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BREAKING: Over Sen. Tillis’ objections, House Passes Legislation To Support Businesses and Hospitals

Sen. Tillis called efforts to provide funding for hospitals and testing “political games”


Raleigh, N.C. – As the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll on North Carolina’s families and small businesses, the U.S. House passed a bill with emergency provisions that include expanded research and development of testing, contact tracing, and other components required to safely reopen the economy.


Piedmont Rising Executive Director, Casey Wilkinson, released the following statement in response:


“We thank House leadership for passing this bipartisan legislation and advocating for North Carolinians hardest hit as a result of this pandemic. But North Carolinians deserve to know why Senator Tillis called key provisions to expand testing and support rural hospitals in the bill “partisan political games” and fought against their inclusion.


More than 700,000 North Carolinians have lost their jobs and one million North Carolinians remain uninsured. Today’s vote should serve as a reminder that Senator Tillis has only made gaining health coverage more difficult and this crisis much harder for North Carolinians. As this crisis deepens, we need lawmakers like Senators Tillis and Burr to break from their records of making health care harder to access, stand up for North Carolinians, and fight for the comprehensive testing, treatment, and services that our state needs.”


MEDIA CONTACT:

Jessica Coscia

jessica@piedmontrising.org

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About Piedmont Rising

Piedmont Rising is a 501 (c)4 issue advocacy organization built by and for North Carolinians to advocate for lower insurance premiums and prescription drug costs and to ensure that more people have access to safe and affordable health care. Through grassroots organizing, education, and engagement, we are amplifying our health care stories and holding our elected officials accountable to the people, and issues they were elected to represent. www.piedmontrising.org


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