Blue Dog Leadership Issues Statement on Potential Economic Stimulus Legislation in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), the Blue Dog Coalition’s Co-Chair for Communications, issued the following statement on the potential economic stimulus package in response to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States:
“This moment demonstrates why running a $1 trillion deficit hurts our nation and poses a national security risk. In times of economic expansion, both parties must work together to put us on a path toward fiscal sustainability to ensure we are prepared for any necessary response to an unforeseen emergency, including a public health threat such as coronavirus.
“An economic stimulus package is necessary, and it should target those who are most in need of economic support. This includes working families, hourly employees, small businesses, local economies that are dependent on tourism, and other communities experiencing an outbreak.
“The American people deserve the highest level of transparency and accountability. Congress should ensure funding is designated only for the response to the public health emergency, and attach accountability measures, including sunset clauses, to ensure the emergency funding is regularly evaluated for need and effectiveness.
“Partisan proposals will do nothing to contain the spread of this virus or deliver peace of mind to the American people. Now is the time for everyone in Washington to put politics aside and come to a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to ensure we can deliver relief and necessary resources as quickly as possible.”