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DeFazio Statement on Trump Ending COVID Relief Negotiations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- October 06, 2020
Contact: Katrina Martell (214) 229-3610 or [email protected]

Alek Skarlatos Saying ‘No’ to Giving Oregonians Another Relief Package

Eugene, Oregon— With thousands of Oregonians in need of continued federal relief, President Trump today announced an end to COVID aid negotiations. This comes in the wake of OR-04 Republican candidate Alek Skarlatos’ alarming comments opposing another round of federal pandemic relief for struggling families, small businesses, and frontline workers, including stimulus checks, federal unemployment, funding for schools and more, as stated at the Rotary Club of Eugene on September 22.

“This Administration has just pulled the rug out from people across our nation who were depending on a forthcoming relief package, and we know from Alek Skarlatos’ recent comments that he couldn’t agree more with cutting off all future COVID aid to our district and completely abandoning Oregon’s workers, families, small businesses and schools,” said Congressman Peter DeFazio. “When asked if he would support another pandemic relief package, Alek Skarlatos kept it brief: ‘In short, no I do not.’ Eight months into this pandemic, Oregonians are still hurting. After securing the first round of federal relief, I haven’t stopped fighting for the long-term support our district will need to weather this crisis.”

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 helped write and 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.

Posted on October 6, 2020 in Press Releases.

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