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Despite the urgency of the current public health and economic crisis, the Senate still hasn’t committed to immediately passing the House’s bill that would provide free testing and paid sick leave, and boost unemployment insurance and food assistance.
Now, the Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial board is calling on Tillis to “back the bill and press for action on it as soon as possible.”
While schools close and people are forced to miss work, Mitch McConnell and Thom Tillis have delayed action for days and are holding up aid that would offer critical support for North Carolina families during a time of growing economic uncertainty.
The editorial reads: “Who does or doesn’t get credit isn’t as important as leaders coming together to make sure citizens’ health and welfare is secure.” And as the number of cases continue to grow, North Carolinians can’t wait for Thom Tillis to get a permission slip from Mitch McConnell or President Trump. They need action now.
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CBC Editorial Board – March 17, 2020
It has been remarkable, in North Carolina at least, that some Republicans and Democrats are doing more than talking about bipartisan cooperation. They are actually doing it.
It was no mere symbolic gesture to have Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson join together last week to both display and affirm a united front in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak – particularly as public schools are affected. Prior to this meeting the two had been combative over education issues and policies.
Who does or doesn’t get credit isn’t as important as leaders coming together to make sure citizens health and welfare is secure along with assuring those who can protect us – public health officials, medical professionals and law enforcement – have the resources to protect and direct citizens toward the safest behavior.
NOW, North Carolina Republican Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr should follow suit, back the bill and press for action on it as soon as possible.