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Yesterday, Mitch McConnell and Senator Tillis voted for the second time on a sham bill that was “destined” to fail as an attempt to provide political coverage for vulnerable Senators like Tillis. Instead of working to find a bipartisan compromise for COVID-19 relief, Tillis is working to quickly advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
North Carolinians are speaking out about Tillis’ failure to pass COVID-19 relief, even as the state’s unemployment rate climbed and COVID-19 cases are climbing throughout the state. Yesterday, North Carolina workers held a news conference holding Tillis accountable for failing to pass a relief bill when North Carolinians are struggling to weather this economic crisis.
Uschi Woronin, a flight attendant from Huntersville, explained how she and other airline workers felt abandoned by their Senators: “A better word would have been expendable or, better yet, disposable because that’s how we are currently being treated.”
John Motsinger, who lost his job working as a stagehand when the pandemic hit, calls for Tillis to focus on passing urgent COVID relief: “We have been forgotten. We are not going on days, we are not going on weeks, we are going on months of unemployment.”
The desire for Senate Republicans to focus on coronavirus relief instead of the SCOTUS confirmation is widespread across North Carolina and the country, as a new poll found that nearly 66 percent of likely voters nationwide would like Congress to focus on passing COVID-19 relief, including 62 percent of voters in battleground states like North Carolina.
Cal Cunningham has repeatedly called for Senator Tillis to take action on COVID-19 relief, holding numerous press calls to hold Tillis accountable and listen to the needs of North Carolinians. This week, Cal released five things that should be included in the Senate’s stimulus package including extended federal unemployment benefits, relief for small towns and cities, sufficient funding for schools, resources for small businesses, and a Medicaid expansion incentive.
By Michael Hyland – October 21, 2020
By Bill O’Neil