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10.12.20

STARTING TODAY: Senator Tillis & McConnell Begin Pushing Lifetime Appointee To SCOTUS While North Carolina Waits For COVID-19 Relief

Senator Tillis Continues To Put Partisan Interests Ahead Of North Carolina’s Interests With Rushed Confirmation Hearings, Even As Unemployment & Small Business Funding Have Lapsed

RALEIGH, NC — This morning, Senator Tillis and Mitch McConnell are plowing forward with hearings for a Supreme Court nominee just three weeks before Election Day, pulling the plug on efforts to provide meaningful COVID-19 relief, even as the pandemic’s devastating impact on the economy and people’s lives continues to ripple through North Carolina. 

“Today, the choice to plow forward with confirmation hearings is an extraordinary display of negligence to the people of North Carolina since hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians remain out of work, our schools still do not have the resources they need to operate safely, and small businesses fear they will not be able to stay afloat,” said Cal Cunningham. “Senator Tillis has proven once again that when faced with a choice between North Carolina and his party — he will cave to his party leaders every time.”

Tillis said he wouldn’t leave Washington until he got the job done, but when Mitch McConnell told him to, he packed up and left for a month-long recess. Now, North Carolinians have gone over two months without federal unemployment benefits, small businesses across the state are on the brink of closure without federal assistance, and local governments are straining to continue providing public services. 

Last week, Cal spoke with North Carolinians on the serious need for another Congressional stimulus package, joined by Grant Welch, legislative-political coordinator for CWA North Carolina, NCAE President Tamika Walker Kelly, and Lynne Mason, owner of Lost Province Brewing Co in Boone. 

After releasing his priorities in May, Cal has consistently held Senator Tillis accountable for his failure to pass additional relief for months and his broken promise to the people of North Carolina that he wouldn’t leave until he got the job done. Cal’s priorities for the next relief package include expanding enhanced unemployment benefits, relieving state and local government budget shortfalls, providing resources for schools and small businesses, providing relief for the postal service, and passing a Medicaid expansion incentive.  

Instead of working to find a bipartisan solution for North Carolinians reeling from the effects of COVID-19, Senator Tillis is focused on ramming through a Supreme Court nominee. On his watch, North Carolinians will continue to suffer as he prioritizes partisan interests over what’s best for the people he’s supposed to serve.