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May 15, 2020

(PITTSBURGH, PA) – Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) issued the following statement following the U.S. House of Representatives vote on H.R. 6800:

"People in western Pennsylvania and all over the country have sacrificed a lot during this crisis. They expect us to put politics aside, work together, and focus on defeating the coronavirus. This bill is not focused, it was rushed to a vote too fast, and it doesn't help us accomplish that core mission.

"We need bipartisan action to get people the money they need to survive while we defeat this virus, and we need to make sure the money is spent effectively. We have bipartisan support for funding our state and local governments as they perform more testing, plan to reopen schools, and protect the most vulnerable, including residents of our nursing homes. We have bipartisan support for helping the unemployed, underemployed, and underpaid with direct payments.

"So let's fight this battle together on common ground. Let's pass a bill focused on those priorities. Let's give the American people confidence that while they sacrifice, we are spending their tax dollars on the essentials and making constant progress against the virus.

"More than 85,000 of our fellow Americans are dead. More than 30 million have lost their jobs. Partisan fights have never looked smaller. We need to go back to the negotiating table immediately and work on a bill that can actually pass and will actually help the people who desperately need it."