Nevada Reps. Lee, Amodei Call on Republicans, Democrats to Resume COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

August 20, 2020
Press Release

Nevada – U.S. Reps. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) and Mark Amodei (Nev.-02) joined a bipartisan group of representatives to call on House leadership to immediately resume negotiations on a comprehensive, bipartisan coronavirus relief package. 

“There is still more work to be done to address the current health and economic challenges Nevadans are facing,” said Reps. Lee and Amodei. “While we should be working to responsibly address issues like unemployment insurance and providing increased flexibility to those who have been hit the hardest, all discussions over a much-needed relief package have stalled. We know Nevadans deserve better than this, and are counting on their elected officials to set aside our political differences for the well-being of the American people – just like we did with the CARES Act. We’re both at the negotiating table, and we’re urging House and Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle to join us in passing a relief package that will get American families and workers through this pandemic. Nevadans are counting on us to get this done, and that’s exactly what we intend to do.”  

The full text of the letter can be found below and HERE:  

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: 

We are writing to urge you to immediately resume negotiations for a relief package to confront the dual public health and economic crises Americans are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We are facing significant challenges related to COVID-19: over 160,000 Americans have died from the virus, hospitals in parts of the country are once again seeing a spike in cases, millions of businesses remain shuttered or restricted in their operations, state and local governments are facing significant revenue shortfalls, and the future of the weekly pandemic unemployment assistance is uncertain for the more than 30 million Americans without a job. Such unprecedented circumstances demand that political leaders work together to meet the challenges of this moment. 

We recognize that negotiating such a significant legislative proposal is difficult, but failing to reach a deal is unacceptable and is a failure of duty to the American people. During times of national emergencies, the American people look to elected officials to set aside their differences and take action through a sense of shared purpose and direction. The time for excuses has passed: Congress must work together and find compromise to jumpstart this process. We urge you to continue negotiations as soon as possible. 

We stand ready to work with you in the days and weeks ahead to ensure that no American is left behind. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.