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Alek Skarlatos Says ‘No’ to Giving Oregonians Another COVID-19 Relief Package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- October 2, 2020
Contact: Katrina Martell (214) 229-3610 or [email protected]

Peter DeFazio Voted Yes on Heroes 2.0 Relief Bill

Eugene, Oregon— OR-04 Republican candidate Alek Skarlatos alarmingly voiced opposition to Congress providing another round of pandemic relief for struggling families, small businesses, and frontline workers, including stimulus checks, federal unemployment, funding for schools, and more:

“After more than six months, 200,000 deaths, and millions of job losses due to this President’s failure to manage the COVID pandemic, Oregonians are still hurting from this unprecedented public health and economic crisis,” Congressman Peter DeFazio said. “When asked if he would support another pandemic relief package, my opponent, Alek Skarlatos kept it brief: ‘In short, no I do not.’ It is both cruel and completely unacceptable that Alek would completely abandon Oregonians whose lives, jobs, and health have been gravely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Congressman Peter DeFazio has been fighting to make sure Oregonians have the resources they need to weather this crisis. Since securing the first round of bipartisan aid, including stimulus checks, federal unemployment benefits, and small business relief for Oregonians, the OR-04 Congressman has not stopped fighting for more resources for our district and most recently voted yes on the Heroes 2.0 Act, which builds on past packages and increases the federal share for FEMA Disaster Assistance to help Oregonians impacted by wildfires. Meanwhile, Alek Skarlatos would clearly rather do nothing. If elected, Skarlatos would allow workers, families, and business owners across Oregon to continue suffering from the consequences of the current Administration's hobbled response to the pandemic.

Background:

On September 22, 2020 at the Rotary Club of Eugene, Alek Skarlatos was asked, “Do you think there's a need for another pandemic relief bill, and if so, what are your top priorities for such a bill?” Skarlatos answered, “In short, no I do not.”

Posted on October 2, 2020 in Press Releases.

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