Phillips-Led Bipartisan Working Group Offers COVID Relief Framework To Break Impasse
Washington, DC, September 15, 2020
- Today, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus – 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans – unveiled its “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.
“Today, my 25 Democrat and 25 Republican colleagues of the Problem Solvers Caucus introduced a bipartisan, COVID relief framework to reignite negotiations and support Americans through these difficult days,” said Rep. Dean Phillips. “Months of inaction have left too many at the precipice, and principle must overcome politics. Leaders of both parties have demonstrated a willingness to walk away with nothing, but people, families and small businesses are suffering and cannot afford Federal inaction. While this is not a perfect plan, it is a bipartisan framework that provides immediate support for the most pressing issues facing our country during the COVID crisis. Our intent is to inspire House and Senate leadership to return to the negotiating table and provide urgently needed relief. I am encouraged by Speaker Pelosi’s commitment to keep the House in session until agreement is reached. In the meantime, I will continue to relentlessly advocate for the priorities of our district and country as leaders from both parties and the White House consider the proposal and negotiate a final deal.”
The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding, and allocates resources to the following key categories:
“Americans deserve a functioning Congress that can rise to the challenge and deliver the relief they need,” said PSC Co-Chair Tom Reed. “Our framework reflects months of bipartisan consensus-building on the actions the federal government can take to help working families and local communities across the country as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. We are hopeful this package will help bring lead negotiations back to the table as we try to solve this problem for the American people.”
“What brings us together — 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans — is our shared goal of finding a pragmatic solution — a bipartisan path forward — to help get negotiators to return to the table,” said PSC Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer. “Our March to Common Ground package does just that — it lays out a common sense framework to get help and resources out to American families and businesses.