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ICYMI:: WRAL EDITORIAL: “Tillis and Burr Need NOW to Back Coronavirus Relief for Families”

Senate Was MIA Over the Weekend After House Passed Emergency Legislation

Raleigh, N.C. – An editorial published by WRAL today called on Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr to support the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, which would provide critical funds for increased testing, paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, and food aid. After the U.S. House passed the legislation on Saturday morning, the Senate failed to take action because it was on recess for the weekend.

Excerpts from WRAL’s editorial below:

: “In Washington last week nearly all the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House came together to approve on a 363-40 vote, the “Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.” Greg Murphy, who is a physician from Greenville voted for it along with fellow Republicans Virginia Foxx, George Holding, Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry, David Rouzer and Mark Walker. The state’s Democrats in the House Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price, all backed the bill which awaits Senate action this week.


“Mark Meadows, who had put himself on personal quarantine for possible exposure to the virus, didn’t vote. Only Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County and Ted Budd of Davie County voted against it.”

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 and can direct people 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.”

Click here to read the editorial in its entirety.


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