Up & Stand Up” For NC Families

As another week passes without action on additional COVID-19 relief, Senator Tillis continues to fail the people of North Carolina who are out of work, without health care, and need help paying rent and putting food on the table during this time of crisis. 

This morning, the Capitol Broadcasting Editorial Board called on Tillis again to do his job and put North Carolinians first, instead of caving to the president whose executive order “puts greater burdens on states rather than providing relief to governments already struggling with declining revenues and antiquated unemployment systems slowing distribution of much-needed benefits.”

The editorial calls on Tillis to“[s]peak up and stand up for the survival of families, main street businesses, local agencies and state government services.” Cal Cunningham has called for extending enhanced federal unemployment benefits, providing relief for small towns and cities, ensuring schools have the resource they need, and passing a Medicaid expansion incentive to create more opportunities for states like North Carolina to provide health care to the hundreds of thousands in the coverage gap.

If Senator Tillis truly cares about the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina, “[t]his should not be a difficult choice.”


CBC Editorial: Editorial: Relief package should be about helping Americans, not just boost Trump’s reelection

By the CBC Editorial Board – August 10, 2020

  • Are senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis going to sit back in silence and inaction, just doing what Donald Trump thinks is in HIS best interest?
  • Are they going to do their jobs – and demand the same of their fellow senators – to work with the House of Representatives and produce a pandemic economic recovery package that is best for North Carolinians and the nation?
  • Trump signed four executive orders Saturday at his exclusive New Jersey golf resort that he contends will provide economic stimulus and assist those vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even his own aides confess the president’s actions fall short.
  • In many ways it puts greater burdens on states rather than providing relief to governments already struggling with declining revenues and antiquated unemployment systems slowing distribution of much-needed benefits.
  • It is a desperate, inadequate and likely illegal effort to appear to come to the nation’s rescue amid a congressional logjam. Truth is it will prompt lawsuits more than promote economic stability. It is a needlessly concocted crisis that the president and his congressional enablers will be accountable for.
  • This should not be a difficult choice for North Carolina’s two senators – particularly Tillis who is in the midst of an intensively competitive re-election effort.
  • Burr and Tillis need to speak up to demand Trump makes sure states – particularly North Carolina – have the resources they need. They should demand the Senate engage in serious and sincere talk with the House about a truly comprehensive relief package that HELPS NORTH CAROLINIANS AND ALL AMERICANS FIRST.
  • Speak up and stand up for the survival of families, main street businesses, local agencies and state government services. Do not cave to inappropriate presidential power and Donald Trump’s vanity.