Portman Continues to Call for Bipartisan Action to Provide Americans the COVID-19 Relief They Need

October 28, 2020 | Portman Difference

Since the beginning of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Portman has consistently called for bipartisan action to provide the health care and economic relief the American need and deserve. And since the last major COVID response package passed on April 21, Portman has delivered more than a dozen speeches on the Senate floor calling for Congress to provide additional relief to bolster our health care response, help our economy and small businesses recover, provide funding for schools and state and local governments, permanently expand telehealth options for addiction treatment, and provide enhanced federal unemployment benefits to help people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Portman is disappointed that Senate Democrats have continued to block COVID-19 relief measures focused on the bipartisan areas of agreement, calling on all members of Congress to put aside political differences and, negotiate in good faith, and act on behalf of the American people. 

In total, Portman has delivered 17 speeches on the Senate floor over the last seven months calling for bipartisan action to provide Americans the COVID-19 relief:

  • October 25, 2020: Portman Calls for Bipartisan Action on COVID-19 Legislation to Provide the Relief Americans Need
  • October 22, 2020: Portman Urges Bipartisan Action on COVID-19 Legislation
  • September 23, 2020: Portman Calls on Senate to Replenish Disaster Relief Fund to Continue $300 Enhanced Federal UI Benefit, Provide Additional Resources for Wildfires & Natural Disasters
  • September 16, 2020: Portman Calls for Bipartisan Action to Provide COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Relief
  • September 10, 2020: Portman Stresses Need for Swift Bipartisan Action to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis
  • August 6, 2020: Senate Democrats Reject Portman Proposal to Extend Expanded COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • August 4, 2020: Portman Highlights Common Ground Between Republicans and Democrats & Urges Bipartisan Cooperation to Complete Work on Next COVID-19 Package
  • July 30, 2020: Portman Urges Colleagues to Put Differences Aside & Work in a Bipartisan Manner to Address Challenges Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic
  • July 29, 2020: Portman Highlights Tax Incentives to Ensure Healthy Workplaces & Bolster Employment in Next COVID Response Package
  • July 22, 2020: Portman Outlines Priorities as Negotiations Begin on Next COVID-19 Response Package
  • July 2, 2020: Portman Highlights Troubling Increase in Drug Overdoses Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
  • May 20, 2020: Portman Discusses Need to Incentivize Returning to Work to Boost Economy as America Reopens
  • May 13, 2020: Portman Argues House Democrats’ New Coronavirus Proposal Will Not Help Move Economy Forward
  • May 7, 2020: Portman Discusses His Efforts to Help Ohio and the Way Forward in this Coronavirus Pandemic
  • March 24, 2020: Portman: Let’s Pass the Coronavirus Rescue Package Today
  • March 23, 2020: Portman: We Need to Pull Together, as Republicans, as Democrats, as Americans and Address This Crisis
  • March 22, 2020: Portman Highlights Benefits of CARES Act to Address Coronavirus Impact on American Families, Workers, and Employers

Portman will continue to urge his colleagues to act on another bipartisan COVID-19 relief package to address the ongoing health care and economic crisis by providing resources to our health care system, our small businesses, our schools and state and local governments, while also addressing the need to permanently expand telehealth options for addiction treatment, and provide enhanced federal unemployment benefits to help people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

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