Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of ‘painful’ weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptomsDemocrats, Trump set to battle over implementing T relief billMaxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: ‘Stop congratulating yourself! You’re a failure’MORE (D-Calif.) dedicated Congresss $484 billion relief package to her sister, who she said is dying from the coronavirus.
I not only rise in support of this legislation, Waters said on the House floor. I also would like to rise in support of what were doing for the health care enhancement act in this bill. And Im going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Mo., right now infected by the coronavirus.
Rep. Maxine Waters: “I am going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, right now infected by the Coronavirus.” pic.twitter.com/sX58UK1A3L
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Waters touted the relief package that has already passed the Senate and is currently being debated in the House. The legislation provides $370 billion in funding for small businesses as well as $100 billion for hospitals and coronavirus testing.
Her remarks were the first she’s made that confirmed her sister was seriously ill with the coronavirus, which has infected over 845,000 people in the U.S. and killed nearly 47,000.
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren endorses 20 Democratic women for down-ballot racesStacey Abrams says she ‘shares concern’ about Biden ‘not picking woman of color’ as running mateDemocrats want Biden to go early with VP pickMORE (D-Mass.) confirmed Thursday that her eldest brother was killed by the virus.
Waters, the chair of the House Financial Services Committee, said the next relief package “must provide more funding for people hurting by the exploding economic fallout of the pandemic.
Congress must now immediately turn to the next package of legislation to provide relief during the pandemic, she said. We need to do much more to help renters, homeowners, people experiencing homelessness and mom and pop landlords.