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PLEASE FOLLOW ME IN THE PLEDGEOF ALLEGIANCE.I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCETO THE FLAGOF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,AND TO THE REPUBLICFOR WHICH IT STANDS,ONE NATION UNDER GOD,INDIVISIBLE,WITH LIBERTYAND JUSTICE FOR ALL.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM IOWA.MR. GRASSLEY: I ASK TO SPEAK FORONE MINUTE IN MORNING BUSINESS.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. GRASSLEY: AS CHAIRMAN OF THEFINANCE COMMITTEE AND HEAD OFTHE TASK FORCE, I WANT TOHIGHLIGHT A FEW AREAS OFBIPARTISAN ECONOMIC RELIEF WEWILL BE VOTING ON TODAY.RECOVERY CHECKS TO GIVEAMERICANS NEEDED CASH TO PROVIDEFOR THEIR FAMILIES AND GETTHROUGH OUR CURRENT HEALTHCRISIS LOOK LIKE THIS.$1,200 FOR INDIVIDUALS, $2,400FOR MARRIED COUPLES, $500 FOREACH CHILD.THERE'S NO MINIMUM, NO PHASE-IN.IT STARTS OUT AT THE LOWESTLEVEL.ANYONE WITH A SOCIAL SECURITYNUMBER WHO IS NOT DEPENDENT ONANYONE ELSE SHOULD BE ELIGIBLEFOR A CHECK UNDER THE INCOMECAPS.WE ALSO HAVE A VERY STRONGUNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATIONADDITIONS TO THE PRESENT PROGRAMIN THIS BILL.WE ALSO HAVE INCENTIVES TO HELPCHARITIES BECAUSE THEY PLAY AVERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THISRECOVERY.MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLESAID LAST WEEK THAT THE BUSINESSTAX ISSUES WERE CORPORATEBAILOUTS.THAT COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROMTHE TRUTH.I THINK MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUESNOW AGREE.THIS IS ABOUT HELPING OURWORKERS KEEP THEIR JOBS, OURECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE TORECOVER THIS ECONOMY HASPROVISIONS TO HELP BUSINESSES SOTHAT THEY HAVE THE CASH TO KEEPTHE DOORS OPEN AND KEEP MAKINGPAYROLL.WE ALL WORKED HARD, ALONG WITHTHE ADMINISTRATION, TO GET THISJOB DONE.NOW IT'S TIME TO VOTE ON THISBILL AND DELIVER RELIEF FOR THEAMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO RECOVERTHIS ECONOMY.GET THE STRONG ECONOMY BACK THATWE HAD.I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEMAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE.MR. McCONNELL: IT'S ONLY BEEN65 DAYS SINCE THE FIRST AMERICANTESTED POSITIVE WITH THE NEWCORONAVIRUS ON OUR SOIL, ANDBARELY -- AND IN BARELY TWOMONTHS, THIS PANDEMIC HASUPENDED OUR NATION.AS OF THIS MORNING, MORE THAN175 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE BEENADVISED TO REMAIN IN THEIRHOMES.MORE THAN HALF OF OUR PEOPLE AREEFFECTIVELY SHELTERING IN PLACE.HOSPITALS IN MAJOR CITIES AREPUSHING CAPACITY.DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE EXLAWSINGCRUCIAL SUPPLIES.-- ARE EXHAUSTING CRUCIALSUPPLIES.AND IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH FORAMERICANS TO FIGHT TO STAYHEALTHY, THEY'RE ALSO FIGHTINGTO KEEP THEIR PAYCHECKS, TO KEEPSUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES.COMBATING THIS DISEASE HASFORCED OUR COUNTRY TO PUT HUGEPARTS OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE ONPAUSE AND TRIGGERED LAYOFFS AT ABREATH-TAKING PACE.THIS STRANGE NEW REALITY HASFORCED OUR NATION ON TOSOMETHING LIKE WAR-TIME FOOTING.A FIGHT HAS ARRIVED ON OURSHORES.WE DID NOT SEEK IT, WE DID NOTWANT IT, BUT NOW WE'RE GOING TOWIN IT.TEN DAYS AGO, I LAID OUT FOURURGENT PRIORITIES FOR NEW SENATELEGISLATION TO HELP OUR NATIONTHROUGH THIS CRISIS.WE HAD TO GET DIRECT, DIRECTFINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THEAMERICAN PEOPLE.WE HAD TO GET HISTORIC AID TOSMALL BUSINESSES TO KEEPPAYCHECKS FLOWING, STABILIZE KEYINDUSTRIES TO BE PREVENT MASSLAYOFFS, AND OF COURSE FLOODMORE RESOURCES INTO THEFRONTLINE HEALTH CARE BATTLEITSELF.ONE WEEK AGO, SENATE REPUBLICANSLAID DOWN AN INITIAL PROPOSALTHAT TACKLED EACH, EACH OF THESEEMERGENCY MISSIONS.OUR MEMBERS PUT FORWARD BOLDPLANS TO SEND CASH TOHOUSEHOLDS, STAND UP HISTORICEMERGENCY LOANS FOR MAIN STREET,STABILIZE KEY SECTORS, AND PUTTHE FULL MIGHT OF CONGRESSBEHIND OUR DOCTORS, NURSES,HOSPITALS, HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS, AND THE RACE FORTREATMENTS AND VACCINES.I COULDN'T BE PROUDER,MR. PRESIDENT, OF OURCOLLEAGUES.OUR NATION NEEDED US TO GO BIGAND GO FAST, AND THEY DID.THE CREATIVE POLICIES OURCHAIRMAN CRAFTED IN JUST ACOUPLE OF DAYS' TIME REMAIN THECENTRAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF THEPROPOSAL WE WILL PASS TODAY.BUT REPUBLICANS KNEW THE NATIONHAD NO TIME, NO TIME FORCONVENTIONAL POLITICALGAMESMANSHIP, SO THE INSTANT WERELEASED OUR FIRST DRAFT, ICREATED A SERIES OF BIPARTISANWORKING GROUPS, I ASKEDREPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TOWORK TOGETHER AROUND THE CLOCK,LITERALLY AROUND THE CLOCK TOMAKE THE BILL EVEN BETTER.BY SUNDAY, WE HAD AN UPDATEDPROPOSAL THAT WAS EVEN STRONGERAND CONTAINED EVEN MORE IDEASLITERALLY FROM BOTH SIDES, BOTHSIDES.REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HADWORKED TOGETHER TO DRAMATICALLYSTRENGTHEN AND REWORKUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DURINGTHIS CRISIS.WE HAD WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKESURE LOWER INCOME FAMILIES COULDRECEIVE THE FULL CASH ASSISTANCE, AND ON AND ON.MR. PRESIDENT, I WILL LEAVE ITTO OTHERS TO COMPARE THEBIPARTISAN SUNDAY BILL TO THEFINAL VERSION WE WILL PASS TODAYAND DETERMINE WHETHER THE LASTFEW CHANGES REALLY REQUIRED ORMERITED THREE DAYS OF DELAY.THREE DAYS OF DELAY.IN THE FACE OF THIS WORSENINGCRISIS.BUT THAT WASHINGTON DRAMA DOESNOT MATTER ANY MORE.THE SENATE IS GOING TO STANDTOGETHER, ACT TOGETHER, AND PASSTHIS HISTORIC RELIEF PACKAGETODAY.STRUGGLING AMERICANS ARE GOINGTO GO TO THEIR MAILBOXES ANDFIND FOUR-FIGURE CHECKS TO HELPWITH THEIR BILLS.WHY?BECAUSE THE SENATE STEPPED UP.MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO HAVEPOURED EVERYTHING INTO ARESTAURANT OR A SHOP OR A SMALLMANUFACTURER ARE GOING TO KEEPMAKING PAYROLL AND KEEP THEIRBUSINESSES ALIVE BECAUSE THISSENATE STEPPED UP.HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERSIN KEY SECTORS WHO MIGHT WELLHAVE BEEN LAID OFF THROUGH NOFAULT OF THEIR OWN WILL INSTEADGET TO KEEP THEIR JOB ANDCONTINUE THEIR CAREER BECAUSETHIS SENATE STEPPED UP.AND FOR THE HEALTH CARE HEROESWHO LEAVE THEIR OWN SLEEPINGCHILDREN AND DRIVE TO THEHOSPITAL FOR AN ALL-NIGHT SHIFT,WHO SPEND HOUR AFTER HOURHEALING THE SICK, COMFORTINGSTRANGERS, AND LITERALLYBATTLING THIS DISEASE, THEREWILL BE MORE MASKS IN THEIRSUPPLY CLOSETS, MORE FUNDING FORTHEIR HOSPITALS, AND SOON MORENEW TREATMENTS TO ADMINISTER TOTHEIR PATIENTS.BECAUSE THIS SENATE STEPPED UP.SO TODAY, MR. PRESIDENT, THESENATE WILL ACT TO HELP THEPEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WEATHERTHIS STORM.NOBODY THINKS LEGISLATION CANEND THIS.WE CANNOT OUTLAW THE VIRUS.AND NO ECONOMIC POLICY COULDFULLY END THE HARDSHIP SO LONGAS THE PUBLIC HEALTH REQUIRESTHAT WE PUT SO MUCH OF OURNATION'S COMMERCE ON ICE.THIS IS NOT EVEN A STIMULUSPACKAGE.IT IS EMERGENCY RELIEF.EMERGENCY RELIEF, THAT'S WHATTHIS IS.NO, THIS FIGHT IS NOT GOING TOBE WON OR LOST IN WASHINGTON.IT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHOWILL BEAT THIS VIRUS.AMERICANS WILL KEEP MAKINGSACRIFICES TO SLOW DOWN THESPREAD.AMERICANS WILL KEEP PITCHING INAND LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER.AMERICANS WILL KEEP FINDINGCREATIVE WAYS TO STAND UNITED,EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO STAND SIXFEET APART.WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSEOF PEOPLE LIKE AMY JEAN TYLER, ASTAY-AT-HOME MOM IN KENTUCKY WHOIS LEADING A DRIVE TO SEW COTTONMASKS FOR A LOCAL CHILDREN'SHOSPITAL.WE'LL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE OFPEOPLE LIKE GRANT HASTY INSTERNS, KENTUCKY, WHO HASGATHERED VOLUNTEERS TODISTRIBUTE MORE THAN 550HOME-COOKED MEALS.WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSEOF PEOPLE LIKE PEG HAYES WHORUNS A DISTILLERY IN CHRISTIANCOUNTY, KENTUCKY, AND ISTEMPORARILY CONVERTING HERBOURBON-MAKING FACILITY TO CHURNHAND SANITIZER.WE'LL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSENATIONAL COMPANIES ARE SWITCHINGPRODUCTION LINES TO MAKE MEDICALSUPPLIES, BECAUSE OUR LARGESTHIGH-TECH COMPANIES AREPARTNERING WITH THE GOVERNMENTTO THROW SUPERCOMPUTING POWERRIGHT INTO THE RACE TO PROVIDEVACCINES.WE'LL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE OFFAMILIES, NEIGHBORS, AND CHURCHCOMMUNITIES THAT CANNOT EVENWORSHIP TOGETHER IN PERSON,BECAUSE OF SMALL BUSINESSES, BIGBUSINESSES, PUBLIC HEALTH,PH.D.'S, AND LOCALENTREPRENEURS.IT'S BEEN 18 YEARS SINCE EVERYAMERICAN WAS UNITED IN AMAZEMENTAND PRAYER AS FIREFIGHTERS ANDFIRST RESPONDERS RUSHED INTOBURNING BUILDINGS ONSEPTEMBER 11, 2001.IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS,OUR NATION IS GOING TO MEET NEWHEROES.MANY MAY BE POLICE,FIREFIGHTERS, AND E.M.T.'S ONCEAGAIN.MANY OTHERS WILL BE TRUCKDRIVERS, GROCERY STORE CLERKS,AND PHARMACISTS WHO LITERALLYKEEP OUR SUPPLY CHAINS RUNNING.UTILITY WORKERS AND DELIVERYDRIVERS WHO LEAVE THEIR HOMES SOEVERYONE ELSE CAN REMAIN INTHEIRS.TEACHERS WHO SOMEHOW MANAGE TOKEEP EDUCATING THEIR STUDENTSOVER THE INTERNET WHILE LOOKINGAFTER THEIR OWN KIDS AT THE VERYSAME TIME.AND MOST OF ALL, WE'RE GOING TOMEET A WHOLE LOT OF AMERICANHEROES WHO WEAR SCRUBS AND MASKSAND GLOVES.HEROES WHO RUSH TOWARD THE SICKAND WASH THEIR HANDS UNTIL THEYBLEED AND WORK AROUND THE CLOCKTO HEAL OUR FRIENDS AND OURFAMILIES.WHEN OUR NATION COMES THROUGHTHIS AND TAKES FIGHT, WHEN OURNATION COMES THROUGH THIS ANDTAKES FLIGHT AGAIN ON THE OTHERSIDE, IT WILL BE BECAUSEAMERICAN HEROES WON THIS FIGHT.ALL THE SENATE CAN DO IS TO GIVETHEM THE RESOURCES TO DO IT ANDTHAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOINGTO DO TODAY.MR. McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATE MAJORITY LEADER.MR. McCONNELL: I ASK UNANIMOUSCONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THEPROVISION OF RULE 22, THECLOTURE MOTION WITH RESPECT TOTHE MOTION TO PROCEED TO H.R.748 OCCUR AT A TIME TO BEDETERMINED BY THE MAJORITYLEADER IN CONSULTATION WITH THEDEMOCRATIC LEADER DURING TODAY'SSESSION.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ISTHERE OBJECTION?WITHOUT OBJECTION.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM ILLINOIS.MR. DURBIN: YOU HAVE ANANNOUNCEMENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.MR. DURBIN: I ASK THE QUORUMCALL BE VITIATED.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THELEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED.MORNING BUSINESS IS CLOSED.THE SENATE WILL RESUMECONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TOPROCEED TO H.R. 748 WHICH THECLERK WILL REPORT.THE CLERK: MOTION TO PROCEED TOH.R. 748, AN ACT TO AMEND THEINTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TOREPEAL THE EXCISE TAX ONHIGH-COST EMPLOYER-SPONSOREDHEALTH COVERAGE.MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM ILLINOIS.MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT,AMERICA HAS NEVER SEEN ANYTHINGLIKE THIS BEFORE.TO THINK THAT HALF OF THE PEOPLEWHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATESARE UNDER SOME ORDER TO EITHERSTAY HOME OR AT LEAST AVOIDCONTACT WITH OTHERS, UNHEARD OF.THIS IS AN ENEMY, THIS VIRUS,THE LIKES OF WHICH WE'VE NEVERFACED AS STRONG AND DETERMINEDOUR NATION IS WHEN IT COMES TOTHESE CHALLENGES, THIS IS UNIQUE.AND IT CALLS FOR UNIQUELEADERSHIP.THERE ARE A LOT OF CRITICS OFTHE UNITED STATES CONGRESS FORGOOD REASON, BUT I THINK WHATWE'VE DEMONSTRATED IN THE LASTSEVERAL WEEKS SINCE WE'VEADDRESSED THIS CORONAVIRUS ISTHAT THERE IS A CAPACITY FORCOMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN WORK ANDA TIMELINESS THAT IS ESSENTIAL.FIRST TWO MEASURES WERE PASSEDIN RECORD TIME, ONE FOR $8BILLION THAT REALLY OPENED THEDOOR FOR MORE MEDICAL RESOURCES.THE SECOND FOR $100 BILLIONWHICH TRIED TO GUARANTEE TOPEOPLE THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE TOPAY TO BE TESTED FORCORONAVIRUS, THAT THERE WOULD BEADEQUATE FOOD SUPPLIES DURINGTHIS CALAMITOUS TIME, THAT WEWOULD HAVE RESOURCES SENT TO THESTATES FOR MEDICAIDREIMBURSEMENT AT NEW LEVELS,THAT WE WOULD ALSO ENGAGE PEOPLEWITH FAMILY LEAVE IF NECESSARYSO THAT THEY COULD STAY OUT OFTHE WORKPLACE IF THEY FELTBADLY, AND THAT WE'D ALSO HAVEAN IDEA THAT WE WOULD COMETOGETHER AS A NATION TO MOVEUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WITHDISPATCH.THAT PASSED AGAIN IN A TIMELYWAY WITH A BIPARTISAN VOTE.AND THEN WE CAME TO THE THIRDCHALLENGE, A CHALLENGE THE LIKESOF WHICH I'VE NEVER SEEN IN MYTIME IN CONGRESS AND I DON'TIMAGINE ANYONE ELSE HAS.BECAUSE WE DECIDED IN A SPAN OFABOUT SEVEN DAYS TO COME UP WITHA PACKAGE OF AUTHORIZATIONS ANDAPPROPRIATIONS WHICH IS LARGERTHAN THE ANNUAL FEDERAL BUDGETFOR DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARYSPENDING IN AMERICA.IN SEVEN DAYS WE DID WHATUSUALLY TAKES 12 MONTHS ORLONGER, BUT WE KNEW WE HAD TOBECAUSE THE NEED IS THAT GREAT.AND AMERICA WAS WATCHING ANDWONDERING IF WE COULD RISE TOTHAT CHALLENGE.THERE WAS SOME BUMPS IN THE ROADAND IT'S NO SURPRISE.AN UNDERTAKING OF THAT MAGNITUDEWITH THIS KIND OF PRESSURE TOGET THE JOB DONE QUICKLY ANDPROPERLY IS BOUND TO CREATEDIFFERENCES OF OPINION AND ITDID.THERE WERE MOMENTS OF ANXIETY ONTHE FLOOR OF THE SENATE ANDTHOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED C-SPANHAVE WATCHED MANY SPEECHES THATREFLECTED THE EMOTIONAL LEVELSTHAT WERE REACHED IN THISCHAMBER.BUT THE EMOTIONS IN THIS CHAMBERWERE NOT THAT DIFFERENT THAN THEEMOTIONS IN MOST HOMES ACROSSAMERICA AS PEOPLE WORRY ABOUTWHETHER THIS ILLNESS WILL TOUCHTHEIR FAMILIES AND IF SO, WILLTHEY BE ABLE TO CONQUER IT.THAT EMOTION ON THE SENATE FLOORLED US TO FURTHER NEGOTIATIONSIN AN EFFORT TO TRY TO MAKE ABILL PRESENTED TO US ON SUNDAYBETTER THREE DAYS LATER.AND THAT BRINGS US TO THISMOMENT.HISTORY WILL JUDGE AS THESENATOR FROM KENTUCKY NOTEDEARLIER AS TO WHETHER THERE'S ANIMPROVEMENT THAT'S BEEN MADE TOTHIS BILL OVER THE LAST 72HOURS.I'LL JUST STAND UP AND TELL YOUI WOULD TESTIFY DEFINITELY,DEFINITELY BECAUSE JUST CONSIDERTHE FIRST PRIORITY.WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THATHOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AT EVERY LEVEL INAMERICA ARE PROPOSED TO RISE TOTHIS -- ARE PREPARED TO RISE TOTHIS CHALLENGE, AND WE KNOW THISIS A CHALLENGE THE LIKES OFWHICH WE'VE NEVER SEEN.WHEN THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORKSUGGESTS THAT THE HOSPITALS OFTHAT GREAT STATE EXPAND THEIRCAPACITY BY 50% AS QUICKLY ASPOSSIBLE TO TAKE THE INCOMINGPATIENTS FROM THIS COVID-19VIRUS AND BE PREPARED, HE SAID,TO EXPAND IT BY 100%, WEAPPRECIATE THE MAGNITUDE OF THECHALLENGE.ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OURLEADER SENATOR SCHUMER HASCALLED IT A MARSHALL PLAN FORHOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE.I DON'T THINK THAT'S ANEXAGGERATION.THE BILL THAT WAS PRESENTED TOUS ON SUNDAY ENVISIONED SOME $75BILLION FOR THAT PURPOSE ANDMANY OF US FELT THAT WAS NOTADEQUATE AS LARGE AS THAT NUMBERMAY BE.SO TODAY WE'LL BRING A BILL TOTHE FLOOR THAT WILL INCREASETHAT ALLOCATION FOR HEALTH CAREFROM THE $75 BILLION IN THE BILLJUST THREE DAYS AGO TO $130BILLION.IS IT ENOUGH?PROBABLY NOT UNLESS GOD SPARESUS FROM THE SPREAD OF THISDISEASE EVEN FURTHER IN THEUNITED STATES.BUT IT SAYS TO THOSE WHO AREANXIOUSLY EXPANDING THEIRRESOURCES, EXPANDING THE NUMBEROF BEDS, BRINGING IN RETIREDMEDICAL PERSONNEL AS THEGOVERNOR FROM ILLINOIS J.P.PRITZKER IS DOING, THAT WE HEARTHEM AND WE'RE PROVIDING THEMTHE RESOURCES TO GO TO WORK TOFIGHT THIS CHALLENGE THAT WEFACE AT EVERY CORNER OF THEUNITED STATES.THE SECOND THING WE SET OUT TODO WHEN THE BILL WAS PRESENTEDSUNDAY WAS TO EXPAND THEOPPORTUNITY FOR UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE.SOME HAVE CRITICIZED ON THEFLOOR AND SAID DON'T GET INTOSTRUCTURAL CHANGES.WELL, YOU COULDN'T EXPANDUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WITHOUTGETTING INTO A STRUCTURAL CHANGEBECAUSE THE SYSTEM WHICH AFFECTSONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OFAMERICANS IS NOT ADEQUATE INMOST CASES TO KEEP A FAMILYTOGETHER.IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB AND TRY TOLIVE ON TAKE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK-- ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK,IT'S HARD TO DO.PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HOMES OVERTHAT, THEIR CARS.THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR UTILITYBILLS.AND SO WHAT WE'VE DONE, IT'SBEEN DESCRIBED AS PUTTINGUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ONSTEROIDS.THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WHICH ISGOING TO BE SENT TO FAMILIES WHOARE FURLOUGHED, LAID OFF, ORUNEMPLOYED IS DRAMATICALLYBIGGER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEENIF WE HADN'T RESTRUCTUREDUNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRESIDENTAND WHITE HOUSE SUGGESTED DIRECTCASH PAYMENTS.WE NEVER ARGUED AGAINST THOSE,BUT SAID IT'S JUST ADOWNPAYMENT.IT'S JUST A SINGLE CHECK.WE BELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE IS GOING TO BE AGUARANTEE OF PAYMENTS FOR MONTHSTO COME.SINCE SUNDAY WE EXPANDED THEPERIOD OF ADDITIONALUNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FROMTHREE MONTHS TO FOUR MONTHS.THERE'S A BIG PRICE ON THAT, OFCOURSE, BUT WE THINK IT'SREASONABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE PEACEOF MIND THAT FOR FOUR MONTHSTHEY'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIRFAMILIES TOGETHER AS WE WORK OURWAY THROUGH THESE MEDICALCHALLENGES AND GOD WILLING SEEOUR ECONOMY BACK ON ITS FEET.I HOPE THAT HAPPENS.I HOPE IT'S EVEN SOONER.BUT WE'RE PREPARED FOR FOURMONTHS.THE THIRD THING WE SET OUT TO DOIS ONE THAT'S NEAR AND DEAR TOMY IN MY STATE AND I BET IN MOSTOTHER STATES, WE SET OUT TOCOMPENSATE THE STATES AND SOMELOCALITIES, COUNTIES, AND CITIESWHICH ARE EXPENDING SUBSTANTIALSUMS OF MONEY BECAUSE OFCOVID-19 THREATS THAT THEY AREFACING.LET'S FACE IT, FOR THE MOSTPART, OUR GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN INTHE FRONT LINE OF DEFENSE WHENIT COMES TO AMERICA'S HEALTHCARE OVER THE LAST SEVERALWEEKS.THEY'VE DONE EXCEPTIONAL THINGSAND THEY'VE BEEN CALLED ON TOSPEND MONEY IN WAYS THAT THEYNEVER DREAMED THEY WOULD BECALLED ON TO SPEND.FOR EXAMPLE, UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS, WHICH INVOLVE STATEPAYMENTS IN MANY RESPECTS HAVEMUSHROOMED AND SKYROCKETED,SOMETIMES TEN TIMES THE NUMBERSTHAT THEY WERE JUST LAST YEAR ATTHE SAME TIME.MY GOVERNOR AND OTHERS, MAYORSAND THE LEADERS OF COUNTYGOVERNMENT HAVE COME FORWARD ANDSAID, ARE YOU GOING TO HELP US?WE'RE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEYBECAUSE OF THIS COVID-19.WELL, THIS BILL DOES IT.IT WAS NOT AN EASY TASK.WE HAD TO CONVINCE THE OTHERSIDE THAT IT WAS MONEY WELLSPENT, AND I'M HAPPY TO REPORTTHAT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WEREACHED THAT AGREEMENT, SOME$150 MILLION WILL BE GOING TOTHESE STATE AND LOCALGOVERNMENTS, AS IT SHOULD.THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I BELIEVEWILL MOVE US DOWN THE PATH TORESOLVING THIS CHALLENGE INAMERICA AND DOING IT IN A PROPERWAY, ALWAYS KEEPING IN MIND THATTHE WELFARE OF WORKERS AND THEIRFAMILIES IS THE PARAMOUNTCONCERN.FIRST THE INVESTMENT IN THEMEDICAL SIDE TO STOP THEONSLAUGHT, SECOND THE SUPPORTFOR FAMILIES AND WORKERS ACROSSAMERICA.IN WERE SOME ITEMS THAT ARESTILL BE DEBATED ON THE FLOORHERE.YOU HEARD IT IN THE EARLYSTATEMENTS BY THE MAJORITYLEADER, AND THOSE RELATE TO THEBENEFITS TO BE GIVEN TOBUSINESSES TO KEEP THEM MOVINGFORWARD.WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE AVIATIONINDUSTRY IS AT THE HEART OF THEAMERICAN ECONOMY.IT IS AN ENGINE IN ONE RESPECTTO MOVE IT AND A REFLECTION OFITS ACTIVITY IN ANOTHER RESPECT,AND THAT AVIATION INDUSTRY ISFLAT ON ITS BACK.SOME 80% TO 90% OF THE PASSENGERLOAD HAS DISAPPEARED, HUNDREDSOF THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES IN THEAIRLINE INDUSTRY HAS COME TO USAND ASKED FOR HELP, AND WE'REPREPARED TO DO THAT AND THAT ISPART OF THE PACKAGE THAT WILLCOME BEFORE US.THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO ASKEDFOR RESOURCES TO BE LOANED TOOTHER BUSINESSES THAT NEED AHELPING HAND.I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THAT.SOME ARE, BUT I'M NOT.BUT CAN I DO BELIEVE A ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AREESSENTIAL.SINCE SUNDAY, WE HAVEDRAMATICALLY CHANGED THISPACKAGE SO THAT THERE WILL BETRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITYON A TIMELY BASIS AS DECISIONSARE MADE BY THIS ADMINISTRATIONTO ALLOCATE THESE TAXPAYER FUNDSTO HELP THESE COMPANIES.SOME OF US LEARNED A BITTERLESSON IN THE PAST WHEN BENEFITSWERE GIVEN TO CORPORATIONS ANDTHEY WERE MISUSED FOR STOCKBUYBACKS AND DIVIDENDS ANDPROFITEERING AT A TIME OF GREATNATIONAL NEED.WE DON'T WANT TO REPEAT THATSTORY.WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THATTAXPAYER DOLLARS INVESTED INTHESE CORPORATIONS ARE REALLYDESIGNED TO GET THEM BACK ONTHEIR FEET AND THE ECONOMYMOVING FORWARD ON THE BENEFIT OFEVERYONE WHO LIVES IN THISCOUNTRY.THAT KIND OF TRANSPARENCY ANDACCOUNTABILITY IS ESSENTIAL.I BELIEVE THIS NEW AGREEMENTSOME THREE DAYS AFTER THEORIGINAL ONE WAS PROPOSED ISIMPROVEMENT.CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO BOTHSIDES BECAUSE DEMOCRATS ANDREPUBLICANS HAD TO AGREE FORTHIS TO MAKE THE FINAL PACKAGE.BUT WE AGREE WE WILL VOTE ONTHIS AFTERNOON AND I BELIEVE WEWILL ENJOY STRONG BIPARTISANSUPPORT FROM THE SENATE IS ADRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN THE LAST72 HOURS.CREDIT TO BOTH SIDES.WE BELIEVED SOME OF THESE IDEASWERE ESSENTIAL AND THAT'S WHY WEVOTED LIKE WE DID ON THE FLOORBUT TO REACH AGREEMENT, IT TOOKBOTH SIDES.I WANT TO SALUTE MY COLLEAGUES,STARTING WITH THE DEMOCRATICLEADER, SENATOR SCHUMER.HE PUT IN SOME HOURS.I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMESI STEPPED IN HIS OFFICE AND HISSECRETARY TOLD ME HE WAS MEETINGWITH SECRETARY MNUCHIN.THEY STARTED FROM MIDNIGHT UNTILFRESH IN THE MORNING TO REACH ANAGREEMENT.I THINK WE'RE FINALLY DONE.THERE'S A FEW LITTLE AGREEMENTS.SO SENATOR SCHUMER AND HISSTAFF, AND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES,RANKING MEMBERS WHO PITCHED INTHIS THEIR COMMITTEES OFJURISDICTION TO COME UP WITHGOOD IDEAS AND TO SELL THEM IN ABIPARTISAN AGREEMENT.IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL AMOUNT OFWORK.SPECIAL CREDIT TO MY STAFF MYOWN AND THE OTHERS WHO HAVE COMETO WORK IN THIS DANGEROUSMOMENT.WE'VE BEEN TOLD TO STAY HOME,TELEWORK WHERE YOU CAN.IN SOME CASES YOU CAN'T.THOSE WHO DID SHOW UP TO THECAPITOL, INCLUDING THE STAFF ONTHE FLOOSH, COME AT -- FLOOR,COME AT RISK, RISK TO THEIR OWNHEALTH AND FAMILY MEMBERS ANDOTHERS.I THANK THEM FOR THIS IT IUNDERSTAND WE MAY BE GONE FORSEVERAL WEEKS, AND I THINK THATIS APPROPRIATE, BUT FOR ANATIONAL EMERGENCY WHICH CALLSUS BACK, AND WE WILL COME BACKIF THAT IS NECESSARY, I THINK WESHOULD TAKE TIME AWAY FROM ONEANOTHER, AWAY FROM THE CAPITOLTO MIND OUR OWN HEALTH AND THEWELL-BEING OF OUR OWN FAMILIESAND WORK BACK HOME BEST WE CAN,TELECONFERENCING AND OTHER WAYSTO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE'VEDONE WITH THIS LEGISLATION.I HOPE I CAN ENGAGE MYCOLLEAGUES IN THINKING ABOUTANOTHER ISSUE.SENATOR PORTMAN, REPUBLICAN FROMOHIO, HAVE INTRODUCEDLEGISLATION CALLING FOR AT LEASTAN INQUIRY AT THIS MOMENT INHISTORY ABOUT REMOTE VOTING ORSOME DIFFERENT APPROACH TOVOTING THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE OURREPORTING TO THE FLOOR IN TIMESOF NATIONAL EMERGENCY.IT JUST MAKES SENSE.OUR MEETINGS AT THE SENATEALMOST EVERY SINGLE DAY HAVEVIOLATED C.D.C. GUIDELINES THATTELL US NOT TO GATHER IN A GROUPOF TEN OR MORE.AND, YET, WE COME TO THE FLOORBECAUSE WE HAVE TO BECAUSE THISIS LIFE OR DEATH WHEN IT COMESTO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE'RECONSIDERING AND WE KNOW WHAT OURJOBS ARE.WE CAN FIND A BETTER WAY TO DOTHIS IN THE 21st CENTURY USINGTHE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS -- ISAVAILABLE IN SO MANY DIFFERENTWAYS TO HAVE VERIFIABLE,ACCURATE, HONEST VOTING FORTHOSE WHO CANNOT OR SHOULD NOTPHYSICALLY BE PRESENT ON THEFLOOR.I'VE SPOKEN TO ELIZABETHMCDONOUGH, THE PARLIAMENTARIANOF THE SENATE AND HER STAFF ANDWANT TO ENGAGE IN ACONVERSATION.WHAT WE KNOW IS THIS ISHISTORIC, AND IT REALLY IS ADRAMATIC CHANGE FROM WHEN WE'VEDONE IN THE PAST.I DON'T THINK IT'S UNREALISTIC.I THINK IT REFLECTS THE REALITYOF WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITH APUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, IT COULDREFLECT WHAT WE DEAL WITHTOMORROW IF WE CAN DEAL WITH ANATIONAL EMERGENCY OR GOD FORBIDTERRORIST ACTIVITY THAT KEEPS USFROM THIS BUILDING WHEN WE STILLHAVE WORK TO DO.I WANT TO THANK SENATOR PORTMAN,SENATOR KLOBACHAR, WHO HAS BEENONE OF THE LEADERS IN THISEFFORT, SENATOR SCHATZ, WHO IS ACOSPONSOR.WE ARE UP TO 20 COSPONSORS ON ABIPARTISAN BASIS IN THISMOVEMENT TO CHANGE THE SENATERULES.I HOPE WE CAN HAVE CONFERENCECALLS DURING THE TIME WE'REPHYSICALLY AWAY FROM THE CAPITOLAND MOVE THIS BUSINESS FORWARD.THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THESAME THING AS WELL.NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT.IT IS TIME TO BRING THIS GREATBODY, THE UNITED STATES SENATEINTO THE 21st CENTURY WHEN ITCOMES TO EXECUTING OURCONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITYWITHOUT ENDANGERING ANYONE,ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE STAFFAND THEIR FAMILY.MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THEFLOOR.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM WYOMING.MR. BARRASSO: MR. PRESIDENT, FORFAMILIES, IF FOR HEALTH CAREWORKERS, FOR SMALL BUSINESSES,PEOPLE WHO ARE WAKING UP TODAYALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AREASKING WHAT'S NEXT?I BELIEVE TODAY WE CAN REPORT,THERE IS GOOD NEWS.THE RESOLVE AND DETERMINATION OFTHIS SENATE, WORKING IN ABIPARTISAN WAY, AND WORKING WITHTHE WHITE HOUSE, HAVE DELIVEREDA RESCUE PLAN, A RESCUE PLAN FORTHE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FORAMERICAN HEALTH CARE WORKERS.TODAY WE ARE GOING TO PASS NEWAUTHORITIES, NEW RESOURCES ANDNEW PROGRAMS TO DEAL WITH TWOCRISIS THAT WE, AS A NATION AREFACING.ONE IS THE MEDICAL CRISIS, THECORONAVIRUS, AND THE OTHER ISTHE ECONOMIC CRISIS THAT IS ARESULT -- A DIRECT RESULT OF THEMEDICAL CRISIS THAT WE AREFACING.THE SENATE IS PROVIDING ANOVERWHELMING AND A MASSIVEHEALTH CARE AND ECONOMICRESPONSE PACKAGE.WE'RE DOING BOTH.AND WE HAVE TO DO BOTH AT THESAME TIME.IT'S A RESCUE OPERATION.THE RESOURCES THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS NEED AND THERESOURCES THAT ARE OUR ECONOMYNEEDS.THE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES AREGOING TO BE SURGING FORCOMMUNITIES ALL AROUND THECOUNTRY, EVERY ONE OF THE 50STATES IS AFFECTED.OVER $100 BILLION FOR OURHOSPITALS AND FOR THE HEROES WHOARE TAKING CARE OF CORONAVIRUSPATIENTS.MR. PRESIDENT, AS YOU KNOW, I'MA PHYSICIAN, PRACTICED MEDICINEFOR A LONG TIME IN WYOMING.PEOPLE GO INTO MEDICINE SO THATTHEY CAN DO A NUMBER OF THINGS.YOU GO INTO MEDICINE AND WHAT WEEXPECT OF OUR HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS IS TO SAVE LIVES, TOCURE THE PARTICULAR, AND TOPREVENT DISEASE.FOR ALL OF THOSE MEN AND WOMENWORKING IN THIS PROFESSION, IWILL TELL YOU THIS WILL BE THEIRFINEST HOUR.WE'RE HEARING ABOUT HEROES ALLOVER THE COUNTRY AND THAT ISGOING TO CONTINUE AS LONG ASTHIS CRISIS IS IN EFFECT.BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKINGTHEM TO DO EVERY DAY, SAVELIVES, HEAL THE SICK, ANDPREVENT DISEASE.WE SEE THAT WITH OUR PUBLICHEALTH OFFICE HOARSE ARE TRYINGTO PREVENT DISEASE, WE SEE IT INTHE COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE TRYINGTO HEAL THE SICK AND TO SAVE THELIVES IN THE HOSPITALS DAY ANDNIGHT.AND WHAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR USARE RESOURCES AND THAT IS NOWGOING TO BE PROVIDED IN THE BILLTHAT WE'RE GOING TO PASS TODAYAND WILL HOPEFULLY SOON BE ONTHE PRESIDENT'S DESK.SO WE'RE ALSO SURGING DOLLARS TOINDIVIDUALS AND TO FAMILIES ANDTO BUSINESSES AND DISTRESSEDPARTS OF OUR ECONOMY.DIRECT MONEY TO -- $1,200 PERINDIVIDUAL, $500 PER CHILD.YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND$350 BILLION IN BRIDGE LOANS ANDGRANTS TO SMALL- ANDMEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES.UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO MAKEWORKERS -- YOU KNOW, WE'RETALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO AREWORKING AND READY TO GO TO WORKTHE NEXT DAY THAT WEREN'T ABLETO BECAUSE OF THE MEDICAL CRISISAFFECTING US.SO WORKERS WHO WEREN'T ABLE TOWORK RIGHT NOW TO MAKE SURE THEYARE MADE WHOLE.NOW, WE HAVE HELD THE LINEAGAINST SO MANY OF THEIDEOLOGICAL ISSUES THATDEMOCRATS, AND SPECIFICALLY THESPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TRIED TOPUT INTO THIS LEGISLATION.WE MADE IT CLEAR, LIVES ARE ATSTAKE.THOSE ARE DEBATES FOR ANOTHERDAY.THE CRISIS IS UPON US AND THERESCUE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE.I BELIEVE TIME WAS WASTED.TIME -- WE SHOULD HAVE PASSEDTHIS LAST SUNDAY.TIME WAS WASTED AND IT'S TIMETHAT WAS WASTED THAT THEAMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE.DIDN'T HAVE.BUT TODAY WE ARE WORKING ON THISACTION PLAN.PASS THE SENATE BILL TODAY TOSURGE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES TOTHE FRONT LINES.THE HOUSE CANNOT DELAY.MR. PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE NEEDSTO GET THIS PASSED TODAY ANDSENT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THEUNITED STATES FOR HISSIGNIFICANT TODAY.AMERICA SHOULD NOT WAKE UPTOMORROW AND HAVE TO WATCH ANDWAIT AND WORRY TO SEE IF THEHOUSE WAS GOING TO PASS THISBILL.THE HOUSE NEEDS TO VOTE.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED THATASSURANCE TODAY.AMERICAN FAMILIES, EVERYONE,HAVE -- PEOPLE ARE DOING IT ALLAROUND THE COUNTRY.PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TORAMP UP MANUFACTURING OF MEDICALEQUIPMENT, MAFNTION,VENTILATORS, RECIPIENTS, TESTSTO SAVE LIVES.PEOPLE WILL CUT RED TAPE FORTREATMENT AND VACCINES.GOING FORWARD, AND I SEE THEMINORITY LEADER ON THE FLOOR,GOING FORWARD WE NEED TO TAKE ALONG, HARD LOOK AT OUR SUPPLYCHAIN.CHINA HAS BEEN EXPOSED.WE CANNOT ALLOW OURSELVES EVERAGAIN TO BE IN ANY WAY DEPENDENTON CHINA FOR MEDICINES, FORMATERIALS, OR -- MY FOCUS, ALONGWITH THE PRESIDENT'S FOCUS IS TOBRING AMERICA BACK STRONGER THANEVER BEFORE.WE ARE A STRONG AND RESILIENTNATION.WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.OUR COUNTRY'S HEALTH CAREINFRASTRUCTURE AND OUR ECONOMICRESOLVE IS TODAY BEING TESTED.WE WILL DEFEAT THE VIRUS AND WEWILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER.THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, AND IYIELD THE FLOOR.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM WASHINGTON.MS. CANTWELL: MR. PRESIDENT, ICOME TO THE FLOOR TO THANK MYCOLLEAGUES FOR ALL THEIR HARDWORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND TOURGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MOVEFORWARD TODAY BECAUSE THE STATEOF WASHINGTON DESPERATELY NEEDSTHIS HELP.WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS PACKAGETHAT LITERALLY HAS BEEN CRAFTEDSINCE SATURDAY ABOUT 10:00 ANDPEOPLE RUNNING TO COLLABORATEAND THERE WERE MANY CHALLENGESTO THAT COLLABORATION.I ALSO THINK OF THE PEOPLE ONTHE FRONT LINE IN THE STATE OFWASHINGTON WHO HAVE PAID SUCH AHEAVY PRICE.FROM THE FACTORY WORKER WE JUSTLOST IN EVERETT, WASHINGTON, TOTHE GROCERIER WHO WAS TRYING TODELIVER GROCERIES TO THE PUBLIC,TO A PATHOLOGIST WHO WAS ALEADER IN THIS FIELD BUT ALSOLOST HIS LIFE, REAL SACRIFICEAND REAL CRUSHING BLOWS HAVEBEEN DEALT IN THIS DECEMBER.BUT TODAY WE ARE RESPONDING WITHMORE HELP FROM OUR STATE.WE ARE GIVING THEM MORE MONEYFOR HOSPITALS, MORE MONEY FORTHE FRONT LINE WITH PROTECTIVEGEAR, MORE MONEY FOR TESTING,AND MORE MONEY TO SUPPORT THEMAS THEY CONTINUE THE EFFORT TOTRY TO STOP THIS DISEASE.IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE GIVESTATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ANDTRIBES THE RESOURCES THEY NEEDTO BE ON THE FRONT LINES INFIGHTING THIS DISEASE, AND ITHANK OUR GOVERNOR, GOVERNORINSLEE, FOR LEADING THAT CHARGEEVERY SINGLE DAY IN TRYING TOFOCUS OUR RESPONSE ON THISDISEASE.BECAUSE WE WERE THE SITE OF THEFIRST COVID-19 CASE, WE HAVEBEEN AT THIS SINCE JANUARY 21.AND THE SADNESS THAT WE HAVE ALLFELT OVER THE KIRKLAND NURSINGHOME WHERE WE LOST SO MANYPATIENTS WE HOPE WILL BE ALESSON FOR THE REST OF THENATION TO PAY ATTENTION TO THESERIOUSNESS OF THIS VIRUS.WE'RE HERE TODAY, THOUGH, TOALSO BESIDES GIVING THATFRAUGHTLINE SUPPORT -- THATFRONTLINE SUPPORT TO STATES, TOCITIES, TO COUNTIES, AND TOOTHER HEALTH CARE DELIVERYSYSTEM, WE'RE ALSO HERE TO SAYWE WANT TO TRY TO LESSEN THEECONOMIC IMPACTS OF A SHELTER INPLACE OR SOCIAL DISTANCING.OUR BUSINESSES, SMALL BUSINESSESHAVE BEEN HIT HARD.OUR RESTAURANTS, OUR OTHERBUSINESSES WHO SHUT DOWN WHODON'T HAVE THE SAME RESOURCES TOCOME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND TOLOBBY FOR AID AND SUPPORT BUTARE COUNTING ON US TO CREATE APROGRAM THAT SMALL BUSINESSESCAN GET BOTH GRANTS AND LOANS SOTHE $360 BILLION IN THIS PROGRAMI HOPE S.B.A. WILL HELP DISPATCHWITH URGENCY TO THOSE BUSINESSESWHO HAVE COMPLIED AND HAVE DONETHEIR BEST TO KEEP THEIREMPLOYEES WHILE ALSO SHUTTINGDOWN THEIR BUSINESS.WE ALSO KNOW THAT THEUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN THISPACKAGE WHICH WILL BE FOR FOURMONTHS WILL BE A BOOST TO GIVINGPEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED ANDTHE EXPANSION OF THAT DEFINITIONTO COVER THOSE WHO ARE PART OF AGIG ECONOMY THAT MAY NOT HAVEBEEN COVERED IN THE PAST ISIMPORTANT TO GIVE PEOPLE THESAFETY NEAT TO MAKE IT THROUGHTHIS PROCESS.I WISH WE WOULD HAVE COME TOTERMS ON EVEN ALLOWING FOR COBRAENHANCEMENTS, PARTICULARLY FORTHE AEROSPACE SECTOR.I'LL BE FILING A BILL TODAY TOMAKE SURE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TOMOVE THROUGH THIS CRISIS, THATWE THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO AREGOING TO HAVE A SHIFT -- OR LAIDOFF AS WE HAVE SEEN IN RECENTDAYS IN EVERETT, WASHINGTON,THAT THEY, TOO, COULD HAVEHEALTH CARE BEYOND JUST ONEMONTH OF A COBRA HEALTH PLAN.IT'S SO IMPORTANT IN FIGHTINGTHIS DISEASE THAT NOT ONLY WETAKE CARE OF UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS BUT WE ALSO MAKE SUREPEOPLE IN UNEMPLOYMENT HAVEACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.WE CAN'T BE IN THE MIDST OF APANDEMIC AND NOT GIVE PEOPLEAFFORDABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE.I ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOROTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS PACKAGETHAT ARE HELPING IN GIVINGINDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS RELIEF INTHE SENSE OF A REBATE CHECK.NOT ONLY WILL INDIVIDUALS GET AREBATE CHECK BUT FAMILIES AREBATE CHECK OF $2,400 THATSHOULD HELP THOSE WHO HAVE BEENHIT HARDEST BY THIS DISEASE TOHELP IN THESE SUSTAINING DAYS INWHICH WE ARE SHELTERING IN PLACEIN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THINGSTHAT WE NEED TO DO, AND WHILE ISUPPORT THE ELEMENTS OFSUPPORTING THE AVIATION INDUSTRYIN THIS PACKAGE, I WISH THAT WEWOULD HAVE GOTTEN MOREREQUIREMENTS ON THE AIRLINEINDUSTRIES FOR THE GRANT SECTIONOF THIS BILL.I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT IN THEFUTURE IN A HEALTHIER AIRLINEINDUSTRY THEY SHOULD PAY MONEYBACK TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.WE CERTAINLY SHOULD BEPROTECTING THE WORKFORCE DURINGTHIS TIME PERIOD, AND THAT ISWHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT, TO MAKESURE THAT AN AIRLINE DOESN'TTAKE MONEY FROM THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT OR GO INTO BANKRUPTCYAND SHORTCHANGE THE WORKERS ANDTHE WORKFORCE AS HAS BEEN DONEIN PREVIOUS PACKAGES TO THEM.I FULLY SUPPORT, THOUGH, THELOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM AND THELOAN GUARANTEES THAT ARE SOIMPORTANT AND SO QUALIFIED INTHIS PACKAGE TO HAVE VERYSPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO THEM.I ALSO WANT TO THANK MYCOLLEAGUES FROM THE BANKINGCOMMITTEE WHO WORKED HARD ONPROVISIONS IN THIS LEGISLATIONTO MAKE SURE THERE WAS MORETRANSPARENCY IN THE PROCESS FORWHO GOT ACCESS TO THE GRANTS --I'M SORRY, TO THE LOANS IN THISPACKAGE.WHILE WE THINK OF THE PROCESSESWE'VE BEEN THROUGH BEFORE ONTARP AND THE PROCESSES WE'VEBEEN THROUGH BEFORE ON OTHERLENDING, OUR COLLEAGUES HERE ONTHIS SIDE OF THE AISLE MADE SURETHAT THERE WERE BETTERREQUIREMENTS FOR OVERSIGHT,INSPECTOR GENERALS' ACCOUNTINGOF THE RESOURCES, AND TO MAKESURE WE KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THESEDOLLARS WERE BEING SPENT.I KNOW TREASURY WILL HAVE ITSHANDS FULL, BUT BECAUSE OFDEMOCRATS WE WILL HAVE MORETRANSPARENCY IN EXACTLY HOWTHOSE DOLLARS GO OUT THE DOOR.SO, MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TOTHANK LEADER SCHUMER AND HISSTAFF FOR WORKING SO DILIGENTLYON THIS PACKAGE.IT HAS BEEN A VERY HECTIC COUPLEOF DAYS.AND I WOULD SAY A SPECIAL THANKSTO THE COMMERCE COMMITTEE STAFF,TO DAVID STRICKLAND, MELISSAPORTER, DAVID MARTIN, RON ALTMANWHO LITERALLY HAVE BEEN CAMPEDOUT FOR PROBABLY SINCE LASTSATURDAY WORKING AND PERFECTINGTHE LANGUAGE IN THESE SECTIONSRELATED TO AVIATION.AS I SAID, THERE'S MORE WORK TODO, AND WE ALL KNOW THERE'S MOREWORK TO DO.I KNOW THAT I WANT TO CONTINUETO FIGHT FOR THE AVIATION SUPPLYCHAIN TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WECOME OUT OF THIS CRISIS AFTER ANECONOMIC DOWNTURN AROUND THEGLOBE, THAT THE UNITED STATES ISWELL POSITIONED TO RETURN THESUPPLY CHAIN WORKFORCE TOBUILDING ONE OF AMERICA'S BESTPRODUCTS, AIRPLANES, ONE OFAMERICA'S GREATEST -- ACTUALLYAMERICA'S SINGLE LARGESTEXPORTS, AIRPLANES.BUT TO DO THAT WE'RE GOING TOHAVE TO GET THROUGH THIS CRISISAND PROTECT WHAT WE THINK NEEDSTO BE CONTINUED HEALTH CAREACCESS TO THOSE LAID OFFWORKERS.SO LET'S GET THESE DOLLARS TOTHE FRONT LINE, TO OURHOSPITALS, TO OUR STATES FORBETTER EQUIPMENT, FOR MORESUPPLIES.LET'S SUPPORT THEM IN DOING WHATTHEY DO BEST, HELPING TO FIGHTTHIS DISEASE AND SEEING THISTHROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OFAMERICA'S CHALLENGE.I THANK THE PRESIDENT AND IYIELD THE FLOOR.MR. SCHUMER: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEMINORITY LEADER.MR. SCHUMER: FIRST LET ME TANKTHE SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON FORHER HARD AND DILIGENT WORK.NO ONE -- NO ONE FOUGHT HARDERFOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTONWHICH LIKE MY STATE OF NEW YORKIS IN SUCH CRISIS THAN THE TWOSENATORS FROM WASHINGTON, AND ITHANK SENATOR CANTWELL FOR HERGREAT WORK UP AND DOWN THE LINE,WHETHER IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT,THE COMPANIES, THE PEOPLE OFWASHINGTON STATE, SHE WAS THERE.NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I SAY TO THEAMERICAN PEOPLE, HELP IS ON THEWAY, BIG HELP, QUICK HELP.I SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLEBECAUSE DEMOCRATS INSISTED ONMAKING THIS BILL BETTER, WE CANNOW CALL IT A BILL THAT PUTSWORKERS FIRST, NOT CORPORATIONS,THAT HAS A MARSHALL PLAN FORHOSPITALS, AND THAT HASACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY,AND WATCHDOGS OVER MUCH OF THELENDING THAT IS IN THIS BILL.NOW, SIX DAYS OF SUBTLEDIPLOMACY AND HERE IN THESEMOSTLY NOW EMPTY CORRIDORS WE'VESHAPED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ONTHE LARGEST RESCUE PACKAGE INAMERICAN HISTORY, WHICH WASSEALED LAST NIGHT A FEW MINUTESAFTER 1:00 IN THE MORNING WHENLEADER McCONNELL AND I CAME TOTHE FLOOR TO ANNOUNCE WE HAD ANAGREEMENT.IT WAS NOT A MOMENT OFCELEBRATION BUT RATHER ONE OFNECESSITY.FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS,IT WAS THE DUTY OF THE SENATE TOPRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIONTO SEND AN IMMEDIATE INFUSION OFRESOURCES TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTHSYSTEMS, STATE AND LOCALGOVERNMENTS, SMALL BUSINESS ANDAMERICAN WORKERS.AS I SAID, FROM THE STARTDEMOCRATS HAD TWO MAIN GOALS, AMARSHALL PLAN FOR PUBLIC HEALTHWORKERS AND HOSPITALS ON THEFRONT LINE AND PUTTING WORKERSFIRST, NOT CORPORATIONS.HAD WE NOT ASKED FOR THEREPUBLICAN PARTY TO RECOGNIZE USBY NOT GOING FORWARD ON THOSEFIRST TWO VOTES, THIS BILL WOULDHAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.OUR ACTIONS MADE IT MUCH BETTER.NOT EVERYTHING WE WANTED BUTMUCH, MUCH BETTER.AND WE'RE PROUD AS A CAUCUS ANDUNITED AS A CAUCUS OF THE JOB WEHAVE DONE TO IMPROVE THISLEGISLATION.BECAUSE AFTER ALL, THISLEGISLATION WILL BE WITH US NOTFOR DAYS AND NOT FOR WEEKS, NOTEVEN FOR MONTHS BUT PROBABLY FORYEARS TO IM-- FOR YEARS.TO IMPROVE THIS LEGISLATION WASWORTH TAKING AN EXTRA DAY ORTWO, AFTER THE REPUBLICAN LEADERPUT IT DOWN WITHOUT CONSULTINGUS AND TRIED TO SAY TAKE IT ORLEAVE IT.NOW, LIKE ALL COMPROMISE, THISBILL IS FAR FROM PERFECT, BUT WEBELIEVE THE LEGISLATION HASIMPROVED SUFFICIENTLY TO WARRANTITS QUICK CONSIDERATION ANDPASSAGE.BECAUSE MANY DEMOCRATS ANDREPUBLICANS WERE WILLING TO DOTHE SERIOUS AND HARD WORK, THEBILL IS MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN WESTARTED AND STARTING YESTERDAYMORNING WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TOGET THIS BILL DONE.WE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY ASTHIS BODY SHOULD HAVE WORKED ANDSHOULD WORK, AND HERE WE ARE.ONCE THE LANGUAGE IS READY,DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO SPEED UPTHE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ASMUCH AS POSSIBLE.WE BELIEVE THAT THE LEGISLATIONHAS BEEN IMPROVED SUFFICIENTLYTO WARRANT ITS QUICKCONSIDERATION AND PASSAGE.I EXPECT THE SENATE CAN GET THEJOB DONE IN THE NEW FEW HOURS.NOW, THE AMERICAN PEOPLEWATCHING SHOULD KNOW WHAT IS INTHIS BILL WHICH HAS UNDERGONEMANY REVISIONS OVER THE PAST 48HOURS.MANY OF THE PROGRAMS AND FUNDINGAUTHORITIES THAT ARE BEINGFINALIZED AS WE SPEAK WILL GO TOTHEM DIRECTLY, THE AMERICANPEOPLE AND COULD MAKE THEDIFFERENCE IN THE NEXT FEWMONTHS BETWEEN PUTTING FOOD ONTHE TABLE AND GOING HUNGRY,BETWEEN SURVIVING THIS PERIOD OFUNEMPLOYMENT AND FINANCIAL RUIN.SO LET ME BRIEFLY RUN THROUGHTHE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THEBILL.FIRST, AS I MENTIONED, AMARSHALL PLAN FOR THE AMERICANMEDICAL SYSTEM IS NOW UNDER WAY.THIS AGREEMENT WILL INJECT $150BILLION INTO OUR HOSPITALS ANDHEALTH SYSTEM, HEADLINED BY ANEW HUNDRED BILLION FUND TOPROVIDE OUR HEALTH SYSTEM WITHWHATEVER IT NEEDS TO FIGHT BACK.THE GRANTS IN THAT FUND WILL BEAVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WHO ISFIGHTING CORONAVIRUS.HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES,COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND ALLTYPES OF MEDICAID PROVIDERS ANDSAFETY NET PROVIDERS.IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR PERSONALPROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, TESTINGSUPPLIES, A SURGE IN OUR HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE, ADDITIONALMEDICARE FUNDING, RESEARCH INTOCORONAVIRUS TREATMENTS AND MORE.THE FUNDING WILL LITERALLY ACTAS A LIFELINE AS THE NUMBER OFCOVID-19 CASES CONTINUES TOCLIMB.SO AS I SAID, A MARSHALL PLANFOR AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEM ISNOW UNDER WAY.SECOND, WORKERS FIRST.MILLIONS OF WORKERS THROUGH NOFAULT OF THEIR OWN ARE LOSINGPAYCHECKS WITH NO WAY TO COVERTHEIR DAILY EXPENSES AND MONTHLYBILLS.COMING TO THEIR RESCUE IS APROGRAM DEMOCRATS DEVISED TOBOOST UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.WE CALL IT UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE ON STEROIDS.THE AGREEMENT INCREASES THEMAXIMUM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT BY$600 PER WEEK AND ENSURES THATLAID OFF WORKERS ON AVERAGE WILLRECEIVE THEIR FULL PAY FOR FOURMONTHS.THESE BENEFITS WILL BE MUCHEASIER TO ACCESS AND WILL BEEXPANDED TO INCLUDE PART-TIME,SELF-EMPLOYED, FREELANCERS, ANDGIG ECONOMY WORKERS.AND THE NEW PROGRAM HAS A SECOND-- THE FIRST JOB OF THISPROGRAM, GET MONEY INTO THEPOCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSINGTHEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OFTHEIR OWN, AND IT WILL COMEQUICKLY AND GENEROUSLY.BUT IT HAS A SECOND PURPOSE.IT WILL ALSO ALLOW COMPANIES TOFURLOUGH WORKERS SO THEY CANSTAY ON AS EMPLOYEES, SO THATWHEN GOD WILLING THIS CRISISABATES, THEY CAN QUICKLY RESUMEWORK WITH TIR EMPLOYER ANDBUSINESSES CAN RESEMBLE.WHEN THIS -- REASSEM BALANCE.WHEN THIS CRISIS IS OVER, WEDON'T WANT EVERY WORKER LOSINGTHEIR JOB TO SCATTER TO THEWINDS AND SO MANY GOODBUSINESSES THROUGH NO FAULT OFTHEIR OWN WILL FALL APART.BY KEEPING THEM ON FURLOUGH,PAYING THEM, THE BUSINESSES CANREASSEMBLE QUICKLY.THIS PROPOSAL, UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE ON STEROID, WILL BETHE GREATEST EXPANSION OFUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS INDECADES.A SOCIAL SAFETY NET WIDE ENOUGHTO CATCH THE MILLIONS OFAMERICAN WORKERS WHO BECAMEUNEMPLOYED VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT,WOVEN WITH FIBER STRONG ENOUGHTO HOLD THEM THROUGH THE WORSTOF THIS CRISIS.AS I SAID, WE'RE GOING TO PASSUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ONSTEROIDS.THIRD, OVERSIGHT, TRANSPARENCY,AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL LOANSMADE TO CORPORATIONS.THE REPUBLICAN BILL INITIALLYPUT THE FOCUS ON RESCUINGINDUSTRY AND DID NOT DO ENOUGHTO PROTECT THE HUNDREDS --HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OFTHOUSANDS OF WORKERS THOSEINDUSTRIES EMPLOY.BUT AS A RESULT OF OURNEGOTIATIONS, DEMOCRATS HAVESECURED CRUCIAL WORKERPROTECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE BILLAS CONDITIONS TO RESCUING LARGECOMPANIES, INCLUDING INCENTIVESFOR BUSINESSES TO KEEP WORKERSON THE PAYROLL DURING THECRISIS.FOR THE NEARLY TWO MILLIONAIRLINE EMPLOYEES, DEMOCRATSHAVE ALSO SECURED DIRECT PAYROLLPAYMENTS TO KEEP YOU ON THE JOB.YOUR COLLECTIVE BARGAININGRIGHTS WILL BE PROTECTED ANDAIRLINES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TOSPEND ANY GRANT MONEY ON STOCKBUYBACKS OR C.E.O. BONUS PAY FORTHE LIFE OF THE GRANT PLUS ONEYEAR.DEMOCRATS ALSO SECURED TOUGH NEWREQUIREMENTS ON FEDERAL GRANTSAND LOANS TO ANY INDUSTRY.NO STOCK BUYBACKS FOR THE LENGTHOF ANY LOAN PROVIDED BY THETREASURY PLUS ONE ADDITIONALYEAR.RESTRICTIONS ON ANY INCREASES TOEXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.A REQUIREMENT TO PROTECTCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGAGREEMENTS.DEMOCRATS SECURED A PROHIBITIONON ANY TRUMP ORGANIZATIONBUSINESS OR ANY BUSINESSCONTROLLED BY ANY OTHERGOVERNMENT LEADERS FROMRECEIVING A LOAN FROM THIS BILL.WE COMPELLED THE CREATION OFTREASURY DEPARTMENT SPECIALINSPECTOR GENERAL TO PROVIDEOVERSIGHT OF TREASURY LOANS ANDINVESTMENTS.AN ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE TOPROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS.AND A CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHTCOMMISSION AS WELL.AND THERE WILL BE MUCH-NEEDEDTRANSPARENCY IN THESEREQUIREMENTS AS WELL.THE TREASURY SECRETARY MUST BYLAW MAKE PUBLIC QUICKLY THENAMES AND TERMS OF LOANS OROTHER ASSISTANCE TO CORPORATEBORROWERS.I BELIEVE IT WAS JUSTICEBRANDEIS SAID SUN LIGHT IS THEGREAT DISINFECTANT.IF ANY OF THESE LOANS LOOKUNTOWARD, IF ANY OF THESE LOANSDON'T LOOK RIGHT, THE PUBLIC,THE CONGRESS WILL KNOW QUICKLYAND THAT WILL PUT PRESSURE ONTHE TREASURY SECRETARY NOT TO DOTHEM AND CERTAINLY NOT TO REPEATTHEM.FOURTH, RESOURCES OF STATE,LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTSWHO ARE CARRYING THE WEIGHT OFTHEIR OVERBURDENED HEALTHNETWORKS ON THEIR BUDGETS ISTHERE.THIS CAME DOWN TO THE WIRE.OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS DIDN'TWANT TO DO IT, BUT I'M GLAD THEYACCEDED TO OUR WISHES HERE,BECAUSE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AREHURTING.THEY ARE SPENDING MORE MONEYTHAN THEY HAVE EVER SPENT, ANDAT THE SAME TIME THEIR TAXREVENUES HAVE DECLINED.AND SO WE MUST HELP OUR LOCALGOVERNMENTS, AND WE WILL IN THISLEGISLATION, AND IT WILL BEDISTRIBUTED BETWEEN BOTH THELOCAL GOVERNMENT -- THE COUNTYGOVERNMENTS AND THE STATE.IN THE END, STATE AND LOCALGOVERNMENTS WILL NOW GET$150 BILLION, WITH $8 BILLIONSET ASIDE FOR TRIBALGOVERNMENTS.THE RELIEF IS DESPERATELY NEEDEDBECAUSE STATE REVENUES HAVEDRIED UP ALMOST OVERNIGHTLEAVING THEM WITH UNTENABLECHOICES ABOUT HOW TO ALLOCATETHEIR HEALTH CARE AND OTHERRESOURCES.FIFTH, URGENT HELP FOR SMALLBUSINESSES.MY DAD WAS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN,AN EXTERMINATOR.HE USED TO PACE THE FLOORSSUNDAY NIGHTS UNTIL 2:00 A.M.BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TOWORK.I KNOW HOW SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLEWORRY AND SUFFER UNDER NORMALTIMES LET ALONE THESE DIFFICULTTIMES.THIS BILL OFFERS $350 BILLION INLOAN FORGIVENESS GRANTS TO SMALLBUSINESSES TO KEEP THEIREXISTING WORK FORCE AND TO HELPPAY FOR THINGS LIKE RENT,MORTGAGE, AND UTILITIES.IT PROVIDES $10 BILLION INEMERGENCY GRANTS TO PROVIDEIMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR SMALLBUSINESS OPERATING COSTS.AND OF COURSE THERE ARE MANYTHINGS BESIDES IN THIS BILL.THOSE WERE THE FIVE THINGS WEPUSHED FOR.SMALL BUSINESS WAS MUCH IN THEBILL THAT LEADER McCONNELL PUTFORWARD.ALL THE REST, WE AS DEMOCRATSHAVE PUSHED HARD FOR AND GOTTENIN THE BILL.NOW, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS,TOO.SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES,INCLUDING CHILD CARE, EDUCATION,SENIOR CARE, HOUSING, AND MORE.ONE THING OF PARTICULARIMPORTANCE TO MY STATE IS PUBLICTRANSIT.THE M.T.A. IS DROWNING AFTERSUCH A STEEP AND SUDDEN LOSS OFRIDERSHIP.DEMOCRATS ASKED FOR AND NOW HAVESECURED $25 BILLION LIFEPRESERVER TO KEEP THOSE PUBLICTRANSIT SYSTEMS AFLOAT AS WELL.AND IT'S NOT JUST BIG CITIES.THE BUS SYSTEMS IN RURAL AREASWILL DEPEND ON THIS AS WELL.THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS -- THISBIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WILLPROVIDE MORE RESOURCES TO OURPUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM AND PROTECTAMERICAN WORKERS OF ALL STRIPES.NOW, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THISBILL IS FAR FROM PERFECT.MANY FLAWS REMAIN, SOME SERIOUS,BUT BY NO STRETCH OF THEIMAGINATION IS THIS THE BILL THEDEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE WRITTEN HADWE BEEN IN THE MAJORITY.IF DEMOCRATS HELD THE PEN, WEWOULD HAVE DESIGNED THEASSISTANCE TO TROUBLEDINDUSTRIES IN A COMPLETELYDIFFERENT WAY.WE WOULD HAVE ADDED EVEN MORESUPPORT FOR MEDICAID, HOSPITALS,COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, ANDNURSING HOMES.A NEW PATIENT PROTECTION -- ANDNEW PATIENT PROTECTIONS TOENSURE THAT EVERYONE WITHCORONAVIRUS CAN ACCESS ANDAFFORD TREATMENT.WE WOULD HAVE INCREASED FOODASSISTANCE.WE WOULD HAVE INCLUDED MORERELIEF FOR STUDENT BORROWERS ANDPROHIBITIONS ON EVICTIONS ANDFORECLOSURES ON AMERICANS FORTHE DURATION OF THE CRISIS.WE HAVE GOTTEN MANY OF THOSE BUTNOT ALL ON EVICTIONS ANDFORECLOSURES.WE WOULD HAVE PUT WORKERS FIRSTIN EVERY SINGLE PART OF THEBILL.THAT'S WHAT WE TRIED TO DO HEREAS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT SENATEDEMOCRATS ARE NOT IN THEMAJORITY.WE KNEW THIS BILL HAD TO PASSMUSTER WITH THE REPUBLICANADMINISTRATION, AND A FAILURE TOREACH AN AGREEMENT IN THIS TIMEOF DEEPENING SERIOUS, PAINFULNATIONAL CRISIS WAS SIMPLY NOTAN OPTION.WE HAVE BEFORE US AN IMPERFECTBILL BUT A NECESSARY ONE.DESPITE ITS FLAWS, IT IS FARBETTER THAN WHERE WE STARTED,AND IT'S TIME TO PASS IT.NOW, BEFORE I YIELD THE FLOOR,THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE I HAVE TORECOGNIZE.THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRS ANDDEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBERS ANDTHEIR STAFFS WHO HAVE WORKEDDILIGENTLY ON THIS LEGISLATION.SENATORS LEAHY AND CARDIN ANDSHAHEEN AND WAR REVENUE AND REEDAND PETERS AND WYDEN AND SO MANYMORE I COULD NAME, THE WHOLECAUCUS AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFFS,THANK YOU.THIS BILL IS BETTER BECAUSE OFYOUR LONG HOURS AND HARD WORK.THE FLOOR STAFF WHO KEPT THISCHAMBER OPEN AND RUNNING AT ALLHOURS, WE THANK YOU.SECRETARY MNUCHIN, AIRCRAFTEULAND, MARK MEADOWS, AND THEIRSTAFFS WHO HAVE SPENT MORE TIMEIN MY OFFICE THAN THEY CARE TOADMIT, THANK YOU.NOW TO MY STAFF.I AM BLESSED WITH THE GREATESTSTAFF A SENATOR COULD HAVE.THEY ARE SO DEDICATED TO THEPUBLIC GOOD, THEY ARE SODEDICATED TO THIS COUNTRY, ANDYOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THEMWORKING.JERRY PATRELL AND MEGAN TYRAHAVE A LITTLE BABY AT HOME.BOTH OF THEM HAVE IMPORTANTROLES IN MY STAFF.THEY MET HERE, GOT MARRIED.THEY WERE DAY IN AND DAY OUT.SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE.SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE.I WANT TO THANK MY STAFF.IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAW THEWORK YOU DID, THEY WOULD BE SOPROUD.SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OFMY HEART.OUR COLLEAGUES AND OUR STAFFSHAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES INTHIS WAY BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTANDTHE SACRIFICES BEING MADE BY THEAMERICAN PEOPLE IN HOMES ANDHOSPITALS ACROSS THIS GREATNATION.THE WORKING FAMILIES WHO ARE ATHOME, MISSING PAYCHECKS, PLAYINGTEACHER AND PROVIDER ANDCAREGIVER ALL AT ONCE.THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHOARE VOLUNTEERING TO HELPUNDERSTAFFED MEDICAL FACILITIES,THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHOARE WATCHING THE LABOR OF THEIRLIVES EVAPORATE IN AN INSTANTBUT ARE STILL PAYING THEIRWORKERS AS MUCH AS THEY CANMANAGE.THE NRS AND DOCTORS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO KNOW BETTERTHAN ANYONE THE RISK OFCONTRACTING THIS DISEASE BYTREATING INFECTED PATIENTS WHOGO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WORKINGLONGER SHIFTS TO DO GOD'S WORKANYWAY.TO THEM, TO ALL AMERICANS, I SAYTHIS -- HELP IS ON THE WAY, BIGHELP, QUICK HELP.WE ARE GOING TO TAKE UP THISBILL AND PASS IT TO CARE FORTHOSE WHO ARE NOW CARING FOR USAND HELP CARRY MILLIONS OFAMERICANS THROUGH THESE DARKTIMES.THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE END OFOUR WORK HERE IN CONGRESS, BUTRATHER THE END OF THE BEGINNING.THE CRISIS CONTINUES TO DEEPEN.THERE WILL BE DIFFICULT DAYSAHEAD, AND THE WORST MAY BE YETTO COME, AND WE CERTAINLY MAYHAVE TO COME BACK AND DO FURTHERLEGISLATION, BUT WE KNOW RIGHTNOW HELP IS ON THE WAY.AND WE WILL NOT STOP WORKINGUNTIL WE SEE OUR NATION THROUGHTHIS TIME OF EXTRAORDINARYCHALLENGE.I YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THEABSENCE -- I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. GARDNER: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM COLORADO.MR. GARDNER: I THANK YOU,MR. PRESIDENT.IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK ON THEFLOOR OF THE U.S. SENATE.IT'S A HEAVY OBLIGATION WE HAVEBEFORE US.ON MARCH 17, I WAS CONTACTED BYTHE TRICOUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTTO NOTIFY ME THAT ON MARCH 11, IHAD BEEN IN A MEETING WITH ACOLORADAN WHO LATER TESTEDPOSITIVE FOR COVID-19, AND ATTHE ADVICE OF THE TRICOUNTYHEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THEATTENDING PHYSICIAN IN THECAPITOL, I ENTEREDSELF-QUARANTINE TO PROTECT MYCOLLEAGUES, OUR COMMUNITY, ANDTHEIR FAMILY, AND THAT TIME HASNOW EXPIRED AS OF THIS MORNING.I CERTAINLY REGRET THE FACT THATI MISSED A VOTE THAT PASSED 90-8TO COMPLETE PHASE TWO OF OURHELP TO ADDRESS COVID-19.I WISH I HAD BEEN HERE BECAUSETHE VOTE WOULD HAVE BEEN 91-8.BUT THROUGHOUT THAT TIME THAT IWAS IN QUARANTINE, I HAD ANOPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITHTHOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OFCOLORADANS.TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS AND EVERYCONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO HEARFROM BUSINESS LEADERS, TO HEARFROM BUSINESS INDIVIDUALS WHOHAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, TO HEARFROM PARENTS WHO ARE AT HOMEWITH THEIR KIDS WHO ARE OUT OFSCHOOL, NOT KNOWING IF THEYWOULD GO BACK AT ALL TO WORK.TO FIGURE OUT HOW ZOOM WORKS, TOFIGURE OUT HOW SKYPE WORKS, TOFIGURE OUT HOW TECHNOLOGY WORKSTO TEACH THEIR KIDS AT HOME.THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, I HAVEADOPTED A THREE-PRONG APPROACHTO WHAT WE MUST DO AS A COUNTRYTO GET THROUGH THE CRISIS ATHAND.NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE TO ADDRESSTHE IMMEDIATE HEALTH EPIDEMIC.WHAT WE ARE DOING TO, AS THEEXPERTS SAY, FLATTEN THE CURVETO STOP THE SPREAD, TO PROVIDETHE RESOURCES, THE TESTS, THEPROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT WENEED TO OUR STATES TO MAKE SURETHAT THEY CAN FIGHT THISINVISIBLE VIRUS.WHAT WE CAN BE DOING TO GIVETHEM THE TOOLS, THE SKILLS THEYNEED FOR THE HEROIC EFFORTS OFOUR FRONTLINE HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS, THE DOCTORS, THENURSES, THE CLERICAL STAFF, THEJANITORS, THE CLASSIFIEDWORKERS, ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHOHAVE BEEN SO HEROIC TO PROVIDEHEALTH CARE TO OUR PEOPLE.THAT'S PHASE ONE, MAKING SURETHAT WE STOP THIS EPIDEMIC ANDADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THEAMERICAN PEOPLE.PRONG TWO OF THIS THREE-PRONGAPPROACH IS ABOUT MAKING SURETHAT WE PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WITHIMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, PEOPLE WHOARE TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENSTO THEIR JOB, HOW THEY'RE GOINGTO MAKE ENDS MEET, WHAT THEY'REGOING TO DO TO PUT FOOD ON THETABLE, HOW THEY ARE GOING TO PAYTHEIR RENT, HOW THEY ARE GOINGTO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE, WILL THEYHAVE A RESTAURANT TO GO BACK TO?THAT'S PRONG TWO OF THISAPPROACH.PRONG THREE OF COURSE IS TO GETOUR BUSINESSES UP AND RUNNINGAGAIN TO MAKE SURE THAT WHENTHIS HEALTH EPIDEMIC IS OVER,THIS HEALTH EMERGENCY IS OVER,WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE ANECONOMY THAT SNAPS BACK AND RUNSSTRONG.AND WE WILL DO THAT BECAUSE WEAS A COUNTRY WILL RISE TOGETHER.WE WILL DO IT UNITED.WE WILL DO IT BECAUSE WE IN THISCOUNTRY KNOW HOW TO OVERCOMEGREAT CHALLENGES.AND WE'RE TAKING THESE MEASURESTO QUARANTINE AND SELF-ISOLATENOT BECAUSE WE ARE FEARFUL OFTHE VIRUS, NOT BECAUSE WE'REAFRAID OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WEDON'T, BUT WE'RE DOING IT OUT OFLOVE FOR EACH OTHER.WE'RE DOING IT OUT OF LOVE FOROUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR COMMUNITYAND OUR PARENTS AND OURGRANDPARENTS AND OUR CHILDREN.WE TAKE THE GUIDANCES OF THEHEALTH EXPERTS AND THE PUBLICPOLICY EXPERTS SERIOUSLY BECAUSEWE WANT TO SHARE THAT LOVE WITHPEOPLE TO STOP THE SPREAD SOTHAT WE CAN AVOID THE SURGE THATCAN OVERWHELM OUR HEALTH CARESYSTEMS.BECAUSE WE KNOW UNDER THEBEST-CASE SCENARIOS, BEST-CASESCENARIOS, WE'RE LOOKING AT ASITUATION THAT COULD UTILIZE 95%OF EVERY HOSPITAL BED IN THISCOUNTRY.FOR THE NEXT YEAR.WE DO THIS OUT OF LOVE FOR EACHOTHER AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY ANDTO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER.IN COLORADO RIGHT NOW, WE HAVEROUGHLY A THOUSAND-PLUSCONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENTS.WE HAVE LOST 12, PERHAPS MORE BYTHE TIME I'M GIVING THIS SPEECHTODAY IN COLORADO.THESE LIVES, THOSE WHO HAVETESTED POSITIVE, THEIR LOVEDONES ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERSTODAY.THE GOVERNOR OF COLORADOOBVIOUSLY ISSUING THE EMERGENCYDECLARATIONS.I JUST SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR AFEW MINUTES AGO TO TALK ABOUTHOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDETHE RESOURCES THAT COLORADONEEDS.OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE ACROSSTHE DENVER METRO AREA ARE NOW INSOME KIND OF A SHELTER-IN-PLACEORDER, ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME.OUR NATION IS UNEASY.OUR FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN.AND THE LEVEL OF ANXIETY THATOUR COUNTRY FACES IS THE HIGHESTI HAVE EVER SEEN IT.BUT WE DON'T NEED TO HAVEUNEASINESS ABOUT OUR FUTUREBECAUSE WE WILL RISE TOGETHER.WE WILL COME TOGETHER AS ANATION TO OVERCOME THIS.WE KNOW THAT OUR FUTURE -- THEFUTURE OF THIS NATION WILL BEPROSPEROUS AGAIN, THAT OURECONOMY WILL BE THRIVING AGAIN,THAT OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BEABLE TO CELEBRATE WHAT WE HAVEOVERCOME BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WEDO IN THIS GREAT NATION.WE RISE.WE RISE TOGETHER.WE STAND TOGETHER.COLORADANS HAVE STEPPED UP INEVERY WAY POSSIBLE.IN A UNIQUELY COLORADO WAY, YOUHAVE HEMP BUSINESSES THAT ARENOW PRODUCING COTTON SWABS FORMEDICAL NEEDS.YOU HAVE WHISKEY DISTILLERIESTHAT ARE PRODUCING HANDSANITIZERS FOR HOSPITALS, FORHOME HEALTH CARE.WE HAVE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENTTHAT'S BEING DONATED BY THEDENVER BRONCOS AND BY MARIJUANAINDUSTRY AND BY SO MANY OTHERBUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE OFCOLORADO WHO ARE STEPPING UP INWAYS THAT MAKE ALL OF US PROUD.THEY'RE CHECKING ON THEIRNEIGHBORS.THEY'RE CHECKING ON THEIRFRIENDS.THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT ELDERLYPEOPLE IN THEIR CHURCH THAT THEYHAVE MET ARE OKAY, MAKING SURETHAT WE CHECK IN WITH OUR LOVEDONES AND THOSE AROUND US.WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GETSUCCESSFUL TESTS UPPED ANDRUNNING IN DIFFERENT PLACESACROSS COLORADO, HELPINGDIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS ANDDIFFERENT HEALTH CARE FACILITIESFIND NEW WAYS TO PROCESS THISOVERWHELMING BURDEN.AND AS THIS PLACE HAS PASSEDPHASE ONE THAT GAVE MILLIONS OFDOLLARS TO THE STATE OF COLORADOAND SO MANY STATES AROUND THECOUNTRY, AS WE PASSED PHASE TWOWHICH PREPARES ADDITIONALTESTING AND NUTRITION PROGRAMSAND OTHER WAYS TO MEET THISCHALLENGE, WE NOW TURN TO PHASETHREE.PHASE THREE ADDRESSES ALL THREEPRONGS OF MY APPROACH.IT ADDRESSES HEALTH EMERGENCY,ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS, ANDADDRESSES THE ABILITY FOR OURECONOMY TO SNAP BACK WHAT WEADDRESS THIS HEALTH EMERGENCY.IT SHEEDZ TO PASS NOW.IT SHOULD HAVE PASSED DAYS AGO.I DON'T THINK THE AMERICANPEOPLE GIVE A HOOT IF IT WAS AREPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT IDEA.I CAN TELL YOU WITH MY TELETOWNHALLS, NO ONE SAID, WE HOPE THEREPUBLICAN-ONLY VERSION PASSESOR THE DEMOCRAT VERSION-ONLYPASSES.THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING.THEY ARE SAYING DO YOUR JOBBECAUSE WE'RE SCARED ABOUT WHATHAPPENS NEXT.PASS THE RELIEF THAT WE NEED TOGET THEM BACK ON THEIR FEET TOMAKE SURE WE KNOW THEY'LL BEABLE TO HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLETO PAY RENT.I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT SOMEBODYWHO BUILT FOR 50 YEARS AS ASMALL BUSINESS BE GOING THROUGHEVERY HOUR WE DELAY WONDERING IFTHAT 50-YEAR DREAM IS GOING TOSTAND AND SURVIVE.SHAME ON THE PEOPLE AROUND HEREWHO SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET'SHAVE ONE MORE DAY OF DELAY, ONEMORE HOUR OF DELAY.BECAUSE A REPUBLICAN COULD GETTHEIR WAY OR A DEMOCRAT COULDGET THEIR WAY.WHEN I WAS AT HOME NOT ONCE DIDI HEAR ANYBODY SAY, COULD YOUSTALL A LITTLE BIT MORE FORPARTISAN PURPOSES?THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RISINGABOVE THE FRAY.THEY ARE MEETING THIS CHALLENGEIN THE SPIRIT THAT I HEAR INEVERY CONVERSATION I HAVE.THEY ARE DONATING BLOOD.THEY ARE SHARING THAT LOVE THATI TALKED ABOUT WITH THEIRNEIGHBORS, THEIR COMMUNITIES.THEY ARE FIGURING OUT NEW WAYSTO BE TOGETHER EVEN WHEN WE'RESUPPOSED TO STAND APART.THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLEARE DOING.AND WE'RE BICKERING ABOUT PHASETHREE AND WE'LL HAVE PHASE FOURAND PHASE FIVE.YOU KNOW WHAT WE'VE DONE INSTEADOF PATTING OURSELVES ON THEBACK, YOU KNOW WHAT WE'VE DONE?WE MANAGED TO GET BACK, I HOPE,TO THE STARTING LINE.WE DIDN'T RUN THROUGH THE TAPE.WE HAVEN'T FINISHED THE JOB.WE'VE MADE IT, I HOPE, TO APLACE WHERE WE CAN NOW KNOWWE'RE BACK AT THE LINE AND WECAN RUN TOGETHER TO FIX WHATWILL BE TREMENDOUS NEEDS AND TOADDRESS TREMENDOUS NEEDS OF THISCOUNTRY.TO ANSWER THE ANXIETY THAT EVERYSINGLE ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTSHAS.THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD DO.THAT'S WHAT THAT CONGRESS MUSTDO, AND I AM GLAD AND I'LL BEPROUD TO VOTE FOR THIS BILLTODAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GETTHIS JOB DONE AND THERE'S MOREWORK TO DO.WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLEUNDERSTAND THE RECOVERY BENEFITSTHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BERECEIVING WILL HELP ANSWER THATANXIETY TO HOPEFULLY GIVE THEMHOPE THAT THE NEW CATEGORIES OFUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT HAVEBEEN CEDE UNDER THIS WILL ALSOGIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO KNOW ITIS GOING TO BE OKAY, TO KNOWTHAT THE SMALL BUSINESS LOANSTHAT ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLEWILL HELP THAT RESTAURANT STAYIN BUSINESS.I TALKED TO EVE IN AURORA, ANDSHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW SHE WASGOING TO SURVIVE.SHE CONVERTED HER WHOLE BUSINESSTO TAKEOUT, BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOWHOW SUCCESSFUL THAT WOULD BE.TO ROBERTA IN PLEBO WHO HAD THESAME QUESTIONS.THIS WILL HELP PEOPLE TO BRINGPEOPLE BACK ON PAYROLL THAT THEYLET GO BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOWHOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET.TO PAY THEIR UTILITIES, TO PAYTHEIR RENT, TO HAVE THEIRMORTGAGES AND HAVE THAT LOANGIVEN AND MAKE THE ECONOMYVIBRANT AGAIN.BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE DO INTHIS COUNTRY.WE DON'T LOOK BACK, WE LOOKFORWARD.AND IN COLORADO WE LOOK UP TOTHE GREAT MOUNTAIN HORIZON.WE DON'T LOOK DOWN, WE LOOK UPTO SEE THE NEXT HORIZON AND WESTRIVE FOR THE OPTIMISTIC NEXTDAY.THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN COLORADO.AND I KNOW THIS COUNTRY DOES THESAME.YOU KNOW, I TALKED TO A70-YEAR-OLD COLORADAN IN WELDCOUNTY, COLORADO WHO ON ATELETOWN HALL.YOU COULD HEAR IT IN HER VOICE,SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DOBECAUSE SHE WAS OLD -- OLDERTHAN THE EXPERTS SAY SHOULD BEOUT AND NOT FOLLOWING GUIDANCES.BUT SHE SAID, I CAN'T FINDTHE -- THE DISINFECTANTS ANDCLEANERS THAT I NEED.HOW DO I FIND THAT?SO WE WERE ABLE TO FIND HERLEAF.AND THE GROCERY STORES STEPPEDUP AND PROVIDED SPECIAL HOURSFOR PEOPLE.AND THEY ARE DELIVERING TOPEOPLE LIKE THE WOMAN I SPOKETO.THEY ARE PROVIDING INFORMATIONTO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEY'VEGOT CLERKS, THEY'VE GOTCASHIERS, THEY'VE GOT PEOPLESTOCKING THE SHELVES ON THEFRONT LINE XEEPG OUR COMMUNITIESSAFE.TO ALL OF THEM -- KEEPING OURCOMMUNITIES SAFE.TO ALL OF THEM, THANK YOU FORTHE WORK THEY'VE BEEN DOING EACHAND EVERY DAY.IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE INTHIS COUNTRY THAT WE'VE SEENGREAT CHALLENGES.I REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER WHOPASSED AWAY THIS YEAR TALKINGABOUT HER EXPERIENCES IN THEGREAT DEPRESSION.THIS COUNTRY'S BEEN THROUGH THEGREAT DEPRESSION.WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THE GREATRECESSION.WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THEGREAT INFECTION.THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS A COUNTRY.THAT'S WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.THE SENATE WILL APPROVE THISBILL TODAY AND THE HOUSE MUSTAPPROVE IT WITHOUT DELAY, NOEXCUSES, NO DELAY, PASS THEDOGGONE BILL NOW.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVEEXPECTED THIS FOR A LONG TIME.IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN THISLONG.DO YOUR JOB.DO OUR JOB.GET THIS DONE.WE WILL ACT OUT OF LOVE FOR OURCOMMUNITIES.WE WILL ACT OUT OF COMPASSION,AND WE WILL RISE TO THE SPIRITTHAT HAS MADE THIS COUNTRYGREAT.I'VE HEARD SO MANY OF MYCOLLEAGUES COME TOGETHER ANDTALK ABOUT WARTIME FOOTING ORTHEY TALKED ABOUT HOW WEMOBILIZED IN A WAY THAT MAYBETHE PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN INTHEIR LIFETIMES.IT'S REMINDED ME, THOUGH, WHATTHOMAS PAYNE WROTE IN THE CRISISDURING OUR REVOLUTION, WHICHACTUALLY GEORGE WASHINGTON READTO HIS TROOPS.AND HERE IS WHAT THOMAS PAYNESAID.I CALL NOT UPON A FEW BUT UPONALL NOT ON THIS STATE OR THATSTATE BUT ON EVERY STATE UP ANDHELP US.LAY YOUR SHOULDERS TO THE WHEELBETTER HERE TO -- TO HAVE TOOMUCH FORCE THAN TOO LITTLE WHENSO GREAT AN OBJECT IS AT STAKE.LET IT BE TOLD TO THE FUTUREWORLD THAT IN THE DEPTH OFWINTER WHEN NOTHING BUT HOPE ANDVIRTUE COULD SURVIVE THAT THECITY AND COUNTRY ALARMED AT ONECOMMON DANGER CAN FORTH TO MEETAND REPULSE IT.WE WERE TAUGHT IN SUNDAY SCHOOLTHAT OUR STRUGGLES LEAD TOPERSEVERANCE.THAT PERSEVERANCE LEADS TOCHARACTER, AND THAT CHARACTERGIVES US HOPE.WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS,AMERICA.WE WILL START WITH THIS BILL.WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE WORK TO DO,BUT TO MY COLLEAGUES, DO OURJOBS.GET IT DONE.NO EXCUSES.I YIELD THE FLOOR,MR. PRESIDENT, AND NOTE THEABSENCE OF A QUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE CLERKWILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM MARYLAND ISRECOGNIZED.A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK CONSENTTHE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSEDWITH.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. CARDIN: MADAM PRESIDENT, THEPEOPLE IN THIS NATION AREHURTING.WE KNOW THAT.THEY ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUTTHEIR OWN HEALTH.THEY'RE WORRIED THAT THEY MAY BECARRYING THE VIRUS AND THEY TAKEIT HOME TO THEIR ELDERLY PARENTWHO COULD BE -- COME DOWN WITHTHE VIRUS.THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW LONGTHIS SOCIAL DISTANCING ANDCOMMUNICATING FROM HOME ANDSTAYING AT HOME IS GOING TO BEREQUIRED IN ORDER TO CONTROL THESPREAD OF THE VIRUS.THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIRECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES, WHETHERTHEY'RE GOING TO GET A PAYCHECK.AND I AM PLEASED THAT TODAY WEHAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH OURLEADERS TO MOVE FORWARD ON THETHIRD STIMULUS PACKAGE TO DEALWITH THIS CRISIS OF COVID-19.I FIRST WANT TO EXPRESS MYAPPRECIATION TO OUR LEADERSHIP.I HAVE BEEN IN DAILY, ALMOSTHOURLY COMMUNICATION WITHSENATOR SCHUMER, AND I KNOW HOWHARD HE'S WORKED TO MAKE SURETHAT PACKAGE REALLY REACHES THEMEDICAL EMERGENCY THAT WE HAVE,THAT DEALS WITH THE WORKERS TOMAKE SURE THAT THEY AREPROTECTED AND THEY ARE PROTECTEDAND WHATEVER WE DO THAT PROVIDESTHE HELP FOR STATE AND LOCALGOVERNMENTS, THAT PROVIDES THEMUCH NEEDED ATTENTION TO THESEPARTICULAR ISSUES AND THAT WEHAVE ACCOUNTABILITY ON ANY OFTHE MONEYS THAT ARE GOINGPARTICULARLY TO OUR LARGESTCOMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY.SO I WANT TO EXPRESS MYAPPRECIATION.AND I AM VERY PLEASED THAT OURFIRST PRIORITY, OUR VERY FIRSTPRIORITY IS TO DEAL WITH THEPUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE.THIS IS INCLUDED IN WHAT'SHAPPENING IN MY STATE OFMARYLAND AND WHAT'S HAPPENING INEVERY STATE IN OUR NATION.SO I AM PLEASED THAT IN OURSTATE IT'S TEAM MARYLAND.OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ISWORKING VERY CLOSELY WITHGOVERNOR HOGAN AND HIS CABINET,AND WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELYWITH OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVES ANDOUR MAYORS AND OUR PRIVATESECTOR TO DO EVERYTHING WE CANTO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH OFTHE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE.WE'VE DONE WHAT WE CAN LOCALLYTO MAKE SURE TESTING ISAVAILABLE SO WE UNDERSTAND THEDIMENSIONS OF THIS PROBLEM.AND THE GOVERNOR HAS TAKENEXTRAORDINARY STEPS IN ORDER TOINCREASE OUR MEDICAL CAPACITY INTHE LIKELIHOOD THAT WE'RE GOINGTO SEE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASENUMBER OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVETHE CORONAVIRUS.YES, WE NEED TO STAY AT HOMEUNLESS IT IS AN URGENT REASONFOR US TO BE OUTSIDE OF HOME.AND I'M FREQUENTLY ASKED BY MYFRIENDS WHY DON'T WE DO AS MUCHAS WE CAN IN THE UNITED STATESSENATE REMOTELY?I THINK WE SHOULD, INCLUDINGVOTING.SO WE NEED TO DISTANCE OURSELVESAND MINIMIZE SOCIAL CONTACT INORDER TO PREVENT THE SPIKE OFTHIS DISEASE WHICH WOULD TESTOUR MEDICAL CAPACITY TO HANDLEIT.SO I WAS PLEASED THAT THE THIRDSUPPLEMENTAL, THE AGREEMENTTHAT'S BEEN REACHED THAT WE WILLVOTE ON HOPEFULLY TODAY, THAT ITDOES HAVE A SURGE IN OUR MEDICALCAPACITY, A MARSHALL PLAN TODEAL WITH OUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS.I COULD GO THROUGH A LOT OF THESPECIFICS.I THINK SOME HAVE ALREADY GONETHROUGH BUT I PARTICULARLYAPPRECIATE THE FACT WE HAVE AHUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS FOR OURHOSPITALS AND HEALTH CAREFACILITIES, INCLUDING CLINICS INTHIS BILL.I AM PLEASED THAT THERE IS A 20%INCREASE IN HOSPITALREIMBURSEMENT RATES, AND I WANTTO THANK SENATOR GRASSLEY ANDSENATOR WYDEN FOR INCLUDING INTHAT PROVISION A UNIQUE CLAUSEFOR THE MARYLAND HOSPITALS SOTHAT THEY CAN BE QUALIFIED FORTHIS.MARYLAND HAS, AS I THINK SOME OFYOU KNOW, AN ALL-PAYER RATESTRUCTURE AND WE HAD TO MAKESURE THESE PROVISIONS WOULDAPPLY IN MARYLAND, AND I THANKTHEM FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THATDETAIL.THERE'S ALSO MONEY IN HERE FOROUR HOSPITALS TO BE READY FORPREPAREDNESS WHICH I THINK ISEXTREMELY IMPORTANT.AND THERE IS A SEPARATE LINEAPPROPRIATION FOR OUR COMMUNITYHEALTH CENTERS AND OURFEDERALLY-QUALIFIED HEALTHCLINICS.THAT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.THEY ARE BEING STRESSED AS THENEEDS ARE INCREASING AND AS THECOST OF TREATMENT IS INCREASING.WE NEED TO REPLENISH THENATIONAL STOCKPILE.WE KNOW THAT CONCERNS ONPROTECTIVE GEAR, WE KNOW THAT.WE KNOW THAT VENTILATORS ANDRESPIRATORS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVEADEQUATE REPLACEMENT OF WHAT'SBEEN TAKEN OUT OF OUR NATIONALSTOCKPILE AND AVAILABLE NOW TODEAL WITH THE SURGE THAT ISCOMING UNDER ANY SCENARIO SOTHAT OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERSHAVE THE PROTECTIVE GEAR THATTHEY NEED AND OUR PATIENTS HAVETHE MEDICAL FACILITIES AND THERESPIRATORS THAT THEY NEED.WE ALSO HAVE PLUSSED UP THE WORKBEING DONE TO DEAL WITH THEDEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE.I'M PLEASED THAT N.I.H. ISGETTING THE MONEYS THAT THEYNEED IN ORDER TO DO THE WORK.WE KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TOHAVE A VACCINE IN TIME THISYEAR, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SUREWE GET IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLEAND IT'S ON A FAST TRACK ANDTHESE FUNDS WILL HELP US DEVELOPTHAT VACCINE FOR THE FUTURENEEDS OF CONTROLLING THIS TYPEOF A VIRUS.BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE'RE ALSOPUTTING RESOURCES INTOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS, DRUGS THATCAN HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE SICKTODAY.THOSE DRUGS ARE NOT YETAVAILABLE, BUT WE WANT TO MAKESURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TOMAKE THEM AVAILABLE AS SOON ASPOSSIBLE.FEMA HAS BEEN BUMPED UPSUBSTANTIALLY IN THIS BILL FORGOOD REASON.THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTAGENCY.AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THE POINTTHAT IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENTTHAT'S BEEN BROUGHT IN THISLEGISLATION TO HELP OUR STATEAND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.THEY'RE THE FRONT LINES OFPROVIDING THESE PUBLIC HEALTHNEEDS AND WE NEED TO PROVIDETHEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED.SO FEMA NEEDS TO BE PROPERLYAPPROPRIATED AND WE HAD THEMONEY IN HERE TO HELP FEMA, BUTWE ALSO NEED DIRECT HELP TO OURLOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DEAL WITHTHIS PROBLEM AND WE SEE THAT OURSTATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTHOFFICERS ARE GETTING EXTRAMONEY, FEDERAL REPORTING SO WEKNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE STATUS ISIN EACH OF OUR COMMUNITIES.ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OURMARSHALL PLAN TO CONTROL THISDISEASE AND GET IT UNDERCONTROL.BUT I WANTED TO TAKE THIS TIMETO TALK ABOUT A MATTER THAT IWAS WORKING ON ON SMALLBUSINESS.AND I MENTION THAT RECOGNIZINGWE'VE GOT TO GET OUR ECONOMYBACK ON TRACK.THE BEST WAY TO GET OUR ECONOMYBACK ON TRACK?GET THIS VIRUS CONTROLLED.GET PEOPLE ABLE TO GET OUT, TOWORK, AND TO BUY AND PARTICIPATEIN OUR ECONOMY.THAT'S THE BEST THING WE CAN DO.BUT THIS PACKAGE ALSO RECOGNIZESTHAT UNLESS WE HELP BUSINESSESAND WORKERS TODAY, WE'RE NOTGOING TO BE PREPARED FOR OURECONOMY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TOREBOUND.MY ROLE AS THE SENIOR DEMOCRATON THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEEWORKING WITH SENATOR RUBIO, THECHAIRMAN OF THAT COMMITTEE WASTO MAKE SURE WE HAD A ROBUSTPROVISION TO PRESERVE THE GROWTHENGINE AND INNOVATION ENGINE OFOUR ECONOMY, AND THAT IS SMALLBUSINESSES.THERE'S MORE JOB GROWTH FORSMALL COMPANIES.THERE'S MORE INNOVATION IN SMALLCOMPANIES.WE NEED TO PRESERVE THE ABILITYOF SMALL COMPANIES TO GETTHROUGH THIS TIME.AND QUITE FRANKLY, THEY DON'THAVE THE SAME DEEP POCKETS THATLARGE COMPANIES HAVE.THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAMEAVAILABILITY OF CREDIT THATLARGE COMPANIES HAVE.THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME BANKINGARRANGEMENTS THAT LARGECOMPANIES HAVE.THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAMEFLEXIBILITY THAT LARGE COMPANIESHAVE.SO WE HAVE TO PROVIDE SPECIALATTENTION TO SMALL BUSINESSESAND THIS PACKAGE DOES THAT IN AVERY, VERY ROBUST WAY.SO FIRST, I ALREADY MENTIONEDSENATOR RUBIO.I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.THE TWO OF US WERE WORKINGTOGETHER WELL BEFORE THIS WEEK.AND THAT'S WHY WE WERE PROBABLYFURTHER ALONG ON HELPING SMALLBUSINESSES THAN THE OTHER PARTSOF THIS PACKAGE DEALING WITH THEVARIOUS ECONOMIC AREAS.SENATOR SHAHEEN WAS A VALUABLEMEMBER OF OUR TEAM.I'VE WORKED WITH SENATOR SHAHEENON SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES FOR ALONG TIME.SHE WAS A KEY PLAYER IN PUTTINGTOGETHER THE PACKAGE THAT WEHAVE TO PRESENT TO OURCOLLEAGUES HERE IN THE UNITEDSTATES SENATE.I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGESENATOR COLLINS.IT WAS THE FOUR OF US THAT WEREMEETING REGULARLY, COMMUNICATINGREGULARLY THAT RECOMMEND THISPACKAGE THAT YOU WILL SHORTLY BEVOTING ON AS IT RELATES TO SMALLBUSINESS.SO I ALSO IF I COULD I'D LIKE TOACKNOWLEDGE MEMBERS OF MY OWNSTAFF THAT HAVE WORKED LITERALLY24/7.I'VE TALKED TO THEM AT VARIOUSTIMES DURING THE NIGHT AND DAYAND IT'S BEEN VERY STRESSFUL FORALL OF US, BUT OUR STAFFS GET NOREST WHATSOEVER.SO TO SEAN MOORE AND THE ENTIRESTAFF ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OFSMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THANKYOU ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S SMALLBUSINESSES AND WORKERS AND ONBEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY.AND TO RON STORHOFF WHO HAS BEENDOING A LOT OF THESE PROVISIONSON MY STAFF IN REGARDS TO THETAX ISSUES, IN REGARDS TO A LOTOF THESE OTHER ISSUES, THANK HIMFOR ALL OF HIS WORK AND TOLAUREN JEA WHO HAS NOT ONLYHELPED US PUT TOGETHER THE SMALLBUSINESS PACKAGE BUT SHE'S BEENAVAILABLE TO HELP MARYLANDHEALTH PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS TOTRY TO GET THROUGH WHERE WE ARETODAY.ALL THAT'S REFLECTED IN THE BILLTHAT WE WILL BE VOTING ON LATER.AND I KNOW ON THE REPUBLICANSIDE THERE'S BEEN DEDICATEDSTAFF WHO HAVE DONE EQUAL WORKTO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BILLTHAT WE CAN PRESENT TODAY.SO LET ME GO OVER, IF I MIGHT,SOME OF THE PROVISIONS THAT WEHAVE IN HERE FOR SMALLBUSINESSES.WE HAVE THREE NEW PROGRAMS,THREE NEW PROGRAMS TO HELP SMALLBUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITY.THEY'LL HAVE DIFFERENT TITLES,BUT EVERY ONE OF THEM PROVIDEGRANT HELP TO SMALL BUSINESSES.I'M GOING TO REPEAT THAT.YOU MIGHT HEAR THIS IS A LOAN.NO, THESE ARE GOING TO BE FUNDSTHAT GO TO SMALL BUSINESSES THATDO NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID.THESE ARE GRANT MONEY.WHY?BECAUSE A SMALL BUSINESS OWNERCAN'T INCUR MORE DEBT TODAY WHENTHEY HAD NO IDEA HOW THEY AREGOING TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE INTHE FUTURE.WE'VE GOT TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATEHELP, IMMEDIATE HELP.IT'S GOT TO BE SUBSTANTIAL.AND IT'S GOT TO BE IN A WAY THATTHEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT INCUPBETTERING THEIR FUTURE --INCUMBERING THEIR FUTURE.WE'VE GOT TO GET THAT MESSAGEOUT.THIS IS GOING TO BE IMMEDIATEHELP TO HELP AMERICA'S SMALLBUSINESS.ONE PROGRAM PROVIDES $350BILLION OF RELIEF TO SMALLCOMPANIES UNDER 500 EMPLOYEES.$350 BILLION.IT IS TRIGGERED BY GOING TO YOURFINANCIAL INSTITUTION ANDGETTING WHAT'S KNOWN AS A 7-ALOAN.LET ME CAUTION YOU.IT'S GOING TO BE FORGIVEN IF YOUFOLLOW THE RULES HERE.BUT YOU GO TO A BANK, AFINANCIAL INSTITUTION.YOU DO A 7-A LOAN, A HUNDREDPERCENT GUARANTEED BY THEGOVERNMENT SO THE BANK HAS NORISK FACTOR.THERE ARE NO PAYMENTS DUE FOR AYEAR.EVEN GETTING INTO THIS LOAN,THERE ARE NO OBLIGATIONS FORCASH OUTLAYS ON BEHALF OF THEBORROWER.THE FEES HAVEBEEN WAIVED.SO THIS IS A COST-FREEOPPORTUNITY TO GET THE CASH YOUNEED TO KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESSOPEN.THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS NEWPROGRAM UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESSADMINISTRATION.THE AMOUNT OF THE LOAN.YOU TAKE YOUR AVERAGE PAYROLLBEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS WAS HERE,AND YOU TAKE YOUR MONTHLYAVERAGE PAYROLL AND MULTIPLY ITBY 2.5.BASICALLY, WHAT YOU'RE GETTINGIS TWO MONTHS OF PAYROLL FORYOUR WORKERS, PLUS AN EXTRA --IT COMES OUT TO AN EXTRA 25% OFYOUR PAYROLL BECAUSE IT'S TWOMONTHS OF THAT.NOW, WHAT ELIGIBLE EXPENSES --WHAT CAN YOU USE THIS FOR?WELL, YOU CAN USE THE TWO MONTHSFOR PAYROLL.PAY YOUR WORKERS.KEEP THEM EMPLOYED.IT SAVES YOU THE COST OFREHIRING IF YOU HAD TO FURLOUGHOR LAY OFF WORKERS.YOU CAN KEEP THEM EMPLOYED.YOU CAN USE THE EXTRA FUNDS TOCOVER THEIR EXPENSES THAT YOUHAVE ON THEIR HEALTH CARE ORHELD EXPENSES.YOU CAN USE THE EXTRA 25% FORRENTS OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ORUTILITY BILLS.SO IT GIVES YOU A CASH TOCONDUCT YOUR BUSINESS FOR THENEXT TWO MONTHS.IT GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO KEEPAFLOAT SO THAT YOU'RE READY TOREBOUND WHEN THE ECONOMYREBOUNDS.WHO IS ELIGIBLE?COMPANIES UNDER 500, BUT WE WENTBEYOND THE TRADITIONAL 7-A'SELIGIBILITY.WE ARE ALSO ALLOWING NONPROFITSTO BE ABLE TO GET INTO THISPROGRAM SO THAT THEY WILL ALSOBE ABLE TO STAY AFLOAT, BECAUSEWE KNOW THE IMPORTANT WORK THATNONPROFITS DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY.THEY ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE.WE GAVE SOME RELAXATION TO THE500 RULE FOR LOCATIONS THAT WEREFOR RESTAURANTS OR HOTELS THATHAVE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT'S AIMEDAT KEEPING BUSINESSES OPEN ANDREADY, SMALL BUSINESSES FOR WHENWE GET THROUGH THIS CORONAVIRUS.AND THEN THIS AMOUNT OF MONEYTHAT YOU BORROWED IS TOTALLYFORGIVEN.TOTALLY FORGIVEN IF YOU MAINTAINYOUR WORKFORCE TO THEPRE-CORONAVIRUS LEVEL OR BRINGBACK YOUR WORKFORCE TO THEPRE-CORONAVIRUS LEVEL DURING THESTATED PERIOD OF TIME OF THISBILL.SO IF YOU KEEP YOUR WORK FORCE,BRING BACK YOUR WORK FORCE, THEGOVERNMENT'S GOING TO HELP YOUMAINTAIN YOUR ABILITY AND MAKESURE YOUR WORKERS GET PAID ANDTHEIR BENEFITS ARE MAINTAINED.IT WORKS VERY WELL WITH THEOTHER PROVISIONS THAT ARE INOTHER PARTS OF THIS BILL SUCH ASTHE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCEBENEFITS.YES, IF YOU FURLOUGH WORKERS,CAN YOU COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS AT BASICALLY FULLSALARY FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS,SO THAT'S ALSO AVAILABLE TOSMALL BUSINESSES.BUT WE WANT YOU TO ALSO KNOWTHAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEESEMPLOYED, THERE, READY FOR THEBUSINESS TO REBOUND, AS WE HOPEIT WILL SHORTLY.THAT'S JUST ONE PROGRAM.WE HAVE OTHER PROGRAMSAVAILABLE.WE HAVE A NEW PROGRAM WHICH ISLABELED AS A GRANT, A$10 BILLION GRANT PROGRAM FOREMERGENCY CASH AVAILABILITY FORSMALL BUSINESSES.THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE AHARD TIME GOING TO A BANK ANDGETTING A COMMERCIAL LOAN.THERE ARE MANY SMALL BUSINESSESTHAT NEED CASH TODAY.THEY CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT PROCESSTO WORK ITS WAY THROUGH TO GETTHAT CHECK FROM THE SMALLBUSINESS ADMINISTRATION THROUGHONE OF THEIR FINANCIALINSTITUTIONS.IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BITLONGER FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TOGET THAT DONE.SO WE HAVE EMERGENCY DISASTERRELIEF LOANS IN THE FIRSTSUPPLEMENTAL.WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT SMALLBUSINESSES QUALIFY FOR EMERGENCYDISASTER RELIEF LOANS IF THEYHAVE BEEN ADVERSELY IMPACTED BYTHE CORONAVIRUS.THESE ARE DIRECT LOANS COMINGOUT OF THE SMALL BUSINESSADMINISTRATION.THESE ARE NOT LOANS THAT AREFROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.WE HAVE INCLUDED THAT IN THEFIRST SUPPLEMENTAL.WE HAVE NOW -- WE NOW ALLOW YOUTO MAKE THAT APPLICATION ANDWITH THAT APPLICATION IF YOUNEED TO GET CASH IMMEDIATELY,THE S.B.A. CAN WRITE YOU A CHECKFOR UP TO $10,000.AND WE WANT THAT DONE WITHINTHREE DAYS.WE WANT THAT MONEY OUT IN DAYS,NOT WEEKS.WE HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME FROMSMALL BUSINESSES.WE NEED HELP NOW.WELL, THIS PROGRAM -- AND I WASPLEASED TO WORK ON THIS PROGRAM.I FILED LEGISLATION ON IT.THIS IS A NEED THAT'S OUT THERETODAY AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TOSMALL BUSINESS OWNERS.NOW, WE HAVE A THIRD PROGRAM.THAT'S TWO PROGRAMS.YOU CAN GET THIS BASICALLYTWO-MONTH HELP FROM THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT TO PAY YOUR PAYROLLAND RELATED EXPENSES.YOU CAN GET A $10,000 IMMEDIATECASH ADVANCEMENT ON THAT THROUGHAPPLYING FOR DISASTER RELIEFLOAN AND SHOWING A NEED AT THISSTAGE, AND THEN THERE IS A THIRDPROGRAM.THERE ARE MANY SMALL BUSINESSESTODAY THAT HAVE EXISTING LOANSUNDER THE SMALL BUSINESSADMINISTRATION.THESE ARE 7-A LOANS OR 504LOANS.7-A IS THE TRADITIONAL LOPE.504 ARE THE LARGER LOANS.WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS PROVIDE$17 BILLION OF RELIEF SO THOSEWHO HAD THESE EXISTING LOANS DONOT NEED TO MAKE ANY PAYMENTS ONTHOSE LOANS, THEY'RE FORGIVENFOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.I PARTICULARLY WANT TOACKNOWLEDGE SENATOR COONS' WORKON THIS.THIS IS A BILL THAT WE HAVE BEENWORKING ON AND IS ONLYREASONABLE TO RELIEF.WE ARE ASKING OTHERS TO RELIEFDEBT.LET US DO IT FOR OUR SMALLBUSINESSES UNDER THE 7-A AND 504PROGRAMS.SO YOU SEE, MR. PRESIDENT, THEREARE A LOT OF PROVISIONS HERETHAT HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES.I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THEREARE OTHERS IN ADDITION TO THOSETHREE I JUST MENTIONED, I'MPLEASED THAT WE DO HAVE CONTRACTPROTECTION IN THIS BILL.LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS.THIS APPLIES TO ALL BUSINESSES,NOT JUST SMALL BUSINESSES.BUT SMALL BUSINESSES THAT AREPARTICULARLY IMPACTED BY IT.BUT YOU CAN'T PERFORM THATGOVERNMENT CONTRACT BECAUSE YOUCAN'T GET ACCESS TO THE FACILITYBECAUSE IT'S SHUTTERED AS ARESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.THIS BILL ALLOWS YOU, THEFEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO MAKE SUREYOU HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDSAVAILABLE TO PAY YOUR WORKERS SOTHAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHOSHOULD HAVE BEEN WORKING AT THEFEDERAL FACILITY WILL GET PAIDDURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME.WE ALSO PROVIDE MONEY IN THEMINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTCENTERS.THEY ARE THERE IN OUR COMMUNITY.WHY?BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET THEMESSAGE OUT TO SMALL BUSINESSESABOUT THESE NEW TOOLS, HOW WECAN ACCESS BANKS TO GET THE 7-ALOANS THAT ARE FORGIVEN THAT AREACTUALLY GRANTS.HOW THEY CAN APPLY TO THE SMALLBUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FORDISASTER RELIEF LOANS AND GET ACASH ADVANCEMENT.HOW THEY CAN GET RELIEF FROM THECURRENT 7-A AND 504 LOANS.SO WE GIVE MONEY TO THESEINSTITUTIONS SO THAT THESEENTREPRENEUR SERVICE GROUPS SOTHEY CAN HELP WOMEN BUSINESSESAND MINORITY BUSINESSES GETACCESS.I MUST TELL YOU,MADAM PRESIDENT, WE HAVE ALSOPUT A CLEAR INTENT THAT WEEXPECT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TOMAKE LOANS TO ALL SIZED SMALLBUSINESSES IN ALL COMMUNITIES SOTHAT ALL COMMUNITIES CAN BENEFITFROM THIS LEGISLATION.WE HAVE INCREASED THE SIZE OFEXPRESS LOANS UNDER THIS.AND I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENTTHE WORK OF OTHER WORKINGGROUPS, PARTICULARLY ON THE TAXPROVISIONS.I WAS VERY PLEASED TO WORK WITHSENATOR WYDEN.THE TWO OF US WORKED ON WHAT'SKNOWN AS A RETENTION CREDITWHICH ALLOWS COMPANIES TO BRINGTHE FURLOUGHED WORKERS BACK ANDGET GET A CREDIT UP TO 50% OFTHAT WAGE UP TO $10,000 AS A TAXCREDIT IN ORDER TO BRING BACKTHOSE WORKERS.WELL, FOR SOME SMALL BUSINESSES,THAT MAY BE A BETTER OPTION THANWHAT I HAVE OUTLINED BEFORE INREGARDS TO THE TWO AND A HALFMONTHS OF AID BASED ON PAYROLL.YOU HAVE A CHOICE.YOU CAN DO BETTER UNDERRETENTION CREDIT.IT'S A NEW CREDIT.IF NOT, USE THE OTHER.SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GIVEN MOREFLEXIBILITY.THANK YOU, SENATOR WYDEN, FORHELPING US.I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGESENATOR WARNER WHO WAS VERYINSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THATPROVISION ADOPTED.SO, MADAM PRESIDENT, YOU SEETHERE IS A WHOLE RANGE OF TOOLSIN HERE TO KEEP SMALL BUSINESSESOPERATING, PAYING THEIR WORKERSSO THEY DON'T HAVE TO REINVENTTHEIR EMPLOYERS AFTER THISCRISIS IS OVER.THEY CAN KEEP QUALIFIED PEOPLE.MR. REID, THEY GET THEPAYCHECKS, AND OUR ECONOMY ISREADY TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE.THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROVISIONSIN THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE CASHPAYMENTS UNDER THE I.R.S.,$1,200 PER TAXPAYER THAT WILLHELP IN THIS REGARD.WHEN YOU PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER,THIS IS A ROBUST PACKAGE TOBRING OUR ECONOMY, TO HOLD OURECONOMY SO THAT IT CAN PERFORMAT A LEVEL THAT IT'S READY TOTAKE OFF AGAIN WITHOUT THE DIRECONSEQUENCES OF PEOPLE NOTHAVING INCOME IN ORDER TO PAYTHEIR BILLS.THROUGH THESE SMALL BUSINESSPROVISIONS, SMALL BUSINESSOWNERS CAN KEEP THEIR BUSINESSESINTACT.THROUGH UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE,THOSE THAT ARE LAID OFF ORFURLOUGHED COULD GET THEIRSALARIES.THROUGH THE I.R.S. CHECKS,PEOPLE WILL HAVE SOME CASH.THROUGH SOME OF THESE OTHERPROGRAMS, WE ARE PROVIDINGRELIEF LIKE DELAYING THE TIMEAND PAYING THE EMPLOYER'S SHAREOF THE FICA TAXES.YOU PUT THAT ALL TOGETHER, THEREIS A LOT OF HELP OUT HERE TOKEEP OUR ECONOMY GOING DURINGTHIS CRISIS, WITH PARTICULARFOCUS ON THE WORKERS AND ONSMALL BUSINESS.THE LAST POINT I SHOULD POINTOUT, THE SELF-EMPLOYED, THE GIGECONOMY ARE FULLY COVERED UNDERTHE SMALL BUSINESS PROVISIONS.THEY ARE FULLY COVERED UNDER THEU.I. PROVISIONS.WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THATWE PRESERVE OUR ECONOMY, THAT WEPRESERVE WORKERS AND THEIRFAMILIES AND THEIR ABILITIES TOPAY THEIR BILLS.I THINK WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK ATTHIS WHOLE PACKAGE, THECHALLENGE WILL BE TO GET THEINFORMATION OUT TO OUR COMMITS,TO THESE BUSINESSES, TO THESEWORKERS SO THEY KNOW WHAT'S INTHIS PACKAGE SO THAT THEY CANACT NOW, BECAUSE, QUITE FRANKLY,PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE, COMPANIESARE DESPERATE.WHEN MALLS ARE CLOSED AS THEYARE IN MARYLAND AND YOU AREOPERATING A SMALL BUSINESS INTHAT MALL, HAVE NO BUSINESS ATALL, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW YOU AREGOING TO MAKE YOUR NEXT PAYROLL.YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONSTODAY.THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT WEVOTE ON THIS BILL TODAY, GET ITTO THE PRESIDENT AS SOON ASPOSSIBLE, GET THE INFORMATIONOUT TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES ANDTO THE WORKERS AND TO ALLBUSINESSES THAT WE ARE HERE TOHELP KEEP THEM OPEN, TO KEEP THEPAYCHECKS FLOWING, TO KEEP OURECONOMY MOVING, THAT WE'RE INTHIS TOGETHER, WE'RE GOING TOGET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF TIME,OUR ECONOMY IS GOING TO COMEBACK, BUT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW TOTAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE TOOLS SOTHAT WE CAN MINIMIZE THE ADVERSEIMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.AND WITH THAT, MADAM PRESIDENT,I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. LANKFORD: MADAM PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA ISRECOGNIZED.MR. LANKFORD: THIS MORNING,TECHNICAL SERGEANT MARSHALLROBERTS OF OKLAHOMA CAME HOME.IT WAS A DIGNIFIED TRANSFER INTULSA, OKLAHOMA, EARLIER THISMORNING.THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THATWANTED TO BE THERE, BUT BECAUSEOF COVID-19 COULD NOT.BUT A LOT OF OTHER FOLKS WERE.TECH SERGEANT MARSHALL ROBERTSWAS KILLED IN IRAQ WEDNESDAY,MARCH 11, WHEN HIS UNIT WASENGAGED BY INDIRECT ENEMY FIREWHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING.HE WAS 17 MILES NORTH OFBAGHDAD.HE WAS DEPLOYED WITH THE 219thENGINEERING INSTALLATIONSQUADRON, A SUBORDINATE UNIT OFTHE 138th OUT OF TULSA,OKLAHOMA.HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OFBUILDING COMMUNICATIONSINFRASTRUCTURE AS PART OF THEFIGHT AGAINST ISIS.THE OPERATION THAT ROBERT SERVE,OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, HASBEEN A VITAL PART OF PROTECTINGOUR NATION AND BRINGINGSTABILITY TO THE REGION.ROBERTS ENLISTED IN THE OKLAHOMAAIR NATIONAL GUARD IN MAY OF2014.HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AS THEFIRST OKLAHOMA INTERNATIONALGUARDSMAN WHO HAS DIED, BUT THE20th OKLAHOMA NATIONALGUARDSMAN WHO HAS DIED SINCESEPTEMBER 11, 2001.THE PERPETUAL COMMENT THAT IHEARD FROM THE FOLKS THAT ITALKED TO ABOUT TECH SERGEANTROBERTS WAS HE WAS ONE OF THEGOOD GUYS.HE WAS ALWAYS KNOWN FOR HAVING ASMILE ON HIS FACE, WAS SELFLESS.HE SERVED OTHERS ALL THE WAY TOTHE END.THE NIGHT OF THE ATTACK, THEREWAS A TRUCK LAUNCHER THAT FIREDOFF 30 KARTUCHA ROCKETS AT THEIRCAMP AS THEY WERE SLEEPING.18 OF THOSE ROCKETS LANDEDINSIDE THE CAMP FACILITY.AS THE NOISE HAPPENED AROUNDHIM, SERGEANT ROBERTS TOLD HISFELLOW AIRMEN TO GET UP, GETGOING, GET THEIR BODY ARMOR ON,AND AS HE STEPPED AWAY TO GOWARN OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THESAME, A ROCKET CAME.BUT SOME OF THE PEOPLE STANDINGRIGHT THERE THAT HE HAD TOLDTHEM TO GET THEIR BODY ARMOR ON,HE SAVED THEIR LIFE.HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED --HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED TOTECHNICAL SERGEANT.HE WAS BORN JANUARY 29, 1992, INTULSA, OKLAHOMA.MARSHALL'S PARENTS, SALARY ANDRAND -- SALLY AND RANDY, RAISEDHIM IN OWOSSO, OKLAHOMA, WHEREHE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL.HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERPEYTON WHO HAS BEEN THE LOVE OFHIS LIFE.NOVEMBER 15, 2018, MARSHALL WASMARRIED TO CHRISSY AND THEY WEREBOTH IN THE 138th.THEIR DEEP LOVE FOR GOD, THEIRDEEP LOVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY ANDTHEIR OBVIOUS LOVE FOR EACHOTHER WAS A SIGNIFICANT PART OFTHE 138th.EVERYONE KNEW THEM, KNEW WHATTHEY WERE LIKE, AND WERE GLAD TOBE CALLED THEIR FRIENDS.HE WAS A BROTHER, HE WAS A SON,HE WAS A FATHER, HE WAS AHUSBAND, AND OUR STATE AND OURNATION GRIEVES HIM TODAY COMINGHOME.ONE STORY ABOUT HE AND CHRISTIE,THOUGH.THEY MET AND STARTED DATINGWHILE THEY WERE BOTH SERVINGWITH THE 138th.SHE HAD BEEN IN THE 138th FOR15 YEARS.THEY DATED FOUR YEARS BEFORETHEY GOT MARRIED IN 2018.THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED JUST LESSTHAN TWO YEARS.THEY WERE BOTH AVID FOOTBALLFANS, BUT THERE WAS A MAJORPROBLEM.CHRISSY IS A KANSAS CHIEFS FANAND MARSHALL IS A -- HE FIXEDTHAT BY PROPOSING AT THESTEELERS-CHIEFS GAME.I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THE FAMILYFOR THE FOLKS THAT STOOD THERETODAY IN TULSA AS HE CAME HOME,THEY FOUND A WAY TO BE ABLE TOLOVE ON EACH OTHER, THEY FOUND AWAY TO BE ABLE TO SERVE EACHOTHER AND THEY ARE STILLSACRIFICING FOR THE COUNTRY.BECAUSE -- BECAUSE THE COVID-19THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW,THEY'VE CHOSEN NOT TO HAVE APUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE AND THEYARE DELAYING THAT TIME UNTILIT'S SAFER FOR ALL OF THE FAMILYAND FOR ALL THE COMMUNITY TO BEABLE TO PARTICIPATE.LITERALLY THEIR FAMILY CONTINUESTHE GRIEF IN THE WAIT, ONE MORESACRIFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY ANDFOR THEIR COMMUNITY.TODAY ALL OF OKLAHOMA IS USING AHASHTAG TO SHARE MESSAGES WITHTHE FAMILY.HASHTAG GSTG MARSHALL ROBERTS,TO BE ABLE TO SHARE A MESSAGE OFSUPPORT AND LOVE FOR THE FAMILY.OUR NATION IS GRATEFUL AND WEGRIEVE WITH YOU FOR THE LOSSTODAY.THANK YOU TO HIM AND HIS FAMILYFOR WEARING THE CLOTH OF OURCOUNTRY AND FOR DOING EVERYTHINGTHAT OUR NATION ASKED OF HIMUNTIL THE VERY END.OUR NATION LIVES IN FREEDOMBECAUSE OF FOLKS LIKE MARSHALLROBERTS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TOSTAND WITH CHRISSY AND PEYTONAND WITH THEIR FAMILY.WITH THAT, I YIELD.MR. LANKFORD: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.MR. LANKFORD: MR. PRESIDENT,WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PASSINGA VERY LARGE ECONOMIC PACKAGE TOHELP STABILIZE OUR ECONOMYTHROUGH THE MIDDLE OF ALL THAT'SHAPPENING WITH COVID-19 GLOBALLYAND IN THE UNITED STATES.THE HEART OF THE PACKAGE WE'REPASSING TODAY IS ALMOSTIDENTICAL TO WHAT WE BROUGHTSUNDAY NIGHT WHICH WAS ABIPARTISAN PROPOSAL WHICHRANKING MEMBERS AND CHAIRMEN OFALL THE RANKING COMMITTEESWORKED TOGETHER TO GET THISDONE.THE KEY ELEMENTS ARE STILLTHERE, IT'S UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE FOR AMERICANS,INCLUDING $600 PLUS TO BE ABLETO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS.THERE IS SUPPORT FOR SMALLBUSINESSES THAT WILL ACTUALLYPAY THE PAYROLL.WE DON'T WANT INDIVIDUALS TO ENDUP ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.IT'S BETTER IF THEY STAYCONNECTED TO THEIR SAME COMPANY.THERE'S A UNIQUE NEW PROPOSALTHAT WILL SAY A SMALL BUSINESSCAN GO TO ANY BANK RAPIDLY TO BEABLE TO GET A LOAN THERE WHICHWILL CONVERT INTO A GRANT IFTHEY MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENTEMPLOYEE NUMBERS.THAT KEEPS PEOPLE CONNECTED TOTHEIR BUSINESS AND KEEPS PEOPLEASSURED OF A JOB AT THE END OFALL OF THIS WHEN IT ALL FINISHESIT OUT.IT IS A GRANT PROGRAM FOR LARGERBUSINESSES THAT'S DESIGNED TOSAY IF YOU'RE A VERY LARGECOMPANY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GETA GRANT, YOU'RE GOING TO GET ALOAN THROUGH THIS PROCESS.AT THAT MOMENT YOU WILL GET ALOAN AND IF YOU DON'T HAVECAPITAL OR ACCESS TO IT RIGHTNOW BECAUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON,YOU COULD GET THAT.THIS ALSO HAS A FEATURE BUILT INWHERE INDIVIDUALS WILL RECEIVE ACHECK FOR $100 TO GIVE SUPPORTTO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THECOUNTRY.ALL THOSE FEATURES WERE IN THEBILL.THERE HAVE BEEN TWEAKS, SOME ORDEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WANTEDCHANGES, MANY OF THOSE CHANGESHAVE BEEN HEARD AND ADDED ANDSOME WE SAID, ABSOLUTELY NOT,IT'S NOT CONNECTED TO COVID-19AT ALL.THERE ARE SOME THINGS OURDEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WANTED TOMAKE SURE THEY GOT IN ANDTHROUGH ALL OF THE NEGOTIATIONSSOME OF THESE THINGS WERECHANGED.FOR INSTANCE, THEY REALLY WANTEDTO MEDICARE SURE THAT ENERGYCOMPANIES COULDN'T GET ANYSUPPORT SO THEY FOUGHT HARD TOMAKE SURE THERE IS NO ADDITIONALMONEY FOR THE PRESIDENT BUYINGADDITIONAL OIL TO PUT IN THESTRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE ATTHE LOWEST PRICE NOW SO IT WILLACTUALLY COST US MORE MONEY INTHE FUTURE, BUT IT WAS THEIRINTENTION TO SAY WE DON'T WANTOIL COMPANIES TO GET ANY KIND OFSUPPORT IN THIS DOWNTURN THETHEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEREWAGS GREAT TRANSPARENCY THEY SOBUILT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL AND ABUNCH OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TOWATCH THE TREASURY THROUGH THEPROCESS.THEY PUT IN A NEAT FEATURE THATTHEY DEMANDED AND THAT WAS NOSON OR DAUGHTER OR FAMILY MEMBEROR ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT WORKSWITH THE PRESIDENCY OR VICEPRESIDENCY OR THE CONGRESS COULDGET ANY OF THE GRANT -- NOT THEGRANT PROGRAMS, BUT THE LOANPROGRAMS.NO SON-IN-LAW COULD GET THAT.I WONDER WHO THAT COULD BETARGETED TOWARDS.A PARTICULAR SON-IN-LAW THATMIGHT BE THERE.LITERALLY A LOT OF THIS FIGHTTHAT WE'VE HAD OVER THE LASTTHREE DAYS IS BECAUSE THEY WEREDEMANDING THAT THERE WAS NO WAYTHAT THE PRESIDENT OR ANY OF HISFAMILY COULD GET ANY KIND OFLOAN OR BENEFIT FROM THIS LOANAT ALL.SO WE SPENT THREE DAYS -- THREEDAYS OF DELAY BECAUSE THEY HADSOME ADDITIONAL DEMANDS FOR SOMETHINGS THEY WANTED TO DO,SIGNIFICANTLY TARGETED A LOT OFTHE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY.I UNDERSTAND THEY DON'T LIKE THEPRESIDENT.I GET THAT.WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CANTO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEWORKERS, THAT'S WHY WE PUT INTHE WORK AND THE BIPARTISAN WORKTO GET IT DONE.IT'S DONE NOW.LET'S GET IT GOING.OUR ENCOURAGEMENT IS TO HAVE THEHOUSE FINISH IT UP AS QUICKLY ASPOSSIBLE AND BE ABLE TO GET THESUPPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.WHAT'S BEEN INTERESTING, THOUGH,IS IN THE SPEECHES THAT I HEARDON THE FLOOR TODAY FROM MYCOLLEAGUES AND FROM MANYINDIVIDUALS IN RELEASES THATI'VE SEEN IS FOLKS HAVEMENTIONED THEIR PRAYER, THEYHAVE MENTIONED WITH GOD'S HELPWE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS,THEY HAVE MENTIONED THE STRUGGLETHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH AS ANATION AND HOW WE'RE PRAYING FOREACH OTHER AND IT KEEPSREMINDING ME OF SOMETHING.IT'S A VERY OLD SOLEMN,SOLEMN21.WHEN THE JEWS WOULD COME INTOJERUSALEM, THEY WOULD SING SONGSOF ASCENT AS THEY CAME OFF THEEASTERN HILLS AND START RISINGUP TOWARDS JERSEY LUM.THE CONGRESS THEY WOULD SING ISPERTINENT, IT READS, I LIFT UPMY EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS.WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?I REMEMBER THE MOUNTAINS HERE ISTHE CAPITAL CITY JERUSALEM, ITIS THE SEED OF GOVERNMENT OFWORSHIP FOR THEM.THEY WOULD SING, I LIFT UP MYEYES TO THE MOUNTAINS.WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, THEMAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.HE WILL NOT LET YOUR FOOT SLIP.HE WHO WATCHES OVER ISRAEL WILLNEITHER SLUMBER OR SLEEP.THE LORD WATCHES OVER YOU.THE SUN WILL NOT HARM YOU BY DAYNOR THE MOON BY NIGHT.THE LORD WILL KEEP YOU FROMHARM.HE WILL WATCH OVER YOU.THE LORD WILL WATCH OVER YOURCOMING AND GOING BOTH NOW ANDFOREVER MORE.IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT THEPEOPLE WOULD COME IN, MARCHINGINTO JERUSALEM, THE SEED OFGOVERNMENT SINGING, I LIFT UP MYEYES TO THE MOUNTAIN.WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD.OF ALL OF THE THINGS GOING ON INWASHINGTON, D.C., RIGHT NOW, YOUWILL HEAR PEOPLE REPEATING OVERAND OVER AGAIN, OUR HOPE IS NOTIN GOVERNMENT, OUR HOPE IS NOTIN HOW MUCH MONEY WE CAN SPEND.WE UNDERSTAND FULL WELL WHEN WELIFT UP OUR EYES TO THEMOUNTAIN, TO THIS BILL HILL, WEKNOW WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM.OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD ANDWE'RE GRATEFUL HE NEITHERSLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS.WITH THAT I YIELD THE FLOOR.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM ARKANSAS.MR. COTTON: THE DEADLYCORONAVIRUS THAT EMERGED FROMCHINA LATE LAST YEAR SPREADACROSS THE GLOBE.THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTYDECEIVED THE WORLD AND EVENTHEIR OWN PEOPLE AND UNLEASHEDTHE WORST PANDEMIC IN A CENTURYUPON US ALL.NOW IT FALLS ON US TO DEFEAT IT.HERE AT HOME A STRANGE ANDUNSETTLING HUSH HAS FALLEN OVERTHE COUNTRY AS BUSINESSES CLOSEAND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BRACEFOR WHAT'S TO COME.IN NEW YORK, SEATTLE, NEWORLEANS, AND ELSEWHEREPREPARATION FOR THE VIRUS HASENDED.THE VIRUS HAS ARRIVED IN FORCE.THE URGENT BATTLE TO SUPPRESS ITHAS BEGUN.IN EMERGENCY ROOMS AND I.C.U.'SCOURAGEOUS DOCTORS AND NURSESARE LOCKED IN A BATTLE TO SAVETHE LIVES OF THEIR PATIENTS.PROTECTIVE GEAR IS IN SHORTSUPPLY, BUT THEIR REGARD FORSAFETY AND EVEN FAMILY COMESSECOND TO THEIR DUTY.THE DAYS AHEAD WILL BE ACLOSE-RUN THING IN THOSE CITIESAS THEY STRUGGLE TO KEEP THEIRHOSPITALS OPEN AND FUNCTIONING.BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE CHINAVIRUS WILL SPARE NONE OF US.THE -- FROM THE HIGH RISES OFTHE BIG CITIES TO THE HILLS OFTHE OZARKS.SOON THE SENATE WILL FINALLYPASS DESPERATELY NEEDEDEMERGENCY LEGISLATION FOR OURNATION, INCLUDING A MASSIVEINFUSION OF FUNDS TO OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.BUT THIS LEGISLATION ISN'T ABOUTSTIMULUS.IT'S ABOUT SURVIVAL.WITH THIS LEGISLATION BEHIND US,AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO ASK,WHAT'S NEXT?YES, THE VIRUS IS TESTING USALREADY AND IT HAS ALREADYTOUCHED MOST OF US BY CLOSINGOUR CHURCHES, SHUTTERING OURBUSINESSES AND THREATENING THEJOBS AND RETIREMENT SAVINGS OFMILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND, OFCOURSE, THREATENING OUR LIVES.IT'S ONLY NATURAL THAT SO MANYARE WONDERING ANXIOUSLY WHEN ANDHOW THIS UNPRECEDENTED CRISISWILL END AND WHEN IT ENDS WILLTHEIR JOBS STILL BE THERE?HOW WILL THEY PUT FOOD ON THETABLE?HOW WILL THEY PAY THE BILLS?AMERICANS WANT TO KNOW THE PLANSO THEY CAN DO THEIR PART.MORE FUNDAMENTALLY THEY WANT TOKNOW THAT THERE IS A PLAN.COMBINED WITH WORRY ABOUT THEFUTURE NATURALLY BREEDSFRUSTRATION.WE ARE CITIZENS, AFTER ALL, NOTMERELY PASSIVE CARRIERS OF ADEADLY PATHOGEN.THIS FRUSTRATION HAS GIVEN RISETO A NEW AND GROWING ARGUMENTTHAT AMERICANS CAN'T WAIT ANYLONGER THAT WE OUGHT TO OPENBACK UP AND TAKE OUR CHANCESWITH THIS VIRUS.AFTER ALL, WE CAN'T STAY INSIDEFOR EVERY. -- FOREVER.WE CAN'T, AS THE SAYING GOES,LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THEDISEASE.THE EMERGENCY TO STAVE OFFECONOMIC COLLAPSE IS, OF COURSE,UNDERSTANDABLE.AND IT'S TEMPTING TO THINK THATWE FACE A SIMPLE CHOICE BETWEENSHUTTING DOWN TO FIGHT THE VIRUSAND OPENING UP TO SAVE THEECONOMY.BUT A CHOICE IS NOT SO SIMPLE.SOME THOUGHTFUL OBSERVERS NOTETHAT THE SEASONAL FLU, ANAUTOMOBILE -- AND AUTOMOBILEACCIDENTS KILL MORE AMERICANSANNUALLY THAN HAS THIS VIRUS.THAT'S TRUE AS FAR AS IT GOES.BUT WE'RE JUST AT THE BEGINNINGOF THIS PANDEMIC.AND I HAVE TO ADD THE JAVITSCENTER IN NEW YORK CITY HASNEVER BEEN CONVERTED INTO AFIELD HOSPITAL FOR THE FLU ANDCAR WRECKS.GRANTING THAT, SOME SAY, PERHAPSWE CAN REOPEN IN A FEW DAYSSINCE OUR ELDERLY ARE MOST ATRISK FROM THIS VIRUS.QUARANTINE THEM.KEEP THEM SAFE, THE ARGUMENTGOES WHILE THE REST OF US GETBACK TO WORK.BUT THERE ARE 72 MILLIONAMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 60 INTHIS COUNTRY.MANY OF THEM RAISE CHILDREN,LIVE ALONE, OR WORK OUTSIDE THEHOME.THEY CAN'T WALL THEMSELVES OFFFROM THE WORLD, NOR SHOULD WEWALL THEM IN.MOREOVER, TENS OF MILLIONS OFYOUNGER AMERICANS HAVEPREEXISTING CONDITIONS THAT PUTTHEM AT ELEVATED RISK FROM THISVIRUS.ARE WE TO QUARANTINE ALL OFTHEM, TOO?BECAUSE EVEN YOUNGER ANDHEALTHIER AMERICANS ARE NOT SAFEFROM THIS PANDEMIC.THE CHINA VIRUS ATTACKS THELUNGS OF THE YOUNG AND THE OLDALIKE.OF THE CASES WE KNOW ABOUT, THEVIRUS APPEARS TO SEND ABOUT ONEIN SEVEN YOUNGER PEOPLE TO THEHOSPITAL.IT'S TRUE THAT SURVIVAL RATESFOR YOUNGER PATIENTS ARE BETTER,BUT EVEN THEIR RECOVERY DEPENDSON A FUNCTIONING HEALTH CARESYSTEM.IF WE GIVE UP ON OUR EFFORTS TOCONTROL THIS VIRUS NOW, OURMEDICAL SYSTEM WILL BEOVERWHELMED.HOSPITALS WILL COLLAPSE.CARE WILL BE RATIONED.DOCTORS WILL FACE THE TERRIBLECHOICE OF WHOM TO SAVE AND WHOMTO LET PERISH.AND NOT JUST FOR PATIENTS OFTHIS VIRUS, FOR EVERY AMERICANWHO NEEDS INTENSIVE CARE,WHETHER FROM HEART ATTACK ORSTROKE OR CAR WRECK OR ANYTHINGELSE.BESIDES IF LEFT UNCHECKED, THISDEADLY VIRUS WILL CONTINUE TOWRECK OUR ECONOMY AS SURELY ASIT HAS ALREADY.IT WASN'T PRESIDENT TRUMP WHOSHUT DOWN BUSINESSES, AFTER ALL.AND IT REALLY WASN'T EVENGOVERNORS AND MAYORS, THOUGHTHEY ISSUED THE ORDERS.GOVERNMENT-ENFORCED CLOSURESWERE LARGELY A REAR GUARD ACTIONBY COMMUNITIES WHO ADD ALREADYGROUND TO A HALT DUE TO THEVIRUS OR THAT SOON WOULD HAVECOME TO A WRENCHING STOP IN THETEETH OF THE PANDEMIC.WHO AMONG US WOULD TAKE OUR KIDSTO A RESTAURANT TOMORROW IF WEOPENED BACK UP?OUR ECONOMY ISN'T SEIZED UPBECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT DICTATESBUT RATHER BECAUSE OUR PEOPLEARE UNDERSTANDABLY FEARFUL OF ADANGEROUS VIRUS.SO AN IMMEDIATE REOPENINGWITHOUT THE RESOURCES IN PLACETO FIGHT THE VIRUS ISN'T ANOPTION.OUR HOSPITALS WOULD BEOVERWHELMED.OUR BRAVE DOCTORS AND NURSESWOULD SUCCUMB TO THE ILLNESS.OUR BUSINESSES WOULD KEEP THEIRDOORS CLOSED OR WOULD QUICKLYCLOSE THEIR DOORS AGAIN ASWORKERS AND CUSTOMERS STAYEDAWAY.THE SUPPOSED CHOICE BETWEENSAVING THE ECONOMY AND FIGHTINGTHE VIRUS TURNS OUT NOT TO BEMUCH OF A CHOICE AT ALL.WE CAN'T YET STOP THE STRONGMEASURES THAT ARE IN PLACEBECAUSE WE HAVE NO BETTER OPTIONIN THE SHORT RUN.BUT NEITHER CAN WE CONTINUE THEMFOREVER.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN ONLYHOLD OUT FOR SO LONG.SO WE MUST COME UP WITH A BETTERPLAN AND FAST.THAT PLAN STARTS WITH THIS BIGPAUSE AS WE PROTECT OURSELVESAND EACH OTHER.WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THERESOURCES TODAY TO FIGHT ANYOTHER WAY, BUT IT WILL END WITHTHIS APPROACH.WE MUST USE THE PRECIOUS DAYSAND WEEKS AHEAD TO LAY THEGROUNDWORK FOR A NEW STRATEGY TOFIGHT THE VIRUS, A STRATEGY THATWILL ALLOW ALL OF US TOGRADUALLY GET BACK TO WORK.FOR THAT TO HAPPEN WE'LL NEED TOSCALE UP OUR ABILITY TO RAPIDLYTEST FOR THE VIRUS AS THEY HAVEIN SOUTH KOREA.SO WE HAVE A SENSE OF WHERE THEVIRUS IS AND WHERE WE MUST KEEPIT CONTAINED.ALREADY AMERICA'S PUBLICLABORATORIES AND COMPANIES ARERISING TO THE CHALLENGEPROCESSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OFTESTS.BUT OUR ABILITY TO TEST MUSTGROW EVEN FASTER AND IT IS.WE'LL NEED MASKS, TOO, MILLIONSOF THEM.AND WE'LL NEED LOCAL PERSONNELTRAINED AND PREPARED TO DOWIDESPREAD CONTACT TRACING FORTHOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE.WE'LL HAVE TO DEVELOP PROCEDURESFOR STRICT QUARANTINES OF THOSEWHO TEST POSSIBLE OR THOSE WHOHAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUSWITH ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BREAKINGQUARANTINE AND ENDANGERING OURFELLOW CITIZENS.ONCE THESE ELEMENTS ARE IN PLACEAND THE FIRST WAVE OF THIS VIRUSIS PASSED, THEN WE'LL BEPREPARED TO REOPEN OUR CITIESAND COMMUNITIES WHILE REMAININGVIGILANT BUT NEW OUTBREAKS.THESE PREPARATIONS WILL ENSUREWE'RE READY TO SUSTAIN OUR WAYOF LIFE UNTIL OUR SCIENTISTS CANCREATE WHAT WE SO DAS SEPARATELYNEED -- WE SO DESPERATELY NEED,THERAPEUTIC DRUGS AND ULTIMATELYA VACCINE.A VACCINE MAY TAKE A YEAR ORMORE BEFORE IT'S AVAILABLE, BUTTHESE OTHER INTERMEDIATEPRECAUTIONS MUST GO INTO EFFECTMUCH, MUCH FASTER.AMERICA MUST INDEED REOPEN.WHEN WE DO, THESE DECISIONS MUSTBE BASED ON LOCAL CONDITIONS,NOT AN ARBITRARY NATIONWIDETIMELINE.OUR GOVERNORS AND MAYORSUNDERSTAND THEIR LOCALCONDITIONS.THEY CAN MAKE GRADUAL ROLLING,CALIBRATED DECISIONS IN A WAYTHAT IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN THETOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT THISVIRUS ARE READY AND AVAILABLE.WHAT I'VE OUTLINED MAY SEEM LIKEA DAUNTING, EVEN AN IMPOSSIBLECHALLENGE, BUT OUR NATION HASOVERCOME FAR GREATER CHALLENGESBEFORE.ALREADY AMERICA IS RISING TOTAKE ON THE CHINA VIRUS.THE GIANT OF AMERICAN INDUSTRYIS WAKENING, RETOOLING OURFACTORIES TO JOIN THIS FIGHTJUST AS WE DID DURING WORLD WARII.NEVER BET AGAINST AMERICA'SWORKERS AND AMERICAN INGENUITY.AND ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRYAMERICANS ARE SPRINGING INTOACTION.WE KNOW THE VITAL ROLE OURDOCTORS AND NURSES WILL PLAY INTHE COMING MONTHS ALONGSIDE OURFIRST RESPONDERS, OUR FACTORYWORKERS AND FARMERS, OUR GROCERSAND ON DOWN THE LIST.ASK YOURSELF NOW HOW CAN YOUHELP.CAN YOU KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROMTHOSE MOST AT RISK REALIZINGTHAT THE CHINA VIRUS PREYS ONOUR MOST EARNEST DESIRES, FORSOCIETY AND COMPANIONSHIP.CAN YOU OFFER A CHARITY FOR AFRIEND IN NEED?CAN YOU PICK UP GROCERIES FORYOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOR?CAN YOU KEEP YOUR WORKERS ONPAYROLL AN BENEFITS JUST ALITTLE LONGER UNTIL OURLEGISLATION KICKS IN?CAN YOU POSTPONE YOUR TENANT'SRENT FOR A MONTH?CAN YOU PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE OFOUR NATION AND THE WORLD?THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THETHINGS WE MUST DO AS A COUNTRYTO MAKE REOPENING POSSIBLE ANDLIFE BEARABLE IN THE MONTHSAHEAD.WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER SOWE'LL NEED TO HAVE EACH OTHER'SBEST INTERESTS AT HEART.MANY YEARS OF COMFORT AND EASEHAVE PERHAPS CONDITIONED US TOASK ONLY WHAT WE'RE FREE TO DO,NOT WHAT WE'RE CALLED TO DO.THE OLD DISOPINIONS OF PERIL ANDPRIVATION THREATEN TO RETURN.WE'LL NEED OLD NOTIONS OF DUTYTO MAINTAIN ORDER IN THE FACE OFTHEM.THE DARKEST DAYS OF THIS CRISISARE IN ALL LIKELIHOOD STILLAHEAD OF US.LET US FACE UP TO THEM BRAVELY.LET US ACKNOWLEDGE THE TROUBLESAHEAD AND LET US DEVOTE OURWHOLE ENERGY TO WINNING THISBATTLE QUICKLY SO THAT THENORMAL LIFE OF OUR NATION CANRESUME.MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THEFLOOR.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM TEXAS.MR. CORNYN: MR. PRESIDENT,DURING TIMES OF DISASTER, CRISISOR HARDSHIP, I AM -- I NEVERFAILED TO BE INSPIERPED BY THE-- INSPIRED BY THE GENEROSITY OFAMERICANS, INCLUDING FOLKS IN MYHOME STATE OF TEXAS.I THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAMETOGETHER IN THE WAKE OFHURRICANE HARVEY, TO LEAD SEARCHAND RESCUE OPERATIONS, CLEARDEBRIS, AND REBUILD COMMUNITIESAND LIVES.WE SAW STRANGERS FORMING HUMANCHAINS TO RESCUE A DRIVERTRAPPED IN A CAR.RESTAURANTS OFFERING FREE MEALSTO FIRST RESPONDERS.AND A HOUSTON LEGEND KNOWNAAFFECTIONATELY AS MATTRESS MACKOPENING HIS FURNITURE STORES FORTHOSE WHO NEEDED SHELTER.ONE VOLUNTEER SAID I'VE MET MOREOF MY NEIGHBORS IN THE LAST 24HOURS THAN I HAVE IN THE LAST 20YEARS.WELL, THESE HEART WARMINGSTORIES OF TEXANS LENDING A HANDTO ONE ANOTHER ARE A SOURCE OFCOMFORT, EVEN DURING THETOUGHEST TIMES.RIGHT NOW WHEN EXTENDING APHYSICAL HAND IS ONE OF THEWORST THINGS YOU CAN DO BECAUSEIT VIOLATES SOCIAL DISTANCINGRULES, THERE'S TIL PLENTY OFNEIGHBORS -- THERE'S STILLPLENTY OF NEIGHBORS HELPINGTHEIR NEIGHBORS.FOLKS IN TEXAS LIKE AROUND THECOUNTRY ARE STAYING HOME TO KEEPTHEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBORSSAFE, AND WE'RE SEEING NEW ANDCREATIVE MEANS OF SUPPORTING ONEANOTHER.FOR EXAMPLE, A NUMBER OFTILRIESACROSS -- OF DISTILLERIES ACROSSTHE STATE HAVE SWITCHED FROMMAKING VODKA OR WHISKEY TO HANDSANITIZER.WITH DEMANDS SURGING AND HANDSANITIZER IN SHORT SUPPLY, MOREAND MORE HOSPITALS ARESTRUGGLING TO KEEP IT IN STOCKAND THESE DISTILLERIES ARESTEPPING UP TO FILL THE VOID.JONATHAN LOCKRIDGE IS THEHEADTILRY AND COFOUNDER OF THEEN ROUTE REPUBLICTILRY IN DENSON, TEXAS AND THEY SAID THEYGOT A CALL ASKING IF THEY COULDHELP.OF COURSE HE SAID YES.BUT BUSINESSES LIKE THIS AREN'TALONE.H.E.B., A GROCERY CHAIN, HASTAKEN STEPS TO MAKE SHOPPINGEASIER FOR SENIORS WHO ARE ATMOST RISK IF THEY CONTRACT THECORONAVIRUS.H.B.P. PARTNERED TO TAKE GROCERYDELIVERY, A SERVICE MANYAMERICANS ALREADY UTILIZE ANDMAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TOSENIORS.THEY COULD PICK UP THE PHONE,PLACE AN ORDER, AND HAVEEVERYTHING THEY NEED DELIVEREDTO THEIR FRONT DOOR WITHIN A FEWHOURS, ALL WITHOUT HAVING TOLEAVE HOME.WE'VE ALSO SEEN OTHERORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO ADAPTTO THESE CHALLENGINGCIRCUMSTANCES.THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OFGREATER HOUSTON PARTNERED WITHTHE HOUSTON FOOD BANK TO OPEN ADRIVE-THRU PANTRY.FAMILIES CAN GET A WHOLE WEEK'SWORTH OF HEALTHY MEALS WITHOUTEVER STEPPING OUT OF THE CAR.OF COURSE, IT'S NOT JUSTBUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHOARE HELPING OUT.PEOPLE ARE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.PEOPLE ARE DONATING BLOOD TOALLEVIATE THE CRITICAL SHORTAGETHAT HOSPITALS ARE FACING.AND ALL OF US SHOULD CONSIDER IFWE CAN DONATING BLOOD.THEY'RE LEAVING NOTE INNEIGHBORS' MAILBOXES OFFERING TORUN ERRANDS AND PICK UPSUPPLIES.ON SOCIAL MEDIA SCHOOL TEACHERSTHAT ARE AT HOME ARE OFFERING TOHELP PARENTS WITH THEIR MATH,SCIENCE, OR OTHER SUBJECTS THATTHEY MAY BE STRUGGLING TO TEACHTHEIR KIDS WHILE THEY'RE AT HOMEAND NOT AT SCHOOL.NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS,FRIENDS HELPING STRANGERS,TEXANS HELPING TEXANS.THAT'S ONE THING I LOVE ABOUTTHIS GREAT COUNTRY.OUR COMMUNITIES ALWAYS JUMP INTOACTION TO HELP ANY WAY THEY CAN.THEY DO WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVEA CRISIS AND KEEP ONE ANOTHERSAFE AND HEALTHY UNTIL WE EMERGEON THE OTHER SIDE.MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S TIME FOR THESENATE TO DO ITS PART.THERE'S BEEN NO EVENT IN MYLIFETIME THAT HAS HAD THIS BIGAN IMPACT ON THE PHYSICAL ANDECONOMIC HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY.EVERY DAY WE LEARN ABOUT MORENEW CASES, RISING UNEMPLOYMENT,AND UNPRECEDENTED MARKETVOLATILITY.WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACTAND TO ACT QUICKLY IN RESPONSETO THIS DUELING CRISIS.ALREADY WE WERE ABLE TO WORK ANDSEND TWO BILLS TO THEPRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE.THE FIRST SENT VITAL SUPPORT TOHEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ANDFIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE DOINGEVERYTHING THEY CAN TO TREATPATIENTS AND PREPARE FOR MORECASES.WE ALSO PROVIDED INITIAL FUNDINGFOR DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE,CLINICAL TRIALS, AND MOREDIAGNOSTIC TESTS.THE SECOND BILL WE PASSEDFOCUSED MORE ON THE SMALLBUSINESSES AND THE INDIVIDUALWORKERS WHO ARE IMPACTEDECONOMICALLY.IT INCLUDED CHANGES INUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SO THATTHOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES OUT OFA JOB CAN PROMPTLY TAKEADVANTAGE OF THESE BENEFITS.AND MADE PAID SICK AND FAMILYLEAVE AVAILABLE FOR WORKERSIMPACTED BY THE VIRUS.THAT'S WHAT WE DID IN THESEFIRST TWO BILLS.WERE THEY PERFECT?WELL, NO.THE SECOND BILL IN PARTICULARFELL SHORT IN A NUMBER OF AREAS.IT WAS LARGELY NEGOTIATED BYSECRETARY OF THE TREASURYMNUCHIN AND SPEAKER PELOSI.BUT WE DECIDED THAT IN THEINTEREST OF THE GREATER GOOD ANDTHE COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE WHOWERE HURTING DURING THIS CRISIS,THAT WE IN THE SENATE WOULD PASSIT EXPEDITIOUSLY.AS THE SAYING GOES, YOU CAN'TLET THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OFTHE GOOD.WE ACTED QUICKLY TO GET BOTHBILLS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK,BECAUSE THE CIRCUMSTANCESDEMANDED IT.SADLY, OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS,OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDEOF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN OBLIVIOUSTO THE SENSE OF URGENCY THATEVERY OTHER AMERICAN SEEMS TOUNDERSTAND.AFTER THE ORIGINAL INTENSEBIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS, WE WEREFINALIZING A THIRD RELIEF BILLWHICH INCLUDED BY DEFINITIONIDEAS FROM BOTH REPUBLICANS ANDDEMOCRATS.WE WERE OPTIMISTIC THAT WE WOULDBE ABLE TO TAKE UP AND PASS THEBILL ON SUNDAY, OR AT LEAST GETIT STARTED AND PASS THE BILL ONMONDAY, BUT CLEARLY THAT DIDN'THAPPEN.OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUESBLOCKED US FROM EVEN DEBATINGTHE BILL, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE.THE MINORITY LEADER SAID THEBILL, WHICH HIS MEMBERS HADHELPED WRITE, WASN'T GOODENOUGH.HE SPENT THE NEXT THREE DAYSTRYING TO CHANGE THE BILL TOINCLUDE PROVISIONS THAT HETHOUGHT WERE MORE IMPORTANTPRIORITIES DURING A NATIONALEMERGENCY.THINGS LIKE TAX CREDITS FORSOLAR PANELS AND TIGHTEREMISSIONS STANDARDS FORAIRLINES, PROPOSALS THAT HAVEABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITHTHIS CRISIS.AFTER A FEW INCREDULOUS DAYS,AMERICA WOKE UP TO THE NEWSTODAY THAT OUR DEMOCRATICCOLLEAGUES ARE FINALLY READY TOSTOP THIS POSTURING AND THISOBSTRUCTION AND TO GET THIS JOBDONE.AFTER BLOCKING THIS BILL TWICEAND HOLDING UP THIS EMERGENCYLIFELINE, HERE'S WHAT THEMINORITY LEADER CLAIMS IS AVICTORY.HE SAYS THE DEMOCRATS EXPANDEDUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO HELPLAID OFF WORKERS AND THOSE WHOARE SELF-EMPLOYED, BUT,MR. PRESIDENT, AS WE ALL KNOW,THAT WAS ALREADY PART OF THEBILL THAT HAD BEEN NEGOTIATEDBETWEEN DEMOCRATS ANDREPUBLICANS.THEN THE MINORITY LEADER SAIDAMERICANS WILL GET DIRECT AID,BUT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUTTHAT FOR WEEKS.THAT WAS PART OF THE BILL THATDEMOCRATS BLOCKED TWICE.AND LET'S GET THIS -- LET'S BECLEAR ABOUT THIS.HERE WE ARE, MEMBERS OF THEUNITED STATES CONGRESS, GETTINGA PAYCHECK, AND THEY HAVE THETEMERITY TO BLOCK TWO TIMESEMERGENCY AID TO PEOPLE WHOAREN'T -- WHO HAVE NO INCOME ATALL THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIROWN?IT'S OUTRAGEOUS.THEN THE MINORITY LEADER SAID HESECURED UNPRECEDENTED AID FORAMERICA'S HOSPITALS, BUT AS ITTURNS OUT THAT WAS PART OF THEBILL DEMOCRATS BLOCKED TWICE.IT WAS THE SUBJECT OF BIPARTISANNEGOTIATIONS, AND WE THOUGHT ACONSENSUS.WELL, THE BILL THAT DEMOCRATSBLOCKED TWICE WAS A BIPARTISANBILL TO BEGIN WITH.DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKEDTOGETHER AND AGREED TO EACH OFTHESE POINTS BEFORE THE FIRSTVOTES WERE CAST.THE MINORITY LEADER'S MEMBERSHAD SPENT COUNTLESS HOURSNEGOTIATING WITH REPUBLICANS.THAT'S HOW YOU GET THINGS DONE.BUT THEN HE SINGLE-HANDEDLYTRIES TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THEWORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE.FOR DAYS, DEMOCRATS NEEDLESSLYBLOCKED A BILL THAT WOULD HAVEBOLSTERED OUR FIGHT TO DEFEATTHIS VIRUS AND PROTECTED OURECONOMY IN THE PROCESS.I AM ABSOLUTELY ANGRY THAT THEYCHOSE TO WASTE SO MUCH VALUABLETIME WHEN THERE ARE SO MANYDIFFERENT PEOPLE IN NEED, BUT IAM ALSO RELIEVED THAT THEYFINALLY AGREED TO QUIT PLAYINGTHEIR PARTISAN GAMES SO WE CANVOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION TODAY.THIS BILL SENDS DESPERATELYNEEDED FUNDING TO HOSPITALS THATARE STRUGGLING TO MANAGE ANINFLUX OF PATIENTS AND HELPSFIGHT THE SHORTAGE OF MASKS ANDOTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVEEQUIPMENT, ONE OF THE PRIORITIESMY GOVERNOR HAD MENTIONED TO ME.IT PROVIDES THE DIRECT FINANCIALASSISTANCE THAT WAS ALREADY INTHE TWO BILLS THAT OURDEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE BLOCKED.A FAMILY OF FOUR WILL RECEIVE UPTO $3,400 UNDER THISLEGISLATION, WHICH WILL GO ALONG WAY TO THROWING THATLIFELINE TO THEM AND COVER THEIRRENT, GROCERIES, ELECTRIC BILLS,AND OTHER EXPENSES UNTIL THEYCAN MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS,LIKE APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE UNDER OUR BEEFED UPPROVISIONS.THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSOPROVIDE RELIEF FOR SMALLBUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLINGTO STAY AFLOAT.MANY OF THESE BUSINESSES THATHAD TO SHUT -- HAVE HAD TO SHUTDOWN BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEENORDERED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO DOSO, AND NOW THEY NEED SOME HELPTO MAKE SURE THAT THE JOBS THEYCURRENTLY PROVIDE WILL STILL BEAVAILABLE WHEN WE GET TO THEOTHER SIDE OF THIS CRISIS.AND PARTICULARLY WE NEED TO MAKESURE THAT THE EMPLOYEES THEYDEPEND ON AND WILL DEPEND ON INTHE FUTURE WILL STILL BE THEREWHEN THEY REOPEN THEIR DOORS.BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND ECONOMICHEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY IN CRISIS,THIS BOLD LEGISLATION IS OURBEST PATH FORWARD.I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT'SBEEN DONE BY SO MANY AROUND THECLOCK FOR THE BETTER PART OF THEPAST WEEK TO GET THIS BILLFINALLY TO THE FLOOR, AND I LOOKFORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT SO THATMY CONSTITUENTS, THE 29 MILLIONPEOPLE THAT CALL TEXAS HOME WILLGET HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.AS WE PREPARE TO PASS THISLEGISLATION AND SEND IT TO THEHOUSE, I URGE THEM TO ACTQUICKLY, BUT YOU MAY RECALL,MR. PRESIDENT, IT WAS SPEAKERPELOSI WHO FLEW BACK INTO TOWNAFTER A WEEK-LONG RECESS,DROPPED AN 1,100-PAGE BILL ANDMADE ALL THESE OUTRAGEOUS NEWDEMANDS.CLEARING OUT THEIR PARTISAN ORIDEOLOGICAL OUTBOX OR WISH LIST.WELL, INCREDIBLY, NOW THAT THEREHAS BEEN AN AGREEMENT HERE INTHE SENATE WITH THEADMINISTRATION, SPEAKER PELOSIHASN'T EVEN CALLED THE HOUSEBACK INTO SESSION.AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY HADA -- THEY GAVELED IN SESSION ANDOUT OF SESSION TODAY, AND THEYWON'T BE BACK IN SESSION UNTILTOMORROW.SPEAKER PELOSI HAS A HUGECHALLENGE.UNLESS SHE CAN GET UNANIMOUSCONSENT TO PASS A $2 TRILLIONBILL THROUGH THE HOUSE, SHE MAYWELL HAVE TO CALL BACK INTOSESSION THE ENTIRE HOUSE OFREPRESENTATIVES.WITH RESTRICTED FLIGHTS BECAUSEOF THE LACK OF DEMAND AND THECOST CUTTING THAT AIRLINES AREGOING THROUGH WITH THE CONCERNSABOUT PEOPLE SHELTERING INPLACE, MAINTAINING SOCIALDISTANCE AND GOOD HYGIENE TOSTOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS,SPEAKER PELOSI HAS CREATED ATERRIBLE PROBLEM FOR HERSELF.BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE HASCREATED EVEN MORE OF A PROBLEMFOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRYBECAUSE WE NEED TO GET THISPASSED OUT OF THE SENATE TODAYAND OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TO THEPRESIDENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREDEPENDING ON US TO RESPONDRESPONSIBLY IN A BIPARTISAN WAYDURING AN EMERGENCY LIKE THIS,AND WE CANNOT LET THEM DOWN.MRS. BLACKBURN: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM TENNESSEE.MRS. BLACKBURN: ARE WE IN AQUORUM CALL?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: NO.MRS. BLACKBURN: WE ARE NOT.THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO SAY LASTNIGHT WAS AN UNUSUALLY LATENIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON AND WEWERE ALL IMPATIENT, OUR STAFFWAS IMPATIENT, AND THE PRESS WASIMPATIENT.AND AS WE TALKED TO PEOPLEACROSS THE STATE, WHAT WEREALIZED WAS THEY'VE LONG BEENRUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE.I TALKED ABOUT IT FOR SOME TIMEON THE FLOOR BUT FOR THE HOURLYWORKER, FACTORY WORKER,SONGWRITER, GIG WORKER, THEY'VEBEEN TELLING ME THEY ARE RUNNINGOUT OF TIME AND THEY HAVE JUSTBEEN REALLY ANXIOUS FOR WHAT WASGOING TO COME ABOUT OUT OF THISCHAMBER.AND I KNOW THAT IN THE DAYS ANDWEEKS AHEAD, AS WE WORK THROUGHGETTING RELIEF TO COMMUNITIESAND INDIVIDUALS AND SMALLBUSINESS OWNERS AND LARGECOMPANIES, THAT THERE'S GOING TOBE A LOT OF BLAME THAT IS GOINGTO BE THROWN AROUND.THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME THATARE GOING TO BLAME POLITICIANS.THERE ARE OTHERS THAT ARE GOINGTO BLAME THE WAY THE ECONOMY ISSTRUCTURED.THERE ARE OTHERS STILL WHO AREGOING TO BLAME THE HEALTH CARESYSTEM.BUT I WILL TELL YOU I THINK THATTHERE IS A NECESSITY TO HAVE ADISCUSSION ABOUT WHY WE DO HAVETHIS CURRENT CRISIS, AND IT ISBECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THECHINESE GOVERNMENT, THE PEOPLE'SREPUBLIC OF CHINA.THAT LEADERSHIP IN BEIJING.AND WE HAVE GONE ROUND AND ROUNDWITH ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA ON THEPOINT AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TOPOINT OUT THAT WHEN WE SAY THATCHINA IS TO BLAME FOR THE SPREADOF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS THAT WECALL COVID-19, WE DO NOT MEANTHE CHINESE PEOPLE AS A WHOLE,BUT YET WE HAVE SOME THAT DO NOTWANT TO SAY THIS IS WHERE ITCAME FROM.I THINK WE SHOULD STOP THAT ANDWE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITHDECISIONS BASED ON FACT, WITHDECISIONS THAT ARE BASED ONDATA, AND WE NEED TO BEGIN TOCOLLECT THOSE FACTS AND TOCOLLECT THAT DATA AS IT PERTAINSTO THIS DISEASE.THIS IS HOW WE GET TO THEANTIVIRALS, THIS IS HOW WE GETTO HAVING A VACCINE, AND IT'SHOW WE LOOK AT LESSONS LEARNEDSO THAT WE DON'T GO BACK THROUGHTHIS AGAIN, SO THAT WE PLAN TOTACKLE SOME OF THE UNEXPECTEDOCCURRENCES THAT WILL COME OURWAY.AND AS WE TALK ABOUT FACTS, WEDO KNOW THAT COVID-19 ORIGINATEDIN WUHAN, CHINA.FROM THERE IT SPREAD RAPIDLY ANDIT HAS HAD DEVASTATINGCONSEQUENCES.THE ECONOMY IS CRUMBLING.WE'RE WORKING DESPERATELY TOSHORE IT UP.INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN THEHOSPITAL OR SICK.I TALKED TO ONE TENNESSEAN THISMORNING WHO SAID, I'M HAPPY TOREPORT MY HUSBAND IS COMING BACKAROUND.HE HAS BEEN SUFFERING FOR THELAST MANY DAYS WITH COVID-19.WE'VE GOT WORLD -- THE WORLD'SHEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, ANDWHAT ARE THEY DOING?THEY ARE WORKING TO THE POINT OFEXHAUSTION.AND WHAT YOU HAVE IS BEIJING'SRECKLESS COMMUNIST DOGMA ANDTHEY ARE TRYING TO BLAMEEVERYBODY ELSE.AND TODAY WE ARE GOING TO MOVEFORWARD WITH THE RESCUE PACKAGE.THIS IS THE PHASE THREE PACKAGE.IT IS THE FOURTH TRANCHE OFMONEY.I'M INCLUDING IN THAT THEPRESIDENT'S EMERGENCYDECLARATION, WHICH PUT ABOUT$50 BILLION TOWARDS FIGHTINGTHIS.AND AS WE DO THIS AND AS WE SAYWHAT IS OUR WAY FORWARD ON -- ONADDRESSING THIS, WHAT WE HAVE DOIS REALIZE THAT OUR RELATIONSHIPWITH CHINA IS GOING TO NEED TOCHANGE AND CHANGE FOR THEBETTER.THERE IS NO DENYING THAT THE WAYTHEY HAVE CONDUCTED THEMSELVESHAS PUT THAT RELATIONSHIP ONDANGEROUS GROUND.AND TODAY I INVITE MY COLLEAGUESTO SUPPORT THE BICAMERAL SENATERESOLUTION 553 AND ACKNOWLEDGETHAT BEIJING INTENTIONALLYSPREAD MISINFORMATION TODOWNPLAY THE SEVERITY OFCOVID-19 AND BASELESSLY DENIEDTHE RISK OF PERSON-TO-PERSONTRANSMISSION OF THE DISEASE.THEY REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITHINTERNATIONAL HEALTHAUTHORITIES, INCLUDING THEC.D.C.DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF THEOUTBREAK, THEY CENSORED DOCTORSAND JOURNALISTS.WE ALL REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENEDWITH THE LATE DR. LI WHEN HETRIED TO GIVE US THE WARNINGS,AND ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE,THEY MALICIOUSLY IGNORED THEHEALTH AND SAFETY OF ETHNICMINORITIES.MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS THE EASYPART.THE FACTS ARE THERE.ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ACKNOWLEDGETHE FACTS THAT ARE THERE AND USETHIS AS A BEGINNING BECAUSE THISRESOLUTION IS, AS I SAID, IT'SBICAMERAL, IT IS BIPARTISAN INTHE HOUSE, AND WE HAVE NO REASONNOT TO PUSH IT FORWARD AND SENDTHE MESSAGE THAT WE REALIZE WHATHAPPENED TO CAUSE A GLOBALPANDEMIC.AND AFTER WE ACKNOWLEDGEBEIJING'S GROSS MALFEASANCE,WE'RE GOING TO ADJUST THE WAY WETHINK ABOUT CHINA IN THE CONTEXTOF THE ECONOMY, OF OUR NATIONALDEFENSE, TECHNOLOGY, HUMANRIGHTS, AND PHARMACEUTICALMANUFACTURING.WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THEFACT THAT BEIJING INTENTIONALLYDOWNPLAYED THE DEADLY NATURE OFCOVID-19 SHOULD COME AS NOSURPRISE.FOR DECADES -- DECADES CHINA HASMADE A BUSINESS -- IT HAS BEENTHEIR BUSINESS TO SEARCH OUT OURVULNERABILITIES, EXPLOIT THOSEVULNERABILITIES AND WHAT DIDTHEY TRY TO DO?THEY TRIED TO USE THAT ASLEVERAGE AGAINST US.SO IT IS TIME FOR US TO SAY NOMORE.NOW, HERE IS ANOTHER COMPONENT.I'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THIS WEEKON THE FLOOR.OUR PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN.ON FEBRUARY 22, 2020, THIS YEARâ– THE F.D.A. ANNOUNCED THESHORTAGE OF A DRUG USED TO TREATVICTIMS OF COVID-19.IMAGINE THAT, THERE WAS A DRUGSHORTAGE.THEY ATTRIBUTED THE SHORTAGE OFGETTING THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT INTHIS PHARMACEUTICAL, THEY ARECALLED AP -- A.P.I.'S.THEY COULDN'T GET IT FROM THESITE IN CHINA WHICH IS THE SITETHAT MANUFACTURED IT BECAUSETHAT SITE HAD BEEN AFFECTED BYCOVID-19.SO HERE WE ARE.WE NEED THIS COMPONENT TO GOINTO A PHARMACEUTICAL.WE DIDN'T GET IT BECAUSE THEFACTORY THAT PRODUCES THIS HASBEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19.AND IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THATTHIS HAS HAPPENED.IN 2016, WE SAW A SHORTAGE OF ANIMPORTANT ANTIBIOTIC WHEN THESOLE SOURCE OF ITS PRODUCTION,THE ONLY PLACE ON THE GLOBE THATPRODUCED THIS ANTIBIOTIC WAS INCHINA AND THAT FACTORY WAS SHUTDOWN, COULDN'T GET IT.OUR VULNERABILITY IS NOT LIMITEDTO ONE DRUG OR EVEN JUST AHANDFUL OF DRUGS.IN 2007 AND 2008, 246 PEOPLEDIED AFTER TAKING A CONTAMINATEDBLOOD THINNER THAT CAME DIRECTLYFROM A FACTORY IN CHINA.THEY DIED, 246 PEOPLE, JUST LIKETHAT.ROUTINE INSPECTIONS DIDN'T CATCHTHE CONTAMINANT AND THE DRUGSFLOWED RIGHT INTO OUR MEDICINECABINETS.2010, REGULATORS ALSO FOUNDSERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH BATCHES OFTHYROID MEDICATION, MUSCLERELAXERS, ANTIBIOTICS, AND THISWEEK I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM ATENNESSEAN.HE SAID I SAW WHAT YOU SAID ONTHE FLOOR, AND I WANT TO LET YOUKNOW I TAKE A HEART MEDICATION,AND IT WAS JUST RECALLED BECAUSEIT CONTAINED A CARCINOGEN AND ITWAS MADE IN CHINA.THINK ABOUT THIS.THESE ARE THE PHARMACEUTICALS WETAKE TO RETURN OURSELVES TOHEALTH AND WELLNESS, TO MANAGECHRONIC CONDITIONS.AND HERE WE HAVE EXAMPLE AFTEREXAMPLE OF THINGS THAT ARECONTAMINATED, ARE NOT WHAT THEYARE INTENDED TO BE.THESE ARE BASIC, COMMONMEDICATIONS N. 2018 THE F.D.A.RECALLED SEVERAL BLOOD PRESSUREMEDICATIONS MADE IN CHINA THATWERE CONTAMINATED WITHCANCER-CAUSING TOXINS.NOW, I WOULD IMAGINE THERE ARE AFEW PEOPLE THAT COME TO WORKEVERY DAY IN THIS BUILDING THATTAKE A BLOOD PRESSUREMEDICATION.WHAT IF YOU HAD BEEN TAKING ONEFOR A PERIOD OF TIME, AND ITCONTAINED THE CANCER-CAUSINGTOXINS?AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THANTHIS FROM THEIR PHARMACEUTICALSUPPLY CHAIN.IF WE ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE, WEARE GOING TO DO SO AT OUR OWNPERIL.I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TOSUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN SECURINGAMERICA'S MEDICINE CABINET ACT.SENATOR MENENDEZ HAS WORKED ONTHIS LEGISLATION WITH ME, ANDI'M GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR HISSUPPORT.MR. PRESIDENT, YOU ARE WORKINGON LEGISLATION THAT WOULDADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES.BRING THIS PHARMACEUTICALMANUFACTURING BACK INTO THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICA.WE NEED TO END CHINESE CONTROLOVER OUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS INTHIS PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLYCHAIN.THIS MAY SEEM LIKE SOMETHINGTHAT IS TOO LARGE OR TOO RISKYAN UNDERTAKING BUT WE HAVEALREADY PAID DEARLY FOR OURRELIANCE ON CHINESE DRUGMANUFACTURERS, AND IT'S NOTGOING TO STOP BECAUSE THATVULNERABILITY IS LEVERAGE IN THEHANDS OF MADMEN IN BEIJING WHOSEEK NOTHING BUT POWER AND WILLGO TO ANY LENGTHS TO ACQUIRETHAT POWER.THEY DON'T CARE WHO THEY HURT.IT'S CLEAR WITH THIS GLOBALPANDEMIC.THEY DON'T CARE IF IT ISINNOCENT PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK ORMAYBE EVEN THAT LOSE THEIR LIFEAND THEY DEFY US, THEY DEFY USWHEN WE TRY TO STOP THEM.IT'S TIME THAT WE RISE TO THECHALLENGE AND THAT WE RETURNTHIS SUPPLY CHAIN.IVE YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THEABSENCE OF A QUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM INDIANA.A SENATOR: ARE WE IN A QUORUMCALL?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: YES.MR. BRAUN: COULD WE LIFT THEQUORUM CALL?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. BRAUN: MR. PRESIDENT, I'VEBEEN HERE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR.I KEEP MENTIONING THAT OFTENBECAUSE WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN.IN THAT STRETCH, THERE'S NOTBEEN A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE ITHINK THERE'S BEEN SO MUCHURGENCY FOR US AS A SENATE, FORTHE OTHER CHAMBER TO DO THEIRJOB TO DELIVER FOR THE AMERICANPEOPLE.WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A CRISISTHAT IN BUILDING A BUSINESS OVER37, 38 YEARS, YOU'VE CONSTANTLYGOT HURDLES TO JUMP.YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW THE CLEAROUTCOME.YOU TRY TO HAVE A GREAT STRATEGYWITH GOOD IMPLEMENTATION, GOODTACTICS THAT WOULD BE YOURSALVATION THROUGH THICK OR THIN.WHEN IT COMES TO THECORONAVIRUS, IT'S NOT LIKE WEHAVEN'T HAD OTHER RECENT ISSUESBUT NOTHING QUITE LIKE THIS TOWHERE IT STARTED IN ANOTHERCOUNTRY.IT'S GONE ACROSS THE WORLD.AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE THATVECTOR INTO OUR COUNTRY, WE MAYBE DEALING WITH IT ON A BROADERSCALE.I'M A GUY THAT BELIEVES IN FREEENTERPRISE.I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN GOVERNMENTHAS TO STEP IN.BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULDHAVE DONE OTHERWISE IN THISCASE.UNTIL WE TAMP THE DISEASE DOWN,UNTIL WE GET THAT CURVEFLATTENED, NO ONE IS GOING TO BEAT EASE.WE'VE INVESTED THREE, FOUR WEEKSOF ACTUAL GUIDELINES.WE KNEW IT WAS COMING WAY BEFORETHAT.I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE'VE BEENDOING A LOT OF THE RIGHT THINGS,EVEN BEFORE WE WERE REQUIRED TODO THAT.SO WE CAN'T RELENT ON THATCOURSE.ON THE OTHER HAND, NEVER IN MYWILDEST DREAMS WOULD HAVEIMAGINED AN ECONOMY COULD BEAFFECTED LIKE IT HAS.STORES FROM MY HOME -- GETSTORIES FROM MY HOME STATE OFINDIANA ALL THE TIME, NOT ONLYFROM THE PLACES LIKE HOTELS,RESTAURANTS, BARS, AIRLINES, ITHINK OUR SENIOR SENATORACTUALLY EITHER WENT HOME ORCAME OUT HERE, MIGHT HAVE BEENTHE ONLY PERSON ON THE PLANE.THAT'S A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE OF HOWTHIS IS IMPACTING COMMERCE.THE HOTEL OWNER I TALKED TO, 2%OCCUPANCY IN THE WEEK BEFORE.INTO WE'VE COME TOGETHER THISPAST WEEKEND.WE WORKED THROUGH IT.I THINK THAT'S BEEN THE FIRSTTIME I'VE BEEN HERE THAT ON ALEGISLATIVE MATTER WE'VE DONETHAT.DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AT THEGRASSROOTS LEVEL WORKING TODELIVER WHAT I THINK IS A GOODPACKAGE.IT FOCUSES ON, NUMBER ONE, WHONEEDS IT THE MOST.WORK THEARS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED-- WORKERS THAT HAVE BEENDISPLACED AND SMALL BUSINESSOWNERS.IT ALSO HAS STUFF IN FOR THEBROADER PART OF THE ECONOMY.URGENCY IS THE KEY.WE'RE WORKING THROUGH RIGHT NOWSOME SHORT-TERM CORRECTIONS, ANDI HOPE THAT DOESN'T THWART THEPROCESS.WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THIS ACROSSTHE FINISH LINE SUNDAY EVENINGTO WHERE IT COULD HAVE BEENDELIVERED ON MONDAY MORNING ANDWE WOULD STILL HAVE THE NATIONON HIGH ALERT ABOUT WHAT WE'REGOING TO DO HERE.AND IT CAN ONLY COME FROM HEREIN THIS CASE.I'M GOING TO SEGUE INTO WE NEEDTO GET THAT DONE TODAY AND I'MGOING TO BE FOR IT.EACH STATE, EACH SENATOR, EACHREPRESENTATIVE IS GOING TO HAVETO DELIVER TO THE SMALL BUSINESSOWNERS, THE INDIVIDUALS THATHAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY THIS.AND I'VE GOT A TEAM BACK ININDIANA THAT HAS TAKEN ON JUST ABIG SPECTRUM OF CASE WORK, AND IINVITE YOU WHEN THIS LEGISLATIONGETS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE TOMAKE SURE YOU REACH OUT TO OUROFFICE.MANY OF OUR CASES REGRETTABLYHAVE BEEN ALONG THE LINES OFHELPING FOLKS INTERFACE WITH THEV.A.SADLY, I WISH THERE WERE FEWEROF THEM BUT WE'VE HAD REALLYGOOD LUCK.WE INTERFACED WHEN A CRUISE SHIPHAD HOOSIERS STRANDED AND WEREABLE TO FOLLOW UP ON THE PROCESSTO MAKE SURE THEY CAME BACK.CURRENTLY DEALING WITH CASESWHERE YOU'RE STRANDED OVERSEAS.WHATEVER IT IS, COME TO OURSENATE OFFICE.WE'VE GOT A GREAT TEAM AND THEYHAVE HELPED A LOT OF HOOSIERSOUT ALREADY.I WANT TO END ON A POSITIVENOTE.I THINK THIS HAS GOT THE COUNTRYDOWN BECAUSE EVERYTHING YOU SEEIS IN THE CONTEXT OF NEGATIVITY.I LIKE THE FACT THAT ASPIRATIONALLY MANY ARE ALREADYTALKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOINGTO DO WHEN WE COME OUT OF IT.AND THROUGH PRAYERS AND THROUGHALL THE STUFF AMERICANS,HOOSIERS HAVE DONE, I THINKWE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT CURVESTART TO FLATTEN.I LIKE THE APPROACH WE'VE TAKENTO PUT THE EMPHASIS ON THEDISEASE BECAUSE UNTIL THOSENUMBERS GO DOWN, NO ONE IS GOINGTO BE AT EASE.SO AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE,MONDAY WAS THE FIRST THRESHOLD,15 DAYS.WE NEED TO REASSESS, TAKE ALLTHE INFORMATION WE'VE GAINED ANDGATHERED, AND MAKE THE RIGHTDECISIONS GOING FORWARD.I TRUST OUR GOVERNORS AND OURLOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THECOUNTRY TO DO THE SAME THING.AND WE WILL COME OUT AHEAD.WE ARE GOING TO FLATTEN THECURVE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RETAKING CARE OF THE MOSTIMPORTANT THING FIRST.AND I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BEHERE HOPEFULLY SOONER RATHERTHAN LATER.AND THEN WE ALSO NEED TO BEASPIRATIONAL ABOUT WHAT ISREALLY GOING TO GET THIS COUNTRYBACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL ANDTHAT'S WHEN WE CAN HAVE MAINSTREET GOING BACK TO THE WAY ITWAS A MONTH OR TWO AGO WHEN WECAN RECAPTURE THE BEST ECONOMYTHAT WE PROBABLY EVER HAD INHISTORY.AND I KNOW HOOSIERS WILL DOTHEIR JOB.THEY WILL BE ASPIRATIONAL ANDAMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRYWILL DO THE SAME.I YIELD THE FLOOR.I NOTICE THE ABSENCE OF AQUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM GEORGIA.A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK THAT THEQUORUM CALL BE VITIATED, PLEASE.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. PERDUE: MR. PRESIDENT, WE'REON THE CUSP OF A HISTORIC BILLTODAY, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WETOOK A DIFFERENT APPROACH THANKSTO OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIPWHERE WE PUT THE LEADERS OF EACHOF THE COMMITTEES, BOTH DEMOCRATAND REPUBLICANS, TO FOCUS ONTHEIR PORTION OF THE NEEDSBEHIND THIS COVID-19 CRISIS.BEFORE I GET INTO MY REMARKSTODAY, THOUGH, I WANT TO REMINDTHE COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY THATWE HAVE SPONSORED A RESOLUTIONRECOGNIZING AND THANKING ALL THEPEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO ARESTEPPING UP AND AS OTHERS HAVESAID, PUT THEIR OWN HEALTH ANDTHEIR FAMILIES' HEALTH AT RISKTO MAKE SURE THAT THEIRNEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS ANDPATIENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERSARE TAKEN CARE OF.I'M TALKING ABOUT SUPPLY CHAINPEOPLE, HEALTH CARE WORKERS,TRANSPORTATION WORKERS.ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY,AG INDUSTRY, ALL THE PEOPLE INTHE COUNTRY WHO ARE KEEPING THEESSENTIAL NEEDS OF OURPOPULATION GOING.WHILE RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED,THEY HAVE TAKEOUT SERVICE, EVENHERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.THAT IS NOT AN EASY THING TO DOFOR THOSE FOLKS.IT'S A -- THEY'RE LOSING MONEYON IT.I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WERECOGNIZE IN THE MIDST OF THISCRISIS HOW AMERICANS ARERESPONDING.AMERICANS ALWAYS RESPOND TOCRISIS IN A BETTER WAY THANANYBODY ELSE IN THE HISTORY OFTHE WORLD, IN MY OPINION.SOMETIMES WE'RE NOT ALWAYS THEQUICKEST TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE'REIN A CRISIS, BUT RIGHT NOW WEARE RESPONDING TO THIS ONE RIGHTHERE BEFORE US.AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR.PRESIDENT, I BELIEVE WE HAVE TWOCRISES TODAY.ONE IS OBVIOUSLY THE MEDICALCRISIS, THE HEALTH CARE CRISISTHAT WE NOW ARE CHARACTERIZINGAT COVID-19 VIRUS.WE NOW HOW IT ONLY NATURED.WE NOW KNOW WHAT OTHER COUNTRIESARE LEARNING THAT WHO ARE AHEADOF US IN THE CYCLE.BUT BECAUSE OF THAT WE HAVE ACONNECTING ECONOMIC CRISIS THATWE'RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH INTHIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION TODAY.I HOPE WE CAN GET THIS DONETONIGHT.I DON'T SEE ANY REASON WHY WECAN'T.WE HAVE A DEAL.THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS HERE INTHE LAST HOUR, BUT I THINK WE'LLGET THOSE DONE AND HOPEFULLY GETTHIS VOTED ON TONIGHT.AS WE DEAL WITH THESE TWOCRISES, MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S MYSUGGESTION THAT WE LOOK AT THIS-- HOW READDRESS DEALING WITHTHIS CRISIS IN THREE FACES.RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OFTHE FIRST PHASE AND I WOULDCHARACTERIZE IT AS MOBILIZATIONWHERE WE'VE IDENTIFYING THESEVERITY OF THE DISEASE.WE'RE IDENTIFYING WHO IS THEMOST VULNERABLE.WE'RE IDENTIFYING WHAT WE NEEDTO DEAL WITH IT AND MOBILIZINGBEHIND THAT.WE SEE A DRAMATIC INCREASE INTHE NUMBER OF TESTS THANKS TOVICE PRESIDENT PENCE.WE STILL HAVE SHORTAGES OFTESTING KITS AND SWABS ANDREAGENTS AND EVEN TESTINGMACHINES BUT WE HAVE THINGS LIKEIN MY STATE WHERE ONE OF OURMAJOR HOSPITALS, EMORYUNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HAS THEIROWN TESTING.THEY CAN DO IT IN A MATTER OFHOURS VERSUS DAYS AND THEY'REMAKING THAT AVAILABLE TO OTHERHOSPITALS IN THE STATE.THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK.AND THEY'LL PROBABLY LOSE MONEYDOING THAT, MR. PRESIDENT.BUT THEY'RE WILLING TO DO THAT.WE HAVE AN APPAREL COMPANY INGEORGIA WHO HAS SHUT DOWN THEIRBUSINESS IN APPAREL.THEY HAVE GOOD ORDERS,PROFITABLE ORDERS.THEY ARE PUTTING THOSE ASIDE TOMAKE MASKS TO TRY TO HELPILLTHE NEED WITH THE SHORTAGES.BUT THE MOBILIZATION PHASE ISWHERE WE ARE TODAY.WE'RE IDENTIFYING IT BASED ONTHE EXPERIENCES OF OTHERCOUNTRIES WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECTHERE.WE HAVE HOT SPOTS IN OURCOUNTRY, JUST LIKE OTHERCOUNTRIES HAVE HAD.WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN WUHANAND HUBEI PROVINCE IN CHINA.I HAVE BEEN THERE.IT'S A VERY OLD POPULATION.THEY WERE LATE GETTING TO THEIDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT ANDISOLATION.WE SEE THE REPERCUSSIONS FROMTHAT.THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN THECYCLE.HOWEVER THEY DEALT WITH THAT INTHE EARLY DAYS.WE SEE NOW HOW THEY HAVE DEALTWITH THAT CRISIS AND WHAT'SHAPPENING TO THE NUMBERS AND WECAN LEARN FROM THAT.I WILL TALK ABOUT THAT IN ASECOND.THE SECOND PHASE, THOUGH, ISTRANSITION.I'M NOT SURE WE'RE IN IT YET,BUT WE'RE ABOUT TO GO INTO ITPARTLY BECAUSE OF THIS PACKAGE,AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WEPROTECT THE PARTS OF THE ECONOMYWHERE WE CAN SO THAT WHEN WE DOSTART TO COME OUT OF THIS, JUSTLIKE EVERY OTHER COUNTRY AHEADOF US IN THE CYCLE HAS DONE ANDIS DOING RIGHT NOW THAT WILLHAVE OUR BUSINESSES IN APOSITION TO RECONNECT WITH THEEMPLOYERS OR EMPLOYEES THAT THEYHAVE WORKED SO HARD TO DEVELOP.AND OF COURSE THE THIRD PHASE ISFULL-ON RECOVERY.THAT IS TO DO THE THINGS THEN TOGET THE ECONOMY BACK ON ITSSTRONG THE FOOING, TO MAKE SURETHAT WE ADDRESS THE SHORTAGES OFWHAT WE FOUND IN OUR CURRENTPREPARATION.FOR EXAMPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ASTRATEGIC STOCKPILE OF SOME OFTHESE ESSENTIAL MEDICALESSENTIALS THAT WE NEEDED IN THEIDENTIFICATION, TESTING, ANDTREATMENT OF THIS PARTICULARVIRUS.THAT RECOVERY WILL TAKE SOMETIME, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEWAY AMERICA ALWAYS RESPONDS TOTHIS IS THAT I BELIEVE WE CANRESPOND VERY QUICKLY IF WE GETTHE TRANSITION PHASE CORRECT.AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALKABOUT TODAY.AS WE LOOK AT THE MEDICALCRISIS, THOUGH, WE UNDERSTANDNOW, THROUGH A LOT OF DATAOUTSIDE OF THE U.S. -- AND IWILL CAVEAT THIS THAT EACHCOUNTRY'S EXPERIENCE IS JUST ALITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.I WOULD ALSO COMMENT THAT THEREIS A LOT OF NOISE IN THE DATATHAT I SEE AROUND THE WORLDRIGHT NOW.THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS DOING AGREAT JOB OF TRYING TO AGGREGATETHIS DATA TO SEE HOW IT APPLIESTO OUR NEEDS HERE AT HOME.I GIVE OUR DOCTORS AND NURSESAND CAREGIVERS THE HIGHEST THANKYOU I CAN FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOINGHERE AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, FORTHAT MATTER, BUT WHAT THEEXPERIENCE IS IN ITALY MIGHT NOTBE THE SAME AS IT IS HERE.THE EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH KOREAMIGHT NOT BE THE SAME AS IT ISHERE.SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THOSE ANDBE VERY CAREFUL THAT WE DON'TTRY TO EXTRAPOLATE EITHER THESEVERITY OR THE LACK OF SEVERITYAS BEING APPLICABLE HERE.THIS PARTICULAR -- WHAT WE DOKNOW, THOUGH, BEFORE I GET TOTHE BILL IS THAT IN THE WORLDHEALTH ORGANIZATION JUST THISWEEK HAS PUBLISHED AN UPDATE TOTHEIR NUMBERS.THEY ARE CHARACTERIZING THISDISEASE THIS WAY.LOOK, EVERY COUNTRY HAS A LITTLEBIT DIFFERENT INFECTION RATE, ALITTLE DIFFERENT MORTALITY RATE.I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATESBECAUSE WE HAVEN'T TESTED ASBROADLY AS SOME OF THE OTHERCOUNTRIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA HAVEDONE, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEDENOMINATOR IS.WE DON'T KNOW THE MORTALITY RATEOR THE INFECTION RATE FOR THATMATTER.THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD HEALTHORGANIZATION IS DOING, JUST TOPUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, THATABOUT 80% OF THE PEOPLE INFECTEDWITH THIS COVID-19 VIRUS WILLPROBABLY HAVE A MILD -- THAT'STHE WAY THEY CHARACTERIZE IT --A MILD EXPERIENCE WITH THISDISEASE.15% WILL BE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO GOTO A HOSPITAL PARTICULARLY.AND THEN OF THAT, 5% WILL BECRITICAL PATIENTS.TYPICALLY GENERALLY TOWARD THEMOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS --ELDERLY, PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORYEXISTING DISEASES ANDPOTENTIALLY IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES.AS WE DEAL WITH THAT MEDICALCRISIS -- AND WE HAVE POURED ALOT OF RESOURCES TOWARD THAT INTHE FIRST TWO PHASES OF HELP INADDITION TO WHAT THE PRESIDENTDID WITH HIS $50 BILLIONALLOCATION EARLIER.THIS BILL, ALMOST $2 TRILLION OFAID AS WE SEE IT TOWARDBUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES INSTATES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CANWEATHER THIS STORM.THIS BILL -- LET'S BE VERY CLEARABOUT THIS.THIS IS NOT ABOUT COMPANIES.THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYEES.THIS IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHOWORK FOR EMPLOYERS, EITHER INTHEIR OWN BUSINESS OR INSOMEBODY ELSE'S BUSINESS.THIS IS ALL ABOUT EMPLOYEES.IT IS MERELY A FINANCIAL BRIDGETO GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OFTIME TO GET INTO THAT RECOVERYPHASE THAT I'M TRYING TODESCRIBE HERE A LITTLE EARLIER.IT'S ABOUT THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEERELATIONSHIP AND TO MAKE SURETHAT WE KEEP THAT RELATIONSHIPINTACT.LOOK, IN THE LAST THREE YEARS,WE HAVE CREATED 7.5 MILLION NEWJOBS.PRIOR TO THIS NEW CRISIS, THISCORONAVIRUS CRISIS, WE HAD ANECONOMY THAT WAS JUST BOOMING.CREATED 7.5 MILLION NEW JOBS.WE HAD 7.5 MILLION JOB OPENINGS,AS A MATTER OF FACT, AND ONLYFIVE MILLION PEOPLE LOOKING FORWORK.SO WE HAD A SITUATION WHERE WEHAD THE ECONOMY MOVING IN THERIGHT DIRECTION, AND THEN THISHITS.AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WEDON'T LOSE ANY OF THOSE JOBS.AND FOR THAT REASON, WE FOCUSEDON THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEERELATIONSHIP.YES, WE PLUSSED UP UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS FOR THE STATES SO THATTHEY ARE NOT OVERWHELMED, BUT WEMADE SURE THAT THE EMPLOYER HADTHE LIQUIDITY TO KEEP THESEPEOPLE EMPLOYED.AND IN THAT VAIN, WE -- VEIN, WEDID NOT WANT TO HAVE A LIQUIDITYCRISIS WHICH WE COULD VERY WELLHAVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OFSHUTTING THESE BUSINESSES DOWN.WE DIDN'T WANT THAT LIQUIDITYCRISIS TO TURN INTO ANINSOLVENCY CRISIS.WE CAN DEAL WITH A LIQUIDITYISSUE.IT'S EASY TO COME BACK AND DEALWITH COMPANIES THAT HAVE GONEINSOLVENT AND ARE NOW INBANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS.THAT IS A VERY LONG ANDDIFFICULT PROCESS.IT'S DIFFICULT TO COME BACKFROM.WE DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT.THAT WAS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OFMOST OF THE FACETS OF THIS BILL.SOME $2 TRILLION.I WILL SAY THIS ABOUT THAT --THERE ARE TWO MAJOR COMPONENTSTO DO THAT.ONE IS A SMALL BUSINESS -- NOW,A LITTLE OVER 50% OF THE PEOPLEWHO WORK IN AMERICA WORK FORCOMPANIES THAT HAVE 500EMPLOYEES OR FEWER.THAT'S A NEW LEARNING FOR ME.THAT'S CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.BUT IT IS THE ENGINE -- THIS ISNOT NEW NEWS.THIS IS THE ENGINE OF NEW JOBGROWTH.WE KNOW THAT, IN THE LAST THREEYEARS.WE HAVE $350 BILLION DIRECTLYTARGETED TOWARD THOSE SMALLBUSINESS -- SMALL BUSINESSES.WHO CAN THEN BY THE WAY GO TOTHEIR EXISTING LOCAL BANKER ANDGET THIS FACILITY DONE, AGOVERNMENT-BACKED LOANGUARANTEE.IN ADDITION TO THAT, THERE IS$454 BILLION DIRECTED AT OTHERBUSINESSES, PLUS ANOTHER$58 BILLION TOWARD STRATEGICALLYIMPORTANT INDUSTRIES LIKE OURAIRLINE INDUSTRY AND SO FORTH.AND AGAIN, MOST OF THIS MONEY ISIN THE FORM OF LOAN GUARANTEESTO PROVIDE LIQUIDITY TO KEEP THEEMPLOYEE EMPLOYED WITH THEIREMPLOYER.IT'S NO MORE DIFFICULT THANTHAT.BUT ONE OTHER THING THAT IS NOTBEING TALKED ABOUT, AND I WANTTO HIGHLIGHT THIS, AND THAT IS$454 BILLION IS HISTORIC.THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.BUT IT HAS THE ABILITY THROUGHTHE TREASURY THAT THEY CANACTUALLY LEVERAGE THAT UP INTERMS OF THE WAY THE MONEY GOESOUT TO BANKS, IT CAN BE LEVEREDUP TO $3 TRILLION OR$4 TRILLION.WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS THEPOTENTIAL OF UP TO $5 TRILLIONOF LIQUIDITY INTO OUR ECONOMY.THIS IS HISTORIC.IT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO SHOCK THESYSTEM TO SEE, OKAY, THERE ISGOING TO BE LIQUIDITY HERE.THERE MAY BE SOME GROWING PAINSIN THE EARLY DAYS, BUT THELIQUIDITY IS GOING TO BE THERETO WEATHER THIS STORM, TO BRIDGETHIS CRISIS.I WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT'S NEXT.TALK ABOUT THIS TRANSITION PHASEAND MAYBE EVEN THE RECOVERYPHASE FOR A SECOND.THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO,WE HAVE TO REALLY LEARN FROMOTHER COUNTRIES.THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN THECYCLE.FOR EXAMPLE, IT TOOK ABOUT SIXTO EIGHT WEEKS FOR CHINA, EVENWITH THEIR MISTAKES, IT TOOKABOUT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS TO GOFROM ZERO TO THEIR MAXIMUMNUMBER.BUT WE KNOW THAT THE DISEASE HASA LIFE CYCLE.SOMEBODY IS INFECTED WITH IT, IFTHEY SURVIVE, THEY COME ON THEBACKSIDE, AND SO FAR THERE ISOVER 70,000 PEOPLE THAT HAVE HADTHE DISEASE IN CHINA AND AREHEALTHY NOW.WE KNOW FROM ANECDOTAL EVIDENCEON THE GROUND THAT ABOUT 80% OFTHE EMPLOYED WORKERS IN CHINAARE BEGINNING TO GO BACK TOWORK, AND ALMOST 90% OFFACTORIES.THIS IS OUTSIDE OF HUBEIPROVINCE, OUTSIDE OF WUHANPROVINCE.THEY ARE GOING BACK TO WORK.IN SOUTH KOREA, THE LEARNINGTHERE IS TESTING, TESTING,TESTING.MORE THAN THAT, THEY ALSO TRACKCONTACTS.THERE ARE 350 MILLION PEOPLE INSOUTH KOREA.WE HAVE 330 MILLION.BUT IN CERTAIN CITIES ANDSTATES, THEY CAN CERTAINLY LOOKAT DOING THAT.SO WE HAVE TO LEARN FROMCOMPANIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA,JAPAN, SINGAPORE, HONG KONG,AUSTRALIA, AND EVEN CHINABECAUSE THEY ARE AHEAD OF US INTHIS CYCLE.WE SHOULD BE IN THE FIRST FEWWEEKS OF THIS CYCLE GOING FROMOUR -- FROM ZERO TO WHATEVER OURMAXIMUM NUMBER IS, BUT IT'S THENUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES THAT'STHE MOST IMPORTANT.NOT THE NUMBER OF TOTAL CASES.SO THE MORTALITY RATE IS YET TOBE DETERMINED BECAUSE WE DON'TREALLY KNOW THE DENOMINATOR, BUTI BELIEVE IF WE TEST MORE THANTHAT AND THE ACCELERATION CURVEACCORDING TO VICE PRESIDENTPENCE IS UNDER WAY RIGHT NOWTHAT WE WILL HAVE THAT ABILITYTO DO.CONTACT TRACKING IS ANOTHER.THEN ISOLATION IS ANOTHER ONE WEHAVE TO THINK ABOUT,UNFORTUNATELY.WE HAVE HOT SPOTS.IN THE EBOLA CRISIS IN AFRICA,WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE MEDICALCOMMUNITY WAS IF THEY COULD PUTA FULL-COURT PRESS ON THE AREASOF FLARING WHERE WE HAD THEDISEASE FLARE UP AND ISOLATE ITWHERE THEY DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLETRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THOSEAREAS.ISOLATION BY GEOGRAPHY ANDDEMOCRAT GRABBY ARE --DEMOGRAPHY ARE CALLED FOR.THE THIRD THING I WILL HIGHLIGHTBRIEFLY.I BELIEVE RIGHT NOW THIS SHOWSWE WERE BEHIND IN TERMS OF OURPREPARATION FOR A PANDEMIC LIKETHIS.THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.IN THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.WE CAN POINT FINGERS AND BLAME,THAT'S NOT MY PURPOSE TODAY.WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ISTHIS -- IN AMERICA AND IF WE CANBRING THE WORLD'S RESOURCES WITHDATA, THIS IS THE BIG THING.WE HAVE LIMITED DATA IN THEUNITED STATES.OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE A LOT OFDATA.I BELIEVE IF WE AGGREGATE THATDATA AND CREATE A MANHATTANPROJECT TYPE EFFORT TO GO TOWARDVACCINES AND TREATMENTS, THAT WECAN ABSOLUTELY BE READY FOR FLUSEASON NEXT YEAR IF, IN FACT,THIS PARTICULAR COVID-19 VIRUSHAS A ISN'T.WE DON'T KNOW -- HAS ASEASONALITY.WE DON'T KNOW THAT YET.IN CONCLUSION, MR. PRESIDENT,THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THISIS A MOMENT OF CHALLENGE INAMERICA.I WILL SAY THIS, THAT PRESIDENTTRUMP, FOR ALL HIS DETRACTORS,EARLY ON STEPPED UP AND WAS ASTRONG LEADER.I SAID THIS YEFERL YEARS AGO.HE REMINDED ME OF WIN SECTIONCHURCHILL, IRASCIBLE BUTEFFECTIVE IN GETTING RESULTS.THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE HAD EARLYON.RIGHT NOW, WE NEED A STEADY HANDTO MAKE SURE WE DON'T KILL THEECONOMY WHILE WE KILL THISDISEASE.MY ONLY POINT IS IN THISTRANSITION PERIOD -- AND NOBODYHAS ALL THE ANSWERS YET -- WENEED TO START ASKING THEQUESTIONS OF WHAT CAN WE DO INTHIS TRANSITION PERIOD TO FIND ABALANCE BETWEEN PROTECTING LIFEAND PROTECTING THE ECONOMY LONGTERM SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE GETWELL, THEY WILL HAVE A JOB TO GOBACK TO AND WE WILL HAVE ANECONOMY THAT CAN HELP THE WORLDPREPARE FOR THE NEXT PANDEMICTHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THEBEST SPIRIT, I BELIEVE, IN THEHISTORY OF THE WORLD WHEN ITCOMES TO DEALING WITH THISCRISIS.I HAVE TALKED ABOUT A COUPLE OFEXAMPLES IN MY STATE.THE AIRLINES RIGHT NOW AREANOTHER ONE.I KNOW THAT DELTA IS ONE OF THEPRIMARY AIRLINE CARRIERS WE HAVEIN THE COUNTRY.THEY ARE KEEPING SOME FLIGHTSON.I KNOW I HAVE A RESERVATION ON ACOMMERCIAL FLIGHT LATER THISWEEK.I ASKED MY ASSISTANT ARE YOUSURE I WILL GET A SEAT ON THATPLANE?SHE SAID THERE ARE ONLY FIVEPEOPLE WHO HAVE BOOKED A SEAT ONTHAT PLANE.SO IT SHOWS THAT PEOPLE ARETRYING TO DO THEIR PART HERE.NEIGHBORS.PEOPLE GOING TO GROCERY STORESFOR THEIR NEIGHBORS, TAKING CAREOF PICKING UP MAIL, DOINGANYTHING THEY CAN TO PROTECT THEPEOPLE THAT ARE AT RISK.IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, WE KNOWHOW TO DO THAT.IN MAJOR CITIES, IT'S MOREDIFFICULT, BUT IT'S EVENPOSSIBLE THERE.I WILL CONCLUDE WITH THIS,MR. PRESIDENT.THERE IS A DAY COMING, IT'S NOTTHAT FAR OFF, THAT WE WILL BEBEHIND THE TOP END OF THIS CURVEIN AMERICA.WE WILL HAVE LOST SOME LIVES.THAT'S UNFORTUNATE.WE ALL REGRET THAT.BUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS TOMAKE SURE WE PREPARE OURSELVESFOR THIS TRANSITION PHASE THATWHILE WE ARE COMING AND STILLDEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO AREGETTING THE DISEASE, THE DISEASEIS ON THE WANE, AND THE ECONOMYNEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK SO WECAN MAKE SURE THAT WE CANPREPARE THIS COUNTRY FOR THENEXT ROUND THAT WE MAY OR MAYNOT SEE IN THE FUTURE.WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. RUBIO: I RECEIVED A CALL AFEW HOURS AGO FROM SOMEONE IHAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME, AGENTLEMAN I WOULD SAY IN HISEARLY TO MID 90'S, AND HE WANTEDME TO STOP SAYING THAT WHAT WEARE FACING IS AN UNPRECEDENTEDCHALLENGE.I WAS TAKEN ABACK.I MEAN, NONE OF US HAVE EVERLIVED THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THISOR CONFRONTED A SITUATION ASPAINFUL OR SO DRAMATIC.AND SO HE CHALLENGED ME TO DOSOMETHING THAT I HAD ACTUALLYDONE A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT AS ITSHOWS, EVEN A FEW YEARS ERODESMEMORY ABOUT THINGS THATHAPPENED LONG IN THE PAST.HE CHALLENGED ME TO SAY, YOUKNOW, EVERYBODY IS COMPARINGTHIS TO THE LAST TIME WE HADSOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT REQUIREDTHE NATION TO REACT LIKE WE DIDIN WORLD WAR II.AND SO IT CAUSED ME TO GO BACKAND LOOK A LITTLE BIT AT THEYEARS BEFORE THAT GREAT ANDBLOODY CONFLICT.IT'S INTERESTING, IN THE YEARSLEADING UP TO 1941, PRESIDENTROOSEVELT HAD AN EFFORT TO BACKTHE SUPREME COURT.IT WAS INCREDIBLY CONTROVERSIAL.IT ENDED UP FALLING APART IN1937.IT ENDED UP FALLING APART,ACTUALLY, BECAUSE MEMBERS OF HISOWN PARTY TURNED AGAINST HIM,AND IT ACTUALLY WEAKENED ANYMOREIN -- HIM IN THAT TAIL END OFHIS SECOND DEAL.PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT WAS SO UPSETABOUT WHAT MEMBERS OF HIS OWNPARTY HAD DONE TO HIM THAT IN1938, HE DID SOMETHINGUNPRECEDENTED AT THE TIME.HE GOT INVOLVED IN DEMOCRATICPRIMARIES AND TRIED TO DEFEAT,TAKE OUT MEMBERS OF HIS OWNPARTY WHO HAD OPPOSED HIM.NOT ONLY DID HE LOSE BADLY INTHAT EFFORT -- I THINK HE ONLYWON ONE OF THOSE SEATS THAT HEWENT AFTER -- AS A RESULT OFWHAT HE DID, HIS PARTY LOST SIXSEATS IN THE SENATE, 71 IN THEHOUSE, AND ULTIMATELY IN THISVERY CHAMBER, A REPUBLICAN,ROBERT TAFT, WAS ABLE TO PUTTOGETHER A COALITION WITHCONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS ANDBASICALLY BLOCK PRESIDENTROOSEVELT'S AGENDA LEADING INTO1940.THEN IN 1940, ROOSEVELT DIDSOMETHING ELSE THAT WASUNPRECEDENTED AND HIGHLYCONTROVERSIAL.HE ANNOUNCED, ALTHOUGH IT WASLEGAL, THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR ATHIRD TERM.HE WAS AT THAT POINT DEFYING ALONG PRECEDENT THAT HAD BEEN SETBY THE NATION'S FIRST PRESIDENT.AND THEN TO MAKE MATTERS EVENMORE INTERESTING, HIS OWN VICEPRESIDENT WHO HAD TURNED ON HIMON THE COURT ISSUE, HE HAD TOKICK HIM OFF THE BALLOT.IN FACT, HE TOLD HIM IF YOUNOMINATE HIM AS VICE PRESIDENT,I WILL REFUSE THE NOMINATION.ULTIMATELY HE WAS REELECTED ON APROMISE.HE HAD TO MAKE A PROMISE.I WILL KEEP THIS COUNTRY OUT OFWAR.THIS SETS THE STAGE GOING INTONOVEMBER, DECEMBER 1940.A PRESIDENT THAT SPENT THE LASTTHREE YEARS BATTLING HIS OWNPARTY, SEEN HIS OWN AGENDASLOWED AND STIFLED AND HAD TOKICK OUT HIS OWN VICE PRESIDENTAFTER LOSING A LARGE NUMBER OFSEATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE,HAS A COALITION FORMED AGAINSTHIM TO BLOCK HIM AND THEN HAS TOMAKE A PROMISE, WE'RE NOT GOINGTO WAR.ALL THE WHILE UNDERSTANDING THATWHAT WAS HAPPENING IN EUROPEWOULD EVENTUALLY REACH US AND HEWAS PREPARING FOR WAR.AND WHILE HE MADE THAT PROMISEWAS PRETTY FUNDAMENTAL.GOING TO WAR WAS NOT POPULAR INTHIS COUNTRY.MILLIONS OF AMERICANS,PARTICULARLY THOSE AT THE TIMEYOU COULDN'T REALLY TRAVELABROAD, HAD NO CONNECTIONS TOEUROPE.THEY LOOKED AT WORLD WAR I AS AEUROPEAN WAR AND WORLD WAR II ASA WAR THAT HAD TO DO WITHEUROPEANS AND NOT WITH THEM.PROMINENT VOICES, CHIEF AMONGTHEM, CHARLES LINDBERGH WHOTRAVELED THE COUNTRY BLASTINGTHE PRESIDENT AS A WARMONGER INTHE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.THERE WAS ACTUALLY A STUDENTANTIWAR MOVEMENT.NOW, NOT AS MANY PEOPLE WENT TOCOLLEGE AT THAT TIME AS DID INTHE 1960'S, BUT IT WAS REALLY APRECURSOR TO THAT MOVEMENT.WHY?BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE IN COLLEGEWERE THE ONES THAT WOULD BE SENTTO WAR IF THERE WAS ONE AND THEYWANTED NO PART OF IT.AND THEN IN THE BLINK OF AN EYEAT 7:48 A.M. ON DECEMBER 7, 1941-RBGS THE JAPANESE ATTACKED --1941, THE JAPANESE ATTACKED THEU.S. NAVAL BASE PEARL HARBOR,SUNK FOUR OF OUR BATTLESHIPS, WELOST ALMOST 200 AIRPLANES AND 23AMERICANS PERISHED.IT REMAINED THE THIRD BLOODIESTDAY OF THAT VERY BLOODYCONFLICT.AMERICA WAS NOT READY FOR WAR.THEY HAD STARTED A DRAFT BY AONE-VOTE MARGIN.THEY WERE ABLE TO VOTE IT INTOPLACE.THEY HAD -- WE HAD LOST ASIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF OURPACIFIC FLEET AND, FRANKLY, TOTHIS DAY THERE ARE LEGITIMATEQUESTIONS NOT ABOUT WHETHER THEROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION KNEW INADVANCE THAT THIS WAS HAPPENINGAND ALLOWED THE ATTACK TOHAPPEN.THIS IS A CONSPIRACY THEORY.THIS WAS A MASSIVE INTELLIGENCEFAILURE.UP TO 30 MINUTES BEFORE THEATTACK, THE AMBASSADOR TO JAPANWAS NEGOTIATING WITH THE UNITEDSTATES OVER AN OIL EMBARGO ANDAMERICA WAS NOT A SOCIETY OFPEACE.THIS WAS A NATION DEEPLYDIVIDED, A SEGREGATED NATIONTHAT DISCRIMINATED AGAINSTCITIZENS OF COLOR.THERE WERE VERY SERIOUS LABORDISPUTES GOING ON THROUGHOUT THECOUNTRY.MANY STILL WAR THE SCARS OF ADEEP AND PAINFUL ECONOMICDEPRESSION.AND, YET, IN THE BLINK OF AN EYETHIS NATION WAS CONFRONTED WITHAN ENEMY AND HAD NO CHOICE BUTTO PUT ASIDE ALL THAT HADHAPPENED TO THAT POINT,EVERYTHING, ALL THE PROBLEMSTHEY HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT, ALLTHE PROBLEMS THEY HAD WITH EACHOTHER, EVEN THOSE AMERICANS THATHAD BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINSTWERE WILLING TO DO THAT,TREMENDOUS TESTAMENT TO THECONTRIBUTION THEY MADE TO THE EFFRT TO WIN THAT -- EFFORT TO WINTHAT CONFLICT.AND IN THE BLINK OF AN EYELITERALLY EVERY ASPECT OFAMERICAN LIFE WAS CHANGEDOVERNIGHT.THINK ABOUT IT.ONE MINUTE YOU ARE A STUDENTDEMANDING THAT WE STAY OUT OFWAR AND THE NEXT YOU AREVOLUNTEERING FOR SERVICE.ONE MINUTE YOU'RE A HOUSEWIFE,YOU'RE A RETIREE, THE NEXTMINUTE YOU'RE BACK AT WORK OR ATWORK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YOURLIFE AT A FACTORY MAKING MIEWMIEW -- MUNITIONS NEEDED FOR THEWAR EFFORT.CHILDREN WERE PUT TO WORK ONFARMS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLELEFT FARMING TO FILL THEINDUSTRIAL JOBS BECAUSE THE MENTHAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE FILLEDTHOSE JOBS WERE NOW WEARING AUNIFORM AND DYING BY THEHUNDREDS EVERY DAY, AND THEN BYTHE THOUSANDS, ALL OVER THEWORLD.WE RATIONED FOOD.THERE WAS FOOD RATIONING.YOU COULD ONLY EAT SO MUCH.A FAMILY ONLY GOT SO MUCH.GASOLINE WAS RATIONED.I THINK IT WAS THREE GALLONS AWEEK, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN,CLOTHES WERE RATIONED.THE GOVERNMENT STEPPED IN ANDSAID YOU CAN'T BUILD KITCHENAPPLIANCES, NO REFRIGERATORS, NOOVENS, NO VACUUM CLEANERS, WENEED ALL OF OUR INDUSTRIALCAPACITY TO FIGHT AND WIN A WAR.PEOPLE ON THE COAST, AND YOU SEEPICTURES OF THIS TO THIS DAY OFFMIAMI BEACH, PEOPLE WHO TO CLOSETHEIR SHADES BECAUSE THERE WEREGERMAN U-BOATS OFF OUR COAST.PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO MAKETREMENDOUS SACRIFICES, NOT FORTHREE MONTHS, NOT FOR SIX WEEKS,BUT OVER THREE YEARS AND LONGER.AND SACRIFICES ULTIMATELY,PERHAPS THE GREATEST OF ALL,THEY SENT THEIR SONS AND FATHERSOFF TO DIE. -- DIE IN THE DEFENSE OF THISCOUNTRY AND IN OUR FREEDOMS.I DO NOT MEAN TO DIMINISH THECHALLENGES THAT ARE BEING ASKEDOF US NOW.THERE ISN'T FIVE MINUTES THATGOES BY THAT I DON'T GET A TEXT,A CALL, OR AN E-MAIL FROM ASMALL BUSINESS WHO JUST TWOWEEKS AGO WAS HAVING ITS WITHBEST YEAR -- ITS BEST YEAR EVER,TALKING ABOUT HIRING NEW PEOPLE,AND NOW THEY ARE BANKRUPTCY,THEY ARE DONE, THEY AREFINISHED, AND THEY MAY NEVERREOPEN AGAIN.FROM A YOUNG COUPLE I TALKEDABOUT EARLIER TODAY IN A VIDEO IMADE, TWO WEEKS AGO, RECENTLYMARRIED, PLANNING TO START AFAMILY, BOTH HAD GOOD CAREERS,THE NEXT MINUTE, BOTH OUT OF AJOB, NOT SURE IF THE PLACE THEYWORKED IN WILL EVER EXIST AGAIN,NOT KNOWING WHERE TO GO.ONE MINUTE YOU'RE THE FATHER ANDA FAMILY -- IN A FAMILY, AMOTHER IN A FAMILY WHO HAS NEVERHAD A DAY IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOUWERE NOT EMPLOYED BY SOMEONE.AND NEXT YOU'RE BEING TOLD, GOTO A WEBSITE, CALL THIS NUMBER,YOU NEED TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT.THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT.THEY'VE NEVER DONE IT.SO I DO NOT MEAN TO DIMINISH THESACRIFICE THAT'S OUR PEOPLE AREALREADY MAKING.I SIMPLY MEAN TO PUT IT INPERSPECTIVE AND ALSO TO GIVE ALITTLE BIT OF CLARITY AS TO WHATWILL BE REQUIRED OF US TO WHENTHIS WAR -- TO WIN THIS WAR.BECAUSE IN THIS END OUR ENEMY ISNOT A NATION STATE.IT DOESN'T WARE A UNIT -- WEAR AUNIFORM.BUT IT HAS INVADED US IN A WAYWHERE WE HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED TODO OR ANYTHING CLOSE TO IT SINCELATE 1941.SO WHAT ARE THE LESSONS TO BETAKEN BY THAT ERA IN OURHISTORY, BY THE CALL I GOT TODAYTHAT SAID STOP SAYING IT ISUNPRECEDENTED?THE LESSON TO TAKE IS, NUMBERONE, IN MOMENTS LIKE THIS ACTIONMATTERS.IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE AFUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT IN A CANADDRESS PROBLEMS IN THE SPACE INWHICH GOVERNMENT MUST ACT.THAT IS WHAT IS BEING ASKED OFUS HERE TODAY.WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF US IS NOTTO PASS A PERFECT BILL OR PASSLEGISLATION THAT WILL CURE THEVIRUS OR PASS THE LAW THAT WILLHAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE EVERWANTED.WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF US IS CANYOU FUNCTION AS A GOVERNMENT?CAN YOU DO THE MOST BASIC THINGSTHAT A SOCIETY NEEDS FROM ITSELECTED LEADERS AT A MOMENT OFTRUE CRISIS?CAN YOU DO THAT?AND SO FAR FOR THREE DAYS THEANSWER, SADLY, HAS BEEN NO.I HOPE THE ANSWER AT THE END OFTHIS DAY WILL BE DIFFERENT.BUT THE SECOND THING IT TEACHESUS IS, YOU CANNOT CONFRONT ACHALLENGE SUCH AS THIS WITH JUSTGOVERNMENT.THAT WAR WAS NOT JUST WONBECAUSE OF POLITICAL LEADERS OROUR ARMED FORCES, IT WAS A WHOLEOF SOCIETY EFFORT.EVERY DAY AMERICANS -- EVERY DAYAMERICANS WERE ASKED TO DOTHINGS THEY HAD NEVER DONEBEFORE IN PLACES THEY HAD NEVERBEEN NOT JUST TO MAKE SACRIFICESOF WHAT THEY COULD DO BUTSACRIFICES THEY COULD DOAFFIRMATIVELY.THAT IS BEING ASKED OF US NOW.PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT AS WESPEAK.THE EXAMPLES ARE TOO LONG TOMENTION, BUT ALL OVER THISCOUNTRY THERE ARE PEOPLE THATARE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS,STEPPING UP, DOING MORE THANTHEY'VE EVER DONE BECAUSE THEYHAVE TO.THEY KNOW THEY MUST.I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IF OURGOVERNMENT LEADERS DO THEIR JOBAND ARE WILLING TO DO THEIR PARTAND PROVIDE PEOPLE TRANSPARENT,CLEAR, TRUTHFUL GUIDELINES ABOUTWHAT WE FACE AND WHAT LIES AHEADAND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM,THEY MAY NOT BE HAPPY AND PEOPLEMAY NOT BE EXCITED ABOUT IT, BUTTHEY WILL DO IT.I KNOW THEY WILL DO IT.THEY ARE ALREADY DOING IT.THE THIRD LESSON IS THE AWESOMEPOWER OF OUR COUNTRY WHEN ADIVERSE POPULATION OF GOGETERS, -- GO GETTERS, THE MOSTCREATIVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVERWALKED THE EARTH PUT ASIDE THEIRDIFFERENCES TO CONFRONT A THREATTHEY FACE IN COMMON.AND, AGAIN, THAT IS NOTPOSSIBLE.YOU CAN'T ASK OF THAT OF ASOCIETY.YOU CAN'T ASK PEOPLE TO PUTASIDE THEIR DIFFERENCES, PUTASIDE THE TRIVIAL, PUT ASIDE THETHINGS THEY DON'T AGREE ON ANDFOCUS ON THE ONE THING THATTHREATENS US ALL, YOU CAN'T ASKTHEM TO DO THAT IF YOU CAN'T DOIT YOURSELF.IT APPEARS, AT LEAST AS OF THISMOMENT, THAT IT MAY CHANGE.WHAT IS OUR JOB IN THIS?LET ME SAY, WE ARE ASKING.WHEN I SEE WE, THOSE INGOVERNMENT AT EVERY LEVEL, AREASKING OUR PEOPLE TO DO SOMEVERY DIFFICULT THINGS.WE'RE ASKING HIGH SCHOOLSENIORS, INCLUDING ONE WHO LIVESIN MY HOME TO BE THE FIRST IN IDON'T KNOW HOW MANY GENERATIONSTHAT WON'T HAVE A PROM, WON'THAVE A SENIOR TRIP, WON'T HAVE AGRADUATION.NOW I KNOW ALL THOSE THINGS MAYSEEM TRIVIAL IN COMPARISON TOWORLD WAR II, BUT TO A17-YEAR-OLD THESE ARE A RITE OFPASSAGE AND MANY HIGH SCHOOLSENIORS IN THIS COUNTRY WILL NOTGET THAT THIS YEAR.WE'RE GOING TO ASK SMALLBUSINESSES AND ASKED THEMALREADY, YOU NEED TO CLOSE YOURDOORS.YOU CAN'T OPEN, YOU CAN'T WORK,YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY, YOU CAN'TALLOW CUSTOMERS TO COME IN.WE'VE ASKED PEOPLE NOT TO GO TOWORK.IN FACT, WE TOLD THEM NOT TOLEAVE THEIR HOMES.OVER HALF OF THIS COUNTRY IS ONAN ORDER, DON'T LEAVE YOUR HOUSEUNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO THEPHARMACY OR GROCERY STORE.WE'RE ASKING NURSES AND DOCTORSTHAT CAN KILL THEM AND THEIRFAMILIES JUST LIKE EVERYBODYELSE TO DO SO ON DOUBLE SHIFTS,OFTENTIMES WITHOUT THE GEAR ANDEQUIPMENT TO PROTECT THEM.WE'RE ASKING TRUCK DRIVERS TODRIVE ALL NIGHT, ALSO VULNERABLETO THE VIRUS, ALSO WORRIED ABOUTALL THE THINGS ALL OF US AREWORRIED ABOUT, DRIVE ALL NIGHTBECAUSE TOMORROW THOSE SHELVESNEED TO BE STOCKED WITH ALL THETHINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE BUYINGBECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID IT'SGOING TO RUN OUT.AND HOW CAN WE ASK THAT OF OURSOCIETY?IF FOR THREE AND A HALF DAYS WECAN'T EVEN VOTE ON A LAW.WE CAN'T EVEN WALK TO THE FRONTOF THIS PLACE AND LIFT YOUR --OUR FINGER UP OR UP OR DOWN ANDSAY YES OR NO.WE CAN'T EVEN DO THAT.SPENDING OUR TAXPAYER MONEY IN AMOMENT OF CRITICAL CRISIS.I DON'T MEAN TO BE NEGATIVEBECAUSE FRANKLY I HOPE TODAY ISTHE DAY WE GET TOLL SOLVE, BUTTHERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVETO MAKE THEIR WAY IN HERE IN THEHOUSE, OUTSIDE COMMENTATORS,PEOPLE STILL E-MAILING ANDTEXTING, CAN WE CHANGE THIS, CANWE CHANGE THAT?I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN ASKPEOPLE TO DO ALL THESE THINGS WENEED TO ASK THEM TO DO AND INRETURN TELL THEM, BY THE WAY,WE'RE GOING TO TAKE OUR SWEETTIME TO DO OUR PART AND OURPART'S THE EASIEST ONE.AND YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE,EXTRAPOLATE WHAT WE'RE FACINGNOW AND TAKE IT BACK TO 1941.IMAGINE IF BACK THEN PEOPLEWOULD HAVE BEEN SAYING, BOY, INIS A GREAT CHANCE.THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TOGET BACK AT F.D.R.THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY NOWHE'S IN A WAR, LET'S ROLL BACKTHE NEW DEAL, LET'S REALLY STICKIT TO HIM FOR WHAT HE REALLY DIDSIX YEARS AGO FOR THAT COURTTHING.OR THE REVERSE, THIS IS A GOODOPPORTUNITY TO USE THE WARPOWERS TO STEAMROLL MY POLITICALOPPONENTS AND PUT THEM IN PLACE.OR IMAGINE HIM SAYING, WE NEEDTO BUILD A LOT 0 OF SHIPS -- ALOT OF SHIPS BUT I'M NOT GOINGTO VOTE TO BILL THEM UNLESS THEYARE IN MY STATE.I DON'T WANT TO GO ANY DEEPERINTO THAT BECAUSE I DON'T MEANTO SAY SOME OF THE ISSUES THATPEOPLE RAISED AROUND HERE ARENOT LEGITIMATE ISSUES, THEY ARE.BUT SOMETIMES THE LEGITIMACY OFTHE ISSUE, THE IMPORTANCE OF THEISSUE HAS TO BE WEIGHED ON ASCALE AGAINST THE GRAVITY OF THEMOMENT.I WOULD SAY TO YOU IF WE WEREDEALING WITH PERMANENT POLICY INA NORMAL COURSE OF BUSINESS OREVEN IN A MOMENT OF A CYCLICALECONOMIC DOWNTURN, WE'D HAVESOME WEEKS TO MAKE SOME OF THESEDECISIONS.WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN TOO LONG.PEOPLE GOT LAID OFF TODAY.PEOPLE WILL BE LAID OFF TONIGHTAND TOMORROW AND THE DAY AFTERAND FOR DAYS TO COME EVEN IF WEPASS THIS BILL.IMAGINE IF WE DON'T.WHAT WE ARE FACING IS THETOUGHEST THING THIS GENERATIONHAS BEFORE FACED.THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.AND PERHAPS WITH THE EXCEPTIONOF THE GENTLEMAN AND PEOPLE LIKE-- THE GENTLEMAN THAT CALLED METHIS MORNING, WOULD BE THETOUGHEST THING WE EVER FACE INOUR LIVES.WORLD WAR II WAS WORSE.THIS VIRUS IS TERRIBLE.BUT IT WILL NOT LAST AS LONG ORKILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS THAT WARDID, BUT IT WILL KILL FAR TOOMANY PEOPLE AND LAST FAR TOOLONG.BUT IT WILL LAST LONGER AND KILLMORE IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTIONNOW.AND THAT REQUIRES EVERYONE TOFINALLY WAKE UP AND REALIZE THISIS NOT -- THIS VIRUS DOESN'TCARE WHO YOU VOTED FOR IN THELAST ELECTION.IT DOESN'T CARE WHAT YOU WRITEON TWITTER OR SNARKY REMARKS YOUCOME UP WITH IN YOUR COMMENTATORMOMENT ON CABLE NEWS.IT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ANY OFTHAT STUFF.IT DOESN'T CARE WHO YOU PLAN TOVOTE FOR IN THE NEXT ELECTION.IT WILL INFECT YOU.IT WILL KILL YOU.IT WILL KILL PEOPLE YOU LOVE.IT WILL KILL MEMBERS OF YOURFAMILY.IT WILL DISRUPT YOUR COMMUNITYAND YOUR ECONOMY.IT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ANY OFTHIS OTHER STUFF.AND IT REALLY IS IMPORTANT FORUS TO REALIZE NOT JUST FOR THISBILL BUT MOVING FORWARD THATTHERE'S NO SUCH THING AS ANOUTCOME HERE THAT'S GOOD FORHALF OF US AND BAD FOR THE OTHERHALF.THERE IS NO POSSIBLE POLITICALVICTORY HERE, NONE.THERE IS NO OUTCOME HERE INWHICH HALF OF US ARE GOING TO BEABLE TO GO BACK AND SAY BOY, WEREALLY LOOKED GOOD AND MADETHOSE GUYS LOOK BAD AND PEOPLEARE GOING TO REWARD US FOR IT.THEY'RE NOT.I PROMISE YOU THAT WHEN SOMEONEHAS LOST THEIR JOB AND DOESN'TKNOW WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO GOAND ARE STUCK IN THEIR HOME ANDTHEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN TURNEDUPSIDE DOWN AND A MECHANIC OFTHEIR FAMILY IS IN INTENSIVECARE AND THEY WIND UP IN AHOSPITAL THAT'S OVERWHELMED ANDCAN'T CARE FOR THEM, THE LASTTHING ON THEIR MIND IS GOING TOBE PARTISAN POLITICS ORPREEXISTING DIFFERENCES.IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT, WE'REABOUT TO FIND THAT OUT, UNFRM.THERE IS NO OUTCOME HERE INWHICH HALF OF US IS HAPPY ANDTHE OTHER HALF ARE UPSET.IT'S A CLICHE.WE USE IT ALL THE TIME.I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTEREXAMPLE THAN THIS ONE.WE ARE TRULY ALL IN THISTOGETHER.THE CARNAGE, THE DAMAGE THATTHIS WILL DO TO OUR COUNTRY ISEXTRAORDINARY.IT WILL KNOW NO GEOGRAPHICBOUNDS, NO POLITICALAFFILIATION, NO DEMOGRAPHICDIFFERENCES.THIS IS A VIRUS THAT CAN INFECTTHE HEIR TO THE CROWN IN BRITAINJUST AS EASILY AS A 92-YEAR-OLDRETIREE IN A FLORIDA NURSINGHOME.AND SO I HOPE THAT THE GRAVITYOF THE MOMENT FINALLY SINKS INAND THAT WE TAKE THE NECESSARYACTIONS QUICKLY AND THAT IFTHERE'S SOMETHING IN THIS BILLTHAT YOU JUST REALLY DON'T LIKE,I DON'T MEAN TO DIMINISH IT.IF WE CAN FIX IT, WE SHOULD.BUT AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TOTELL YOU THAT THERE'S NOTHINGWRONG IN THIS BILL, THERE'SNOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT WILLDAMAGE OUR COUNTRY MORE THAN OURINABILITY TO ACT.NO MATTER HOW BAD SOME PROVISIONIN THIS BILL YOU THINK MAY BE,AND I SAY THIS TO BOTH SIDES,THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILLTHAT WILL DAMAGE US MORE THANDOING NOTHING WILL.BY FAR.THE MOST DAMAGING THING THAT CANHAPPEN IS NOT ANY PROVISION OFTHIS LEGISLATION.IT IS OUR INABILITY TO ACT ANDTO SEND A MESSAGE TO THEAMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEIRLEADERS CAN'T FUNCTION, THATTHEIR GOVERNMENT DOESN'T WORK,NOT JUST ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASISBUT IN A MOMENT OF CRISIS.AND SO I HOPE THAT THAT --WHATEVER DIFFERENCES THAT MAYSTILL EXIST AT THIS MOMENT ANDI'M TRYING TO BE FAIR BECAUSE IKNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FINALLYSEEING THE FULL TEXT OF IT INJUST THE LAST FEW HOURS, AND IFYOU'VE CAUGHT SOMETHING THAT CANBE FIXED, IT SHOULD BE FIXED.BUT I PLEAD.I DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER WORD TOUSE.THAT WE DON'T LEAVE HERE TONIGHTWITHOUT HAVING PASSED THIS BILL.BECAUSE I HONESTLY DON'T KNOWHOW THIS NATION AND OUR PEOPLECAN AFFORD ONE MORE DAY OF THIS.MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOORAND SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF AQUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: QUORUMCALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM NEW MEXICO.MR. UDALL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH,MADAM PRESIDENT.ARE WE IN A QUORUM CALL?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WE ARE INA WORKER. -- QUORUM CALL.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WE ARE.MR. UDALL: I WISH TO VITIATE THEQUORUM CALL.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. UDALL: TODAY WE FACE APANDEMIC THE LIKES OF WHICH WEHAVE NOT SEEN IN OVER 100 YEARSAND TODAY THE SENATE MUST ACT TOPASS THE LARGEST RELIEF PACKAGEFOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN OURHISTORY.FIRST I'D LIKE TO EXTEND MYTHOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO EVERYONEWHO IS PERSONALLY AFFECTED BYTHIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.I THANK THE HEALTH CARE WORKERSWHO ARE WORKING LONG HOURS ANDRISKING THEIR OWN HEALTH TO SAVELIVES.THEY ARE PERFORMING A NATIONALSERVICE.THE NUMBERS OF INFECTEDINDIVIDUALS AND THE RAPIDLYRISING DEATH TOLL WITHSTAGGERING.IF WE DO NOT FOLLOW PUBLICHEALTH EXPERTS ADVICE, THETOTALS COULD BE TRULYHORRIFYING.IN NEW MEXICO WE HAVE OVER 100DIAGNOSED CASES AND TODAY THEFIRST DEATH IN OUR STATE WASREPORTED, A SENIOR CITIZENS FROMEDY COUNTY IN THE SOUTHEASTERNPART OF OUR STATE PASSED AWAY.ALL AMERICANS ARE FACING NEWCHALLENGES, A THREAT TO OURHEALTH, A THREAT TO OUR ECONOMY.MY TOP PRIORITY IS EASING THISHARDSHIP AND MAKING SURE NEWMEXICANS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TOSTAY HEALTHY AND TO STAYECONOMICALLY AFLOAT.WITH THAT IN MIND, I'M RISING ITTODAY TO TELL NEW MEXICANSRELIEF IS ON THE WAY.WE RELIEF TO AMERICAN WORKERSWHO HAVE BEEN PUT OF WORK AND TOSMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE MAKINGIMPOSSIBLE DECISIONS BECAUSE OFTHE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.RELIEF TO OUR HOSPITALS ANDFRONT-LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERSFACING AN OVERWHELMED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE COMING WEEKSAND MONTHS AND RELIEF TO LOCALSTATES AND GOVERNMENTS THAT AREDOING THEIR BEST TO TAKE CARE OFTHEIR RESIDENTS AND MAINTAINESSENTIAL SERVICES.STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AREDESPERATELY IN NEED OFASSISTANCE ONLY THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE.AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO WHOMWE OWE TRUST AND TREATYOBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, AND COMMUNITYASSISTANCE, PARTICULARLY INTIMES OF NEED.AFTER DAYS OF FURIOUSNEGOTIATIONS, I'M PLEASED ANDRELIEVED THAT DEMOCRATS ANDREPUBLICANS WERE ABLE TO REACHAGREEMENT ON WHAT WILL BE THELARGEST FEDERAL RELIEF EFFORT INOUR HISTORY.THE TIMES DEMAND A RESPONSE OFTHIS MAGNITUDE.THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS WHICHMAKE NO MISTAKE ARE NECESSARY TOSTOP THE VIRUS, THREATEN THELIVELIHOOD OF MILLIONS OFWORKING FAMILIES THAT LIVEPAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.MILLIONS OF SMALL BUSINESSES AREIN DIRE NEED OF HELP.THEY POWER OUR ECONOMY BUTSIMPLY CAN'T SURVIVE DURING THEKIND OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WE NOWFACE.THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS THEPOWER TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLECAN TAKE THE PUBLIC HEALTHMEASURES THAT ARE NECESSARYWHILE ALSO STAYING AFLOATFINANCIALLY.WE ARE HERE IN THE SENATE -- WEHERE IN THE SENATE NEED TO MAKEABSOLUTELY SURE THAT EVERYONE,NOT JUST THOSE AT THE TOP --THAT EVERYONE IS TAKEN CARE OFAND CAN WEATHER THIS CRISIS.I'M STRONGLY SUPPORTIVE OF THESMALL BUSINESS RELIEF IN THISBILL, WHICH INCLUDES LOANS OF UPTO $10 MILLION THAT CAN BEFORGIVEN AND TURNED INTO GRANTSIF EMPLOYEES ARE KEPT ON THEPAYROLL.THIS RELIEF WILL GO THROUGH THESMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONAND BE AVAILABLE TO ANY BUSINESSOR NONPROFIT UNDER 500EMPLOYEES.WITH DEMOCRATS AT THENEGOTIATING TABLE, WE WORKEDTOWARD THAT GOAL, AND AS ARESULT, AMERICAN WORKERS WILLRECEIVE FOUR MONTHS MORE OFUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE INSTEADOF JUST THREE BECAUSE SO MANYAMERICANS ARE NOW OUT OF WORK WENEED AN EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE PLAN.THIS PLAN EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENTTO THE SELF-EMPLOYED FOR THEFIRST TIME, IT INCREASES THEMAXIMUM BENEFIT BY $600 PERWEEK.MANY WORKERS WILL RECEIVE THEIRFULL PAY UNDER THIS EXPANSION.JUST TO GIVE AN IDEA OF THEMAGNITUDE OF THIS PROBLEM IN MYHOME STATE OF NEW MEXICO, DURINGTHE WEEK OF MARCH 9, WE HADFEWER THAN 800 CLAIMS FORUNEMPLOYMENT.THIS LAST WEEK WE HAD 11,000 ANDNOW WE ARE RECEIVING 7,000 EVERYDAY.ALSO, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS STOODFIRM, OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMWILL SEE AN INFUSION OF$55 BILLION INTO THE MARSHALPLAN FOR HEALTH CARE.THE TOTAL PUBLIC HEALTH CAREINVESTMENT IN THIS BILL IS NOW$150 BILLION.WE WILL ESTABLISH A $150 BILLIONRELIEF FUND FOR STATE, LOCAL,AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO HELPCOVER COSTS OF FIGHTING THISVIRUS.NEW MEXICO IS ELIGIBLE FOR UP TO$1.25 BILLION FROM THIS, AND WEWILL BRING ACCOUNTABILITY ANDTRANSPARENCY FOR THE RELIEF OFINDUSTRIES AND LARGECORPORATIONS.THIS RELIEF BILL PUTS INTRANSPARENCY AND INDEPENDENTOVERSIGHT AND ALSO MAKES SURETHAT ELECTED POLITICIANS,INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT, ARE NOTTHE BENEFICIARIES OF THIS FUND.WE FACE A NATIONAL CRISIS OFMONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS, AND I'MHEARTENED THAT REPUBLICANS ANDDEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY JOINTOGETHER OVER -- JOINED TOGETHEROVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS TOFACE THIS CRISIS TO THE AS ANATION -- TOGETHER AS A NATION.THIS IS WHAT WE DO AS AMERICANS.AND I HAVE HOPE THAT AS WECONTINUE TO FACE DOWN THISCRISIS IN THE COMING WEEKSMONTHS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO DOSO IN A UNITED FASHION.AS VICE CHAIR OF THE SENATEINDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I'VEBEEN PARTICULARLY FOCUSED ONMAKING SURE THAT INDIAN COUNTRYIS NOT LEFT OUT, AND ENSURINGTHAT TRIBES WHO ARE ON THE FRONTLINES OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH ANDECONOMIC CRISIS HAVE THERESOURCES THEY NEED AND DESERVE.TOGETHER, WITH MY DEMOCRATICCOLLEAGUES, I FOUGHT FOR ANDSECURED AN $8 BILLION SET ASIDEFOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS AND THEIRENTERPRISES.THIS TRIBAL RELIEF FUND WILLPROVIDE THE 574 FEDERALLYRECOGNIZED INDIAN TRIBES WITHFLEXIBLE RESOURCES, RESOURCESTHEY NEED DURING THE COVID-19RESPONSE.AND I'M GLAD WE FOUND BIPARTISANAGREEMENT ON THIS.WE ALSO SECURED OVER $2 BILLIONIN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR TRIBALNEEDS, AND THIS INCLUDES OVER$1 BILLION FOR THE INDIAN HEALTHSERVICE THAT WILL BE USED FOREVERYTHING FROM EXPANDINGMEDICAL SERVICES TO PURCHASINGEQUIPMENT TO PROMOTING PUBLICHEALTH EDUCATION TO EXPANDINGTELEHEALTH SERVICES ANDINCREASING DISEASE SURVEILLANCE.AND OVER $700 MILLION THAT WILLGO TO THE BUREAU OF INDIANAFFAIRS, THE BUREAU OF INDIANEDUCATION, AND THE H.U.D. OFFICEOF NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS.THESE FUNDS WILL ASSIST TRIBALGOVERNMENTS AS THEY MAKE THEIRWAY THROUGH THIS CRISIS ANDSUPPORT THEIR MEMBERS, SUPPORTTHE I.B.E. SCHOOLS AND TRIBALCOLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SOTHAT STUDENTS CONTINUE WITHTHEIR EDUCATION, AND PROVIDEHOUSING FOR THOSE MOST IN NEEDWHO WERE IMPACTED BY THISTERRIBLE VIRUS.THESE ARE KEY VICTORIES, BUTWE'RE NOT DONE.WE MUST UPHOLD OUR TRUST ANDTREATY RESPONSIBILITIES TO ALLAMERICAN INDIANS AND ALASKANATIVES, AND SO CONGRESS MUST DOMORE TO RESPOND TO THE UNIQUECOVID-19-RELATED PUBLIC HEALTHAND ECONOMIC CRISES IN INDIANCOUNTRY.TRIBES ARE SOME OF THE MOSTVULNERABLE POPULATIONS WITH THELEAST ROBUST HEALTH CARESYSTEMS.WE HAVE A VERY SCARY OUTBREAK ONTHE NAVAJO NATION AND I'M SURETHAT BENEED TO WEIGH IN -- WENEED TO WEIGH IN AND HELP THERE.FOR OUR NEXT RESPONSE PACKAGE,AND BELIEVE ME WE'RE GOING TOHAVE TO MONITOR THIS CLOSELY ANDWE'RE IN ALL LIKELIHOOD GOING TOBE BACK HERE AGAIN.WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT INDIANCOUNTRY HAS EQUAL ACCESS TOFEDERAL CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES.SENATOR HEINRICH AND I FOUGHTHARD FOR NEW MEXICO PRIORITIES.WE ARE WORKING HARD ON ISSUESTHAT HAVE TO DO WITH OURNATIONAL LABS, ONE OF OUR VERY,VERY TOP EMPLOYERS, IN FACT,PROBABLY THE BIGGEST.NEW MEXICO'S CREATIVE ECONOMYCAN'T BE LEFT BEHIND.SITTING AT THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ONTHE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEETHAT FUNDS THE NATIONALENDOWMENT, I PUSHED FOR ANADDITIONAL $75 MILLION FOR BOTHTHE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THEARTS AND NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FORTHE HUMANITIES.THESE FUNDS WILL SUPPORT LOCALARTISTS AND ARTS PROGRAMSTHROUGH THIS TOUGH ECONOMIC TIME, WHEN ARTS AND CULTURALVENUES ARE SHUTTERED AND ARTISTSAND ALL OTHERS ARE OUT OF WORK,THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THESE AREEXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TIMES BUTTOGETHER WE CAN GET THROUGHTHIS.I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONETO FOLLOW THE PUBLIC HEALTHMEASURES RECOMMENDED BY THEEXPERTS.STAYING AT HOME IS THE BESTTHING WE CAN DO TO SLOW THESPREAD OF THIS VIRUS AND ENSUREOUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS ARE NOTOVERRUN.THESE MEASURES ARE A FIRE BREAKTHAT CUTS OFF THE FUEL FOR THISVIRUS AND PREVENTS A CATASTROPHETHAT OVERRUNS OUR HOSPITALS.SOCIAL DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDSFOR 20 SECONDS.WE ALL HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART TOPLAY IN CONTAINING COVID-19 ANDKEEPING OURSELVES AND OURNEIGHBORS AND OUR COMMUNITIESSAFE.THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO IS UNDERA STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.I COMMEND GOVERNOR GRISHAM FORTHE QUICK AND DECISIVE ACTIONTHAT SHE HAS TAKEN AND SHE ISFOCUSING IN LIKE THIS LIKE ALASER BEAM.I KNOW THESE MEASURES AREDIFFICULT AND A HARDSHIP FORMANY, BUT WE WILL ONLY BE ABLETO REVIVE OUR ECONOMY ONCE THISPUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IS ABATED.IF WE JUST LET THE VIRUS RUN ITSCOURSE, WE COULD LOSE OVER AMILLION PEOPLE.SOME ESTIMATES ARE TWO MILLION,ONE TO TWO MILLION.THAT WOULD BE TOTALLYUNACCEPTABLE AND DEVASTATING.AND BECAUSE OF THE FRONTLINEHEALTH CARE WORKERS, THEDOCTORS, THE NURSES, AND THETECHNICIANS AND ALL THOSE WHOSUPPORT THAT WORK, HOSPITALJANITORS, CAFETERIA WORKERS ANDSO MANY OTHERS, THIS PUBLICHEALTH CRISIS WILL SEE AN END.THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ISRISKING THEIR OWN SAFETY TO HELPOTHERS AND THANKS TO ALL THESENATE STAFF THAT IS HERE ON THEFLOOR AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORKHERE.IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AND MONTHSAHEAD, WE MUST CONTINUE TOCLOSELY MONITOR ALL AS PEPGHTSOF THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ONOUR NATION'S HEALTH AND ECONOMYAND CONTINUE TO DECISIVELY ANDAGGRESSIVELY RESPOND TO THENEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.I AM CONFIDENT THAT WORKINGTOGETHER AS ONE NATION AND ONEPEOPLE WE WILL MEET AND BEATTHIS CRISIS AND COME OUT ON THEOTHER END STRONGER.TO CONCLUDE WE MUST PASS THISBILL WITHOUT DELAY.THIS IS A GOOD COMPROMISE AND WEMUST ACT NOW.MADAM PRESIDENT, I NOTE THEABSENCE OF A QUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:MR. LEAHY: MADAM PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM VERMONT.MR. LEAHY: MADAM PRESIDENT, IASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE CALLOF THE QUORUM BE DISPENSED WITH.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. LEAHY: MADAM PRESIDENT,SENATORS HAVE BEEN WORKING VERYHARD TO RESPOND TO THE CRISISTHAT'S FACING OUR WHOLE NATION.EACH ONE OF US HAS CERTAINTHINGS THAT OUR STATES -- IN OURSTATES THAT MIGHT BE UNIQUE, BUTWE ALSO ARE HERE FOR ALL OFAMERICA.AND ALL OF AMERICA IS SUFFERING.I KNOW MY -- MY STAFF, MY STAFFIN VERMONT, MY STAFF DOWN HERE,THE APPROPRIATORS, THEAPPROPRIATIONS STAFF HAVE BEENWORKING EVERY DAY, EVERY NIGHTUNTIL MIDNIGHT OR LATER,WEEKENDS.NOBODY HAS HAD ANY TIME OFF.I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO WORK WITHTHEM EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE SET UP,AS I WOULD HOPE ALL WOULD DO, SOWE COULD TELECONFERENCE AND WECOULD WORK REMOTELY.EARLIER THIS WEEK, WE WERE FACEDWITH THE PROSPECT OF A BILL THATWAS VERY ONE-SIDED.REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVENOT DONE WHAT WE DO BEST,SITTING DOWN AND PUTTING ITTOGETHER.WE WERE GIVEN ALMOST A TAKE ITOR LEAVE IT BILL.AND I APPLAUD SENATOR SCHUMERWHO SAID COME BACK TOGETHER.LET'S NOT PASS THAT BILL WHICHLEAVES OUT SO MUCH OF AMERICA,SO MUCH OF THE PEOPLE THAT WEREPRESENT.LEFT US COME TOGETHER, BOTH ASREPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, ANDFIND A BETTER BILL.NOW, LATE LAST NIGHT --ACTUALLY, CLOSER TO THISMORNING, AN AGREEMENT WASREACHED IN PRINCIPLE ON SUCH ABILL.THE APPROPRIATORS DO ONLY A PARTOF IT.SENATOR SHELBY AND I TRIED TOWORK TOGETHER TO HAVE SOMETHINGWHERE ALL THE APPROPRIATIONSCOMMITTEE OR THE VAST MAJORITYOF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE,REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WOULDAGREE, AND WE DID THAT.THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US.I'M SORRY THAT THERE SEEM TO BESOME -- NOW I THINK THATSENATORS HAVE -- AND SENATORSAGAIN ON BOTH PARTIES HAVEWORKED SO HARD TO PUT TOGETHERSOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON.WE HAVE SOMETHING WE SHOULD BEABLE TO AGREE ON, WE SHOULD BEABLE TO VOTE.I AGREE WITH THE DISCUSSIONSTHAT -- SPEAKING OF JUST OURPARTY.DISCUSSIONS THAT SENATOR SCHUMERHAD THIS MORNING.WE ALL KNOW THAT NONE OF US GOTEVERY SINGLE THING WE WANT.JUST AS I'M SURE MY REPUBLICANFRIENDS HAVE NOT GOT EVERYSINGLE THING THEY WANT.AND IS ANY BILL PERFECT,ESPECIALLY SOMETHING OF THISUNPRECEDENTED MAGNITUDE?OF COURSE NOT.BUT WE ARE AT A POINT WHEREREALITY HAS TO OVERCOMERHETORIC.WE HAVE TO STAND UP AND BE THECONSCIENCE OF THE NATION, AS WEHAVE BEEN IN THE PAST, AND CANBE TODAY.IT IS TIME FOR SENATORS TO COMETOGETHER AND VOTE.I KNOW ON OUR SIDE, SENATORSCHUMER, THAT UNDER HISLEADERSHIP AND THE OTHERS AREREADY TO DO THAT.I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE INOUR CAUCUS, WE GO ACROSS THEPOLITICAL SPECTRUM.WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE ALLWANT.I'M THE DEAN OF THE SENATE.I'VE BEEN HERE THE LONGEST.I'M NOT GOING TO GET EVERYTHINGI WANT AND NEITHER IS THEPRESIDING OFFICER NOR IS ANYONE.BUT AMERICA IS GOING TO GET ALOT MORE THAN IT HAS NOW.LET'S DO THIS FOR AMERICA.LET'S PASS THIS BILL.LET'S BRING IT UP.LET'S VOTE ON IT.LET'S STOP SAYING, OH, BUT, YES,YOU HAVE 98%, 99% OF WHAT IWANT, BUT I'VE GOT THIS OTHERLITTLE PIECE.NO, AS AMERICANS WE SHOULD SAYIT'S REALITY TIME, NOT RHETORICTIME.REALITY TRUMPS RHETORIC ANY DAY.LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE.I COMMEND THOSE SENATORS, THEREPUBLICAN PARTY AND THOSESENATORS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTYWHO HAVE WORKED SO CLOSELY WITHEACH OTHER.I KNOW WE HAVE INAPPROPRIATIONS, BUT IN SO MANYOTHER PARTS WE HAVE.AND IT'S TIME TO SAY, OKAY,LET'S VOTE.WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I WILLSUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE CLERKWILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM IOWA.MR. GRASSLEY: I ASK THAT THEQUORUM CALL BE SUSPENDED.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. GRASSLEY: I KNOW WE HAVE AVERY IMPORTANT PIECE OFLEGISLATION BEFORE US TO TURNTHIS ECONOMY AROUND AND HELP OUTIN OUR BATTLE AGAINST THE VIRUS.WHILE WE'RE WAITING TO VOTE ONTHAT, I COME TO THE FLOOR FOR ACOUPLE POINTS THAT I WOULD LIKETO MAKE.THE FIRST ONE IS TO HONOR AFAMOUS IOWAN.THIS MONTH IS CALLED IOWAHISTORY MONTH, SO I COME TO THEFLOOR TO SPEAK ABOUT ONE OFIOWA'S FAVORITE SONS, DR. NORMANBORLOG, WHOSE BIRTHDAY IS TODAY.HE'S CONSIDERED THE FARMER OFTHE GREEN REVOLUTION.RAISED ON A FARM NEAR CRESCO,IOWA, HE IS CREDITED WITH SAVINGMORE LIVES THAN ANYONE INHISTORY WITH HIS BREAKTHROUGHSIN AGRONOMY.IT TOOK HIM SEVERAL YEARS TOACCOMPLISH WHAT A LOT OFSCIENTISTS DO NOW IN ALABORATORY IN REGARD TO FIGHTINGDISEASES IN PLANTS, AND HE DIDTHIS IN MEXICO AND INDIA.HIS WORK HELPED TO OVERCOMEMALNUTRITION AND FAMINE ACROSSTHE WORLD, SAVING OVER ONEBILLION LIVES IN THE PROCESS.HIS ACHIEVEMENTS WON HIM THENOBEL PEACE PRIZE.BUT NOT ONLY THAT FAMOUS PRIZEBUT ALSO THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDALOF FREEDOM AND THE CONGRESSIONALGOLD MEDAL.I THINK THAT THERE'S ONLY FIVEOR SIX PEOPLE THAT FALL INTO THECATEGORY OF WINNING ALL THREE OFTHOSE PRIZES.HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ALSO PROMPTEDTHE STATE OF IOWA TO HONOR HIMWITH ONE OF IOWA'S TWO STATUESIN THE -- IN THE STATUARY HALLYEAR IN THE U.S. CAPITOL.ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, SOME PUNDITSAND EVEN MEMBERS OF THIS BODYHAVE SUGGESTED THAT IT'SINAPPROPRIATE TO CRITICIZE THECHINESE COMMUNITY PARTY FOR ITSMISHANDLING OF THE CORONAVIRUSTHAT ORIGINATED IN WUHAN, CHINA,BECAUSE IT DISTRACTS FROMBASHING THE PRESIDENT.WE WENT FROM MAINSTREAM MEDIAOUTLETS ROUTINELY REFERRING TOTHE VIRUS BY ITS ORIGIN TO THISBEING TOTALLY POLITICALLYINCORRECT.THERE'S AN EXCELLENT TIMETABLEPUBLISHED BY AXIOS THAT LAYS OUTTHE CHINESE COVER-UP THATPREVENTED EARLY ACTION TOCONTAIN THE VIRUS.THE CHINESE PRO-DEMOCRACYACTIVIST, MR. WEI YOU WARNEDTHAT GENERAL SECRETARY XI ISORDERING PEOPLE BACK TO WORKPREMATURELY, RISKING ANOTHERMASSIVE OUTBREAK OF WHAT HECALLS WUHAN PNEUMONIA.TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THECHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY'SMISDEEDS DOES NOT PRECLUDETALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN IMPROVEOUR OWN RESPONSE.WE CAN LEARN FROM FREE COUNTRIESLIKE SOUTH KOREA, WHICH HAS BEENABLE TO CONTAIN A WIDESPREADOUTBREAK, AND TAIWAN AND JAPAN,WHO APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TOPREVENT WIDESPREAD OUTBREAKS.SO THIS IS NOT THE TIME FORPOLITICAL CORRECTNESS ORPOLITICAL POINT-SCORING TO GETIN THE WAY OF TELLING THE TRUTHOR WORKING TOGETHER IN ACLEAR-EYED WAY TO ADDRESS THECHALLENGES AT HAND.I YIELD THE FLOOR AND SUGGESTTHE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:QUORUM CALL:A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM DELL WARE.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT, ARE WEIN A QUORUM CALL?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WE ARE.A SENATOR: I ASK THE PROCEEDINGSUNDER THE QUORUM CALL BEVITIATED.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. COONS: MR. PRESIDENT, I CAMETO THIS BUILDING, THIS CAPITOLABOUT 12 HOURS AGO TODAY ANDRECORDED FIRST THING THISMORNING A VIDEO TO SHARE ONSOCIAL MEDIA WITH FOLKS BACK ATHOME WHO ARE BEEN EAGERLY ASKINGWHAT'S UP, WHAT'S HAPPENING,WHAT'S NEXT.AND MY MESSAGE WAS SIMPLE.AFTER DAYS OF DISAGREEMENT ANDOF TUESDAYLING, OF FIGHTING --OF TUSSLING, OF FIGHTING, OFCRAFTING, WE HAVE A DEAL AND IAM READY TO VOTE.LET'S MOVE FORWARD.12 HOURS LATER I STAND IN ALARGELY EMPTY CHAMBER WITH ANODD SENSE OF FOREBODING AS IHAVE ALL DAY, AS HAVE MANY OF MYCOLLEAGUES WONDERING WHAT ISTAKING SO LONG, WHAT IS THEDELAY, WHAT ARE THE REMAININGISSUES.AND I AM HOPEFUL, PRAYERFULLY,THAT WE WILL RESOLVE WHAT ISLEFT, MOVE TO THIS CHAMBER, TAKEUP THE TEXT, VOTE IT OUT, SENDIT TO THE HOUSE, SEND IT TO THEPRESIDENT, AND SEND $2 TRILLIONIN SUPPORT TO OUR NATION.BUT LET ME TELL YOU AS I HAVEWAITED TODAY AND YESTERDAY, ASI'VE TAKEN PHONE CALLS FROMFOLKS FROM DELAWARE, FORWHATEVER REASON THEY ALL SAYWHEN WILL THE SENATE ACT.AND WE FACED A CHALLENGE OVEROUR LAST COUPLE OF DAYS BETWEENMOVING SWIFTLY AND MOVINGWISELY, TO PUT TOGETHER APACKAGE OF THIS SIZE WITH NOHEARINGS, WITH NO COMMITTEEPROCEEDINGS, WITH NO DETAILEDLEGISLATIVE PROCESS MEANS IT IS-- MEANS THERE ARE ROUGH EDGES,MEANS THERE WILL BE MISTAKES INTHIS BILL.IS IT PERFECT?NO.IN FACT, IN SOME PIECES WE WILLDISCOVER AS IT UNFOLDS, FAR FROMIT.BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, JUST ASIN THIS CHAMBER, THERE IS THATSENSE OF ANXIOUSNESS, OFANXIETY, OF WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN.JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE VASTMAJORITY OF OUR COUNTRY WASREADING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS, ABOUTCOVID-19, AS SOMETHING HAPPENINGIN DISTANT COUNTRIES ON FARSHORES.THEY READ ABOUT SORT OF CONCERNSABOUT ITS ALARMING AND RAPIDGROWTH IN ASIA AND THEN EUROPE.THINGS STARTED CHANGING AS THESTORIES GOT MORE DIRE AND MOREGRAVE.AS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS BEGANTO PREDICT A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATIONANNOUNCED IT A GLOBAL PANDEMIC,AS SCIENTIFIC LEADERS BEGAN TOSAY THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULDINEVITABLY BE TOUCHED BY IT, ASOUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE PACIFICNORTHWEST TOLD US ABOUT HOWTHEIR COMMUNITIES WERE BEINGAFFECTED, HAS EXTENDED CONTACTSAND FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES ONSOCIAL MEDIA AND THE PRESSSHARED HOW THEY OR MEMBERS OFTHEIR COMMUNITY HAD BECOMEINFECTED.AND AS IT BEGAN TO MOVE ACROSSOUR COUNTRY, BEGAN TO IMPACT AREMARKABLE RANGE OF INSTITUTIONSFROM BASEBALL TO BROADWAY.THE CLOTURE MOTION OF ALL SORTSOF TREASURED AMERICANINSTITUTIONS, EVERY MAJOR SPORTSLEAGUE, EVERY MAJOR PUBLICGATHERING, AND AS NOW STATEAFTER STATE HAS ISSUED EDICTS,AS CITY AND COUNTY ALIKE ALLOVER OUR COUNTY HAS -- ALL OVEROUR COUNTRY HAVE ASKED PEOPLE TOCLOSE THEIR RESTAURANTS ANDTHEIR BARS, THEIR SMALLBUSINESSES, AS HOTELS HAVE NOOCCUPANTS, AS AIRPLANES FLY WITHNO PASSENGERS, IT'S BECOMEHAUNTING, EERIE, THE SENSE OF ANIMMINENT DISASTER.JUST BEFORE COMING OVER HERE, IREAD AN ARTICLE IN "THE NEWYORK TIMES" ABOUT HOW IN MYREGION IN THE MID-ATLANTIC, ITHAS HIT.IN THE BOROUGH OF QUEENS, IN THECITY OF NEW YORK, IN A PUBLICHOSPITAL KNOWN AS ELMHURSTYESTERDAY, 13 PATIENTS DIED.AND IN A RIVETING ACCOUNT, THENURSES AND THE DOCTORS DESCRIBEDA CATASTROPHIC SITUATION.PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS,STRAINED HEALTH AIDES STRETCHEDTO THEIR LIMITS, TESTED AS THEYHADN'T BEEN BEFORE, STRUGGLINGTO GET PERSONAL PROTECTIVEEQUIPMENT, TO HAVE ENOUGHVENTILATORS, TO HAVE ENOUGHI.C.U. UNITS.AND I WILL TELL YOU, AS OVER THELAST COUPLE OF DAYS, I HAVETALKED WITH THE HEADS OF EACH OFOUR MAJOR HOSPITALS, FOLKS WHORUN SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES,NONPROFIT COMMUNITY HEALTHCENTERS.AS I HAVE HEARD FROM NURSES ANDDOCTORS, I KNOW THE LEVEL OFALARM AND CONCERN HAS STEADILYRISEN IN RECENT DAYS.SO, FOLKS, TONIGHT AS I STANDHERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE,I AM MINDFUL THAT OUR NATION ISSUFFERING.THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL OVERTHE WORLD BUT PARTICULARLY HEREIN THE UNITED STATES, IN THESTATES THAT WE REPRESENT WHO AREANXIOUS, WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED, WHOARE UNCERTAIN.IN SOME CASES NOW TOO MANY WHOARE INFECTED, WHO AREHOSPITALIZED.IT HAS COME HOME TO THIS CHAMBERAS ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES HASTESTED PRACTICE AND ONE OF OURDEAR COLLEAGUES' HUSBAND,SPOUSE, IS HOSPITALIZED.WE KNOW MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ANDTHE SENATE AND THE STAFF AND OURIMMEDIATE COMMUNITY HAVE BEENTOUCHED BY THIS DREAD DISEASE.WE ARE NOW AT A CRITICAL MOMENTIN OUR MODERN HISTORY,SIMULTANEOUSLY A PUBLIC HEALTHCRISIS AND AN ECONOMIC CRISIS.I'VE HEARD TOO MANY PEOPLE SAYIT'S UNPRECEDENTED.IT'S NOT UNPRECEDENTED.THE UNITED STATES AND OUR NATIONHAVE MADE IT THROUGH TOUGHERTIMES THAN THIS.TO SAY THAT THE GREAT DEPRESSIONIN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THECIVIL WAR, AND THE REVOLUTION,THE HARD WORK OF LABORORGANIZING AND THE DESPERATEWORK OF THROWING OFF THESHACKLES OF SEGREGATION AND OFJIM CROW, TO SAY THAT THOSEWEREN'T TOUGH AND DIFFICULTSTRUGGLES MISSES THESIGNIFICANCE OF OUR HISTORY ANDTHE THINGS WE HAVE OVERCOME.BUT FOR MOST OF US, FOR MOST OFOUR FAMILIES, FOR MOST OF OURCOMMUNITIES, THIS WAVE, THISPANDEMIC, THIS VIRUS AND THECOMBINED HEALTH AND ECONOMICDISASTER THAT IS UPON US MAY BETHE GREATEST TEST WE HAVE FACED.SO HOW HAVE WE ANSWERED?THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES ALREADYCLOSED.MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALREADYUNEMPLOYED.AND A NATION FEARFUL OF APANDEMIC SWAMPING THE RESOURCESOF OUR HOSPITALS AND OUR HEALTHSYSTEM.LET ME JUST SPEAK BRIEFLY INBROAD STROKES TO WHAT IS IN THISBILL, WHICH WE HAVE FINALLYULTIMATELY HAMMERED OUT AFTERDAYS OF DISAGREEMENT.AND IN ADVANCE OF OUR GETTINGTHE FINAL OFFICIAL TEXT.IN THE BROADEST STROKES, THEHELP THAT WILL BE DELIVERED TOTHE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THIS BILLSTARTS WITH INDIVIDUAL,SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HASCHAMPIONED, THE DEMOCRATS HAVESUPPORTED.WE HAVE HAD DIFFERENTINVESTIGATORS OF IT, BUT WE HAVEROUGHLY AGREED.ON $1,200 TO EVERY ADULT CITIZENMAKING BELOW $75,000, AND ITPHASES OUT TO THOSE MAKING BELOW$100,000, WITH $500 PER CHILD,YOUR AVERAGE FAMILY MIGHT WELLSEE $3,000 TO $4,000.THESE CHECKS WILL COME OUT INWEEKS, DELIVERED DIRECTLY FORTHOSE WITH DIRECT DEPOSITTHROUGH THE I.R.S. OR BY CHECKTO THOSE HARDER TO FIND WHOHAVEN'T FILED RECENTLY BUT AREELIGIBLE.THIS IS A REMARKABLE DIRECTSUPPORT TO HELP MILLIONS OFAMERICANS HAVE CASH IN THEIRFAMILY CHECKBOOK TO GET THROUGHTHE UNEXPECTED HARDSHIP OF THESENEXT FEW MONTHS.THERE'S MORE THAN $100 BILLIONIN THIS BILL TO SUPPORT OURHEALTH WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINEAND THE HOSPITALS THAT MAKE OURPUBLIC HEALTH POSSIBLE.POSSIBLE.YOU HEARD THAT STORY ABOUTELMHURST HOSPITAL.IN MY OWN HOME STATE, THERE AREHOSPITALS LARGE AND SMALL THATWITHOUT THIS SUPPORT WILLSTRUGGLE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THISPERIOD.THE HEROES OF THIS PERIOD ARETHE FOLKS WHO ARE WORKING, THEFOLKS WHO ARE CLEANING OFFICES,TRAINS, HOSPITAL ROOMS, OFTENWITHOUT ENOUGH PROTECTIVEEQUIPMENT, OFTEN WITHOUT HEALTHCARE THEMSELVES, OFTEN WITHOUTADEQUATE PAY.THE FOLKS WHO LABOR AT NIGHTHERE IN THIS CAPITOL IN OUROFFICES TO MAKE SURE THEY ARECLEAN AND SAFE FROM THIS VIRUSWE CAN'T SEE.THE FOLKS WHO WORK IN PUBLICHOSPITALS, WORK LONG HOURS.THEY ARE ORDERLIES, THEY ARENURSES.THEY ARE THE PARAMEDICS ANDAMBULANCE DRIVERS WHO DELIVERTHE SICK, AND THEY ARE THESURGEONS AND THE DOCTORS WHODIRECT THEIR CARE.AND ONE OF THE THINGS I AMPROUDEST OF THAT IS IN THIS NOWTHAT WAS NOT IN THIS SEVERALDAYS AGO IS $150 BILLION TOSTATES AND COUNTIES AND CITIES.THE TEN YEARS I SPENT IN COUNTYGOVERNMENT, I CAME TO DEEPLYRESPECT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOHELP KEEP OUR COUNTY GOVERNMENTAFLOAT AND OUR COMMUNITYSTRONGER, SAFER, AND HEALTHY.THIS SUPPORT, THIS DIRECTSUPPORT TO THE STATES AND THECOUNTIES ON THE FRONT LINES OFTHIS EPIDEMIC WILL HELP THEM GETTHROUGH IT.THERE'S A $500 BILLION FUND, THESUBJECT OF MUCH DISCUSSION ANDDEBATE, THAT AS INITIALLYWRITTEN AND PROPOSED WOULD HELPSUSTAIN SOME OF OUR ICONICINDUSTRIES LIKE THE AIRLINES,BUT WITH ALMOST NO TRANSPARENCY,IN TERMS OF THE TERMS OF THELOANS OR THE GRANTS THAT WOULDBE GIVEN AND ALMOST NORESTRICTIONS ON HOW THECOMPANIES TO RECEIVE THEM MIGHTUSE THEM FOR WHAT PURPOSES.BROADLY SPEAKING, AFTER DAYS OFFIGHTING, WE HAVE COME TOAGREEMENTS THAT I SUPPORT ANDEMBRACE -- RESTRICTIONS ONBUYBACKS AND DIVIDENDS ANDEXECUTIVE COMPENSATION,GUARANTEES AGAINST LAYOFFS ANDAGAINST THE DESTRUCTION OFCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGAGREEMENTS, AND BROADLY SPEAKINGTRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.ONE OF THE THINGS I AM MOSTPROUD OF IS THAT THERE WILL BENOW AN ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD, APANDEMIC RESPONSE ACCOUNTABILITYCOMMITTEE, BOTH A SPECIALINSPECTOR GENERAL AND$80 MILLION IN THIS BILL FOR THEOPERATION OF THAT ACCOUNTABILITYCOMMITTEE.LET ME MOVE SINCE I SEE I HAVE ANUMBER OF COLLEAGUES WHO JOINEDME ON THE FLOOR TO JUST A FEWOTHER POINTS, IF I COULD.THERE IS $350 BILLION IN THISBILL FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSADMINISTRATION TO DISBURSE TOSMALL BUSINESSES AND TONONPROFITS ALL OVER OUR COUNTRY,WITH AN INCENTIVE STRUCTURE TOCHANGE IT FROM A LOAN TO A GRANTTO THOSE WHO WOULD RETAIN ORREHIRE THEIR WORKFORCE.AS I HAVE HEARD FROM RESTAURANTOWNERS, FROM HOTEL OWNERS, FROMTHOSE WHO WORK IN BARS ANDRESTAURANTS AND HOTELS IN MYCOMMUNITY, THOSE ARE THE FOLKSWHO HAVE BEEN HIT THE FIRST ANDTHE HARDEST BY THE CLOSURES.THIS PROVISION WILL ALLOW THOSESMALL BUSINESSES TO REOPENQUICKLY AND ROBUSTLY WHEN WE GETON THE OTHER SIDE OF THISPANDEMIC.AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKINGWITH MY COLLEAGUES, WITH THES.B.A. ADMINISTRATOR, WITH THES.B.A. LENDERS IN MY STATE ANDAROUND THE COUNTRY TO MAKE SUREIT'S DONE WELL AND THAT IT'SDONE QUICKLY.I WROTE THE BILL THAT ADDED$17 BILLION MORE SO THAT 320,000CURRENT SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARECURRENT S.B.A. LOAN HOLDERS GETSIX MONTHS OF RELIEF, MOVES THEMOFF THE AGENDA OF THE S.B.A.STAFF AND THE S.B.A. LENDERS TOCLEAR THE DECKS FOR THEM TOADMINISTER THIS $350 BILLION,AND I SUPPORTED SENATOR CARDINAND HIS INITIATIVE TO ADD$10 BILLION FOR SMALL RAPIDGRANTS TO THE MOST SEVERELYIMPACTED BUSINESSES ANDNONPROFITS.THIS SECTION OF THE OVERALL BILLWHERE SENATORS RUBIO, COLLINS,CARDIN, AND SHAHEEN NEGOTIATEDMOST OF IT STRUCK ME AS THE MOSTBIPARTISAN AND MOST PRODUCTIVE.THERE IS SO MUCH MORE IN THISBILL I COULD SPEAK TO.THE WAYS IN WHICH THE RESOURCESOF THE FEDERAL RESERVE ARE GOINGTO BE DEPLOYED TO HELP MEDIUMSMALL BUSINESSES AND SMALLBUSINESSES -- MEDIUM BUSINESSESAND SMALL BUSINESSES.THE WAY IN WHICH THE PRIVATESECTOR IN MY HOME STATE HASSTEPPED UP TO PARTNER ANDDELIVER CRITICALLY NEEDEDRESOURCES, WHETHER IT IS TOREFURBISH VENTILATORS ORDONATING SURPLUS P.P.E. FROM THEPRIVATE SECTOR THAT THEY DON'TNEED TODAY OR THE UNIVERSITYTHAT HAS CLOSED ITS RESEARCHLABS BUT MAKES ITS RESOURCESAVAILABLE TO OUR HOSPITAL.THERE ARE SOME REMARKABLEEFFORTS AT PARTNERSHIP GOING ONIN MY COMMUNITY AND AROUND THECOUNTRY.BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WEHAVE A CRITICAL QUESTION.IS THIS BILL PERFECT?NO.COULD WE I AM PROVE IT --IMPROVE IT BY MORE TIME HEREARGUING WITH EACH OTHER,OFFERING MORE AMENDMENTS,DEBATING FURTHER?YES.IS THERE SOMETHING I BADLYWANTED THAT DID NOT GET IN THISFINAL BILL?ABSOLUTELY.WE HAVE HAD NINE MAJOR STATESDELAY THEIR ELECTIONS, DELAYTHEIR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIESBECAUSE OF THIS PANDEMIC, AND IURGE THAT A BILL WRITTEN BY MYCOLLEAGUE, SENATOR KLOBUCHAR ANDSENATOR WYDEN THAT I JOIN BEADDED IN TEXT TO REQUIRE EVERYSTATE TO HAVE A PLAN TO VOTE BYMAIL DURING THIS PANDEMIC.IF OUR TROOPS COULD VOTE FROMTHE FRONT LINES IN THE CIVIL WARAND SECOND WORLD WAR, BY GOSH,WE SHOULD HAVE A PLAN TO VOTEEVEN IF THIS PANDEMIC CONTINUES.I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT TEXT ISULTIMATELY NOT GOING TO BE INTHIS BILL.$400 MILLION WILL BE IN TO HELPTHOSE STATES THAT WANT TO VOTEBY MAIL, TO EXPAND ANDSTRENGTHEN VOTE BY MAIL, AND IWILL BE BACK.I WILL BE BACK TO INSIST ON THISPROVISION IN THE NEXT BILL.BUT AS I HAVE SAID TO MANYCOLLEAGUES IN THE LAST FEW DAYS,WE CANNOT ALL GET EVERYTHING WEHOPED FOR AND WANT AND BELIEVETO BE IMPORTANT IN THIS BILL.WE MUST PUT DOWN THE TOOLS OFPARTISANSHIP AND PERSONALINTEREST AND CONSCIONABLECONCERNS.WE MUST PUT DOWN SOME OF THETHINGS WE MOST HOPED FOR.WE MUST PUT DOWN THE TOOLS WITHWHICH WE SO OFTEN FIGHT EACHOTHER.AND WE MUST COME TOGETHER ANDTAKE UP THE IMPLEMENTS OFNATIONAL PURPOSE, OF COMPROMISE,OF CONSENSUS, AND DELIVER THESERESOURCES TO A NATION ANXIOUS,CONCERNED, AND AT TIMES EVENANGRY. AT ALL OF US IN THE SENATE FORWHAT THEY SEE AS TOO LONG ADELAY.SO WITH THAT, LET ME JUST SAY TOMY COLLEAGUES, IT IS TIME FOR USTO TAKE UP THIS BILL, ROUGH HEWNAS IT IS, PASS IT THROUGH THISCHAMBER, SEND IT TO THE HOUSE.I HAVE URGED MY COLLEAGUES INTHE HOUSE TO PASS IT PROMPTLY,SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESKFOR SIGNATURE AND THEN LET USALL GET TO THE HARD WORK OFMAKING SURE WE DO THE BEST WECAN FOR THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENTWITH THIS HISTORIC STIMULUSPACKAGE, THIS REMARKABLECORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE THATIS GOING TO DELIVER $2 TRILLIONOF ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TOCOMMUNITIES ALL OVER OURCOUNTRY.THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM NEVADA.MS. ROSEN: I RISE TO LET ALLNEVADANS KNOW THE RESPONSES TOTHE PANDEMIC WE ARE FACING RIGHTNOW.THE CORONAVIRUS PRESENTS AGLOBAL CHALLENGE TO THE HEALTHAND ECONOMIC SECURITY OF NEVADAAND THE UNITED STATES.MY STATUTES TODAY ARE WITH THOSEIN NEVADA WHO ARE ILL ORSUFFERING WITH THE VIRUS ANDWITH THE FAMILIES OF THE SIXNEVADANS WHO HAVE DIED BECAUSEOF THIS DISEASE.MS. CORTEZ MASTO: I ALSO WANT TOTHANK THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ONTHE FRONT LINES OF THIS CRISIS,THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE BATTLING TOSAVE LIVES, PUTTING THEIR OWNHEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF THEIRFAMILIES AT RISK.I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF FEARAND CONFUSION IN OUR COMMUNITIESRIGHT NOW.PLEASE KNOW THIS, THOUGH.I AM WORKING CLOSELY WITH THEGOVERNOR OF NEVADA AND THENEVADA DELEGATION TO ENSURE THATOUR STATE GETS THE RESOURCES ITNEEDS TO STEM THE SPREAD OF THECORONAVIRUS, TO TREAT THOSE WHONEED MEDICAL ATTENTION, ANDADDRESS THE NEEDS OF STRUGGLINGFAMILIES AND BUSINESSES.I ALSO KNOW THAT WE ARE NEVADASTRONG.I'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER AGAINTHAT WHEN THINGS GET DIFFICULT,NEVADANS COME TOGETHER.WHEN A GUNMAN ATTACKED THE ROUTE91 HARVEST FESTIVAL IN LASVEGAS, I SAW HOW NEVADANS FROMALL OVER THE STATE WORKEDHEROICALLY TO HELP VICTIMS ANDSUPPORT FAMILIES.AND NEVADANS ARE UNITING NOW,TOO.I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT ACROSS THESILVER STATE, PEOPLE ARE DOINGTHEIR PART TO REDUCE THE IMPACTOF COVID-19.OUR GOVERNOR HAS SHOWNTREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP IN WORKINGTO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THECORONAVIRUS.AS GOVERNOR SISSELACK HASPOINTED OUT, WE NEED EVERYONE TOSTAY HOME FOR NEVADA.OUR NURSES, DOCTORS, AND HEALTHOFFICIALS ARE WORKING TIRELESSLYTO CARE FOR THE SICK AND TOINCREASE OUR CAPACITY TO DEALWITH THE CASES IN THE FUTURE.FIRST RESPONDERS, LOCAL HEALTHAUTHORITIES, SANITATION WORKERS,AND RETAIL WORKERS ARE ON THEJOB AROUND THE CLOCK TO MAKESURE THAT ESSENTIAL SERVICES AREAVAILABLE TO NEVADANS.AND OUR GAMING, ENTERTAINMENT,AND HOSPITALITY LEADERS TOOKSTEPS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF UPFECTION INCLUDING BY CLOSINGTHEIR DOORS.AND SO MANY NEVADANS ARECONTBUTING BY WORKING FROMHOME WHEN THEY CAN, CARING FORSCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN,VOLUNTEERING TO HELP MAKE MASKSOR BUY GROCERIES FOR ELDERLYNEIGHBORS, AND AVOIDING SOCIALINTERACTIONS THAT COULD SPREADTHE VIRUS.EVERYONE -- EVERY SINGLENEVADAN, EACH AND EVERY AMERICANHAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN THISCRISIS.WE NEED EVERYONE TO DO THEIRPART BY FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OFTHE EXPERTS AND TAKINGPRACTICAL, COMMONSENSE STEPSLIKE WASHING HANDS ANDPRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING.AND MY COLLEAGUES AND I INCONGRESS HAVE DONE OUR PART ASWELL.THE SENATE HAS COME TOGETHER INA REMARKABLE AND BIPARTISANFASHION TO ACT ON THREE BILLS TOADDRESS KEY HEALTH CAREPRIORITIES AND TO PROTECTWORKERS AND INDUSTRY FROM THEECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE PUBLICHEALTH CRISIS.EARLIER IN MARCH, WE SET ASIDE$8.3 BILLION TO SUPPORTHOSPITALS, COMMUNITY HEALTHCENTERS, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICES,MEDICAL SUPPLIERS, AND REFERENCEACROSS THE COUNTRY.AND THEN -- AND RESEARCHERSACROSS THE COUNTRY.AND THEN NEXT, WE PASSED THEBIPARTISAN CORONAVIRUS RESPONSEACT TO PROVIDE FREE CORONAVIRUSTESTING, TO EXPAND FOODASSISTANCE, AND MANDATE PAIDSICK AND FAMILY LEAVE FORWORKERS.AND I AM PROUD TO HAVE FOUGHTALONGSIDE MY COLLEAGUES INNEVADA'S CONGRESSIONALDELEGATION, INCLUDING MY FRIENDAND COLLEAGUE, SENATOR JACKYROSEN, TO PASS TODAY'S THIRDRELIEF BILL.WE MUST PASS THIS TODAY.IT IS QUITE SIMPLY THE GREATESTSINGLE INVESTMENT IN OUR ECONOMYIN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN MODERNAMERICAN HISTORY.AND WE NEED IT.IN 2007, OUR STATE WAS HIT HARDBY THE RECESSION.THROUGH TREMENDOUS EFFORT, WECAME THROUGH IT, BUT OURECONOMIC RECOVERY WAS SLOW.THIS TIME WE WANT TO MAKE SUREOUR ECONOMY SPRINGS BACK QUICKLYAFTER THIS CRISIS HAS PASSED ANDTHAT WORKERS HAVE GOOD JOBS TORETURN TO WHEN IT DOES.THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO PASS THESEFAR-REACHING MEASURES TO PROVIDEIMMEDIATE RELIEF TO INDIVIDUALS,FAMILIES, AND BUSINESSESSUFFERING FROM THE ECONOMICIMPACTS OF THIS PANDEMIC.NEVADA HAS AN ECONOMY THAT'SUNIQUE IN THE NATION.OUR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRYGENERATES NEARLY $68 BILLIONANNUALLY AND SUPPORTS MORE THAN450,000 JOBS ACROSS THE STATE.SO I HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ONSTANDING UP FOR OUR GAMING,TOURISM, AND HOSPITALITYWORKERS.I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THATWHEN WE OFFERED RELIEF TO BIGCOMPANIES, THERE WAS OVERSIGHT,TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY,AND WORKER PROTECTIONS IN PLACE.THIS BILL DOES THAT.I AM GRATEFUL TO THE MANY SMALLBUSINESSES IN MY STATE WHO HAVETAKEN THE HARD BUT NECESSARYACTION AND CLOSED THEIR DOORS ORREDUCED THEIR SERVICES AT THISCRITICAL TIME.THIS BILL SUPPORTS THEM AS WELL. BY PROVIDING FORGIVABLE LOANSAND GRANTS SO THAT THEY CAN OPENTHE DOORS AGAIN AS SOON AS IT ISSAFE FOR THEM TO DO SO.MOST OF ALL, I WANTED TO MAKESURE WE SUPPORTED NEVADA'SWORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THEHARDWORKING PEOPLE OURINDUSTRIES EMPLOY.THAT'S WHY I WORKED WITH MYSENATE COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THATKEY PROTECTIONS FOR NEVADANS ANDALL AMERICANS WERE INCLUDED INTHIS RELIEF PACKAGE.WE FOUGHT TO EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENTASSISTANCE SO THAT IT INCLUDESPART-TIME, SELF-EMPLOYED, ANDSEASONAL AND GIG ECONOMY WORKERSTHAT MAKE UP A KEY PART OF OURLABOR FORCE IN THE SILVER STATE.WHETHER YOU'RE A DISHWASHER AT AHOTEL ON THE STRIP OR YOU'RE AHAIR STYLIST IN CARSON CITY,YOU'LL BE ELIGIBLE FOR UP TOFOUR MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS.AND, YES, WE'VE LOCKED DOWNDIRECT PAYMENTS OF $1,200 FOREACH ADULT AND $500 FOR EACHCHILD, UP TO A CERTAIN INCOMELEVEL, SO OUR HARDWORKINGFAMILIES WOULD HAVE MONEY INTHEIR POCKETS TO RECOVER FROMTHIS PANDEMIC.AND WE SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED TOSHORE UP OUR HOSPITALS ANDHEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE TOGET THEM MORE MONEY FORPROTECTIVE GEAR, SUPPLIES, ANDTESTS SO THAT THEY CAN PROVIDEPATIENTS THE BEST POSSIBLE CAREWHILE AT THE SAME TIMEPROTECTING THEMSELVES.SO WE MADE SURE THAT WE ALSOINCLUDED OUR LOCAL, STATE, ANDTRIBAL COMMUNITIES.WE SET ASIDE $150 BILLION FOROUR GOVERNMENTS, WHO ARE BEARINGTHE BRUNT FOR THE COST FOR LOCALHEALTH CARE SYSTEMS.THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THISLEGISLATION, AND THAT'S WHY WEHAVE TO PASS THIS TONIGHT.AND I WOULD BE AMISS IF I DIDNOT SAY THANK YOU TO THEINCREDIBLE STAFF THAT WORKED SOHARD OVER THIS PAST FEW DAYS24/7 TO PUT THIS RELIEF PACKAGETOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY,FROM LEADER SCHUMER'S STAFF ANDLEADER SCHUMER, THE NEGOTIATINGTEAM OF SENATORS WHO I GET TOWORK WITH EVERY SINGLE DAY,THEIR HARDWORKING STAFF AND MYSTAFF AS WELL WHO WORKED LATENIGHTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WEREFIGHTING ON BEHALF OF NEVADANS.LISTEN, I KNOW THIS IS ADIFFICULT TIME FOR EVERYONE, BUTWE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGHTHIS, JUST AS WE PERSEVEREDBEFORE.AND WE'LL DO IT BY RALLYING TOHELP ONE ANOTHER AS NEVADANSALWAYS DO.THERE WILL BE MOMENTS OFCHALLENGE AHEAD, AND EACH OF USHAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ANSWERTHESE QUESTIONS.LET'S LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS.LET'S TAKE CARE OF ONE ANOTHERAND LET'S BE KIND ANDUNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE ARE ALLGOING THROUGH.BUT LET'S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THEBEAUTY OF OUR EVERYDAY LIVES,THAT FAMILIAR RHYTHM WE'RE ALLEAGER TO RESTORE.IN NEVADA AND ACROSS THECOUNTRY, WE WILL BE BACK AT OURWORKPLACES AGAIN SOLVING OUREVERYDAY PROBLEMS.OUR CHILDREN WILL BE BACK ATSCHOOL LEARNING FOR THEMSELVESHOW TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTERPLACE.AND, YES, WE'LL BEGIN THE LONGTASK OF GRIEVING THOSE WE'VELOST.BUT WE'LL ALSO BE CELEBRATINGMARRIAGES AGAIN AND MARK BEINGBIRTHS WITH A NEWFOUND JOY.WE WILL GET THROUGH THISTOGETHER, AND I PROMISE EVERYONEIN THE SILVER STATE THAT I WILLBE FIGHTING IN THE SENATE TOMAKE SURE WE REBOUND FROM THISSTRONGER THAN BEFORE SO THATNEVADANS CAN GET BACK TO WORK.MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOORAND ASK THAT WE PASS THIS BILLTONIGHT.I KNOW YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY,AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKINGWITH MY COLLEAGUES TO GET THATDONE.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.MR. GRAHAM: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.MR. GRAHAM: THANK YOU VERYMUCH.I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MYCOLLEAGUES, SENATOR TIM SCOTTAND SENATOR SASSE.TODAY WHEN WE WERE GETTINGBRIEFED ABOUT THE BILL,SOMETHING HIT ME LIKE A TON OFABOUT.THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD THINGSIN HERE.THERE'S MONEY FOR HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS, HOSPITALS, NURSES,AND DOCTORS.THERE'S SO MANY GOOD THINGS.THE COUNTRY IS UNDER SIEGE, ANDI WAS ONE OF THE FIRSTREPUBLICANS, MR. PRESIDENT, TOJOIN MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES --I THINK I TALKED TO SENATORDURBIN -- WE NEED TO DOSOMETHING MORE ON UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE BECAUSE THECOLLINS-RUBIO CONSTRUCT I THINKWILL HELP, BUT SOME PEOPLE AREGOING TO FALL THROUGH THECRACKS.NEVER INTO MY WILDEST DREAMS,SENATOR DURBIN, DID I BELIEVETHAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS TO PAYPEOPLE MORE NOT TO WORK THAN TOWORK.UNDER THIS BILL, THE $600PAYMENT ON TOP OF STATE BENEFITSACTUALLY ALLOWS PEOPLE TO HAVETHEIR INCOME ALMOST DOUBLED INCERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.AND I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE.I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF YOULOSE YOUR JOB, THAT WE COVERYOUR WAGES.BUT UNDER THIS BILL, YOU GET$23.15 AN HOUR BASED ON A40-HOUR WORK WEEK NOT TO WORK.AND IF YOU'RE TRYING TO HIRESOMEBODY IN SOUTH CAROLINA THENEXT FOUR MONTHS, YOU GOT TOCOMPETE WITH THAT WAGE.AND IF YOU'RE WORKING IN ARESTAURANT OR PROBABLY NOT NOW,BUT IF YOU'RE WORKING ANYWHEREFOR $15 AN HOUR, SOMEBODY ISMAKING $23 AN HOUR AND YOU'REWORKING.IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.IT'S GOING TO HURT THERUBIO-COLLINS CONSTRUCT.RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OUT OFBUSINESS, WE WANT THEM TO BEABLE TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY THEPAYROLL TO KEEP PEOPLE CONNECTEDTO THEIR EMPLOYER.NOW WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU MAKE$23 AN HOUR BEING ONUNEMPLOYMENT?HOW DO YOU KEEP THAT WAITRESS ORBARTENDER AT $15 OR $17?YOU'VE MADE IT A NIGHTMARE FORSMALL BUSINESSES.THEY'RE BEING PITTED AGAINSTTHEIR OWN EMPLOYEES.SO TO SENATOR DURBIN ANDEVERYBODY ELSE, THE REASON WE'REDOING THIS IS BECAUSE THEY TELLME IT TAKES SIX TO EIGHT MONTHSFOR THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMMISSIONSAT THE STATE LEVEL TO FIGURETHIS OUT.WHAT ARE WE ASKING THEM TO DO?TO GET UNEMPLOYMENT, YOU GOT TOTELL US WHERE YOU WORK AND HOWMUCH YOU MAKE AND WHAT WE WANTTO DO IS FILL IN THE DIFFERENCEBETWEEN THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT AND YOUR ACTUAL WAGESAND STOP THERE.WE DON'T DO THAT UNDER THISBILL.THERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING PAIDMORE NOT TO WORK THAN THEY WEREIN THE WORKFORCE.IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO NOTINCENTIVIZE PEOPLE TO LEAVETHEIR JOB.YOU CAN BE UNEMPLOYED AT $23 ANHOUR IN SOUTH CAROLINA.THAT'S MORE THAN A LOT OF PEOPLEMAKE.SO I'M JUST URGING MYCOLLEAGUES, WE NEED TO FIX THISNOW, NO MATTER HOWWELL-INTENTIONED, YOU'RE GOINGTO MAKE THE NEXT FOUR MONTHSIMPOSSIBLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSESTO HIRE, AND I CAN PROMISE YOUTHIS --IF YOU PAY SOMEBODY $23 AN HOURNOT TO WORK, THEY'RE PROBABLYGOING TO FIND A WAY TO GET THERERATHER THAN STAYING IN THEWORKFORCE WHERE I'M SURE THEY'DRATHER BE.WE HAVE CREATED A PERVERSEINCENTIVE NOT TO HELP THEUNEMPLOYED PERSON BUT TO DESTROYTHE ABILITY TO STAY EMPLOYED.SO WITH THAT, I WOULD JUST SAYTO MY COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU FORTRYING TO BRING COMMON SENSEBACK TO THE BODY.I AM VERY MUCH FOR THIS BILL.IT DOES HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE.BUT WE'VE CREATED A PANDORA'SBOX FOR OUR ECONOMY, AND I WISHWE COULD FIX IT TONIGHT.AND IF WE DON'T, WE NEED TO KEEPTRYING AND TRYING AND TRYING.WITH THAT, I WILL YIELD THEFLOOR TO MY COLLEAGUES.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM FLORIDA H.MR. SCOTT: UNDER THIS BILL ASIT'S WRITTEN NOW, THE GOVERNMENTWILL PAY MANY AMERICANS MORE TOBE ON -- YOU NEED THIS, DON'TYOU?ALL RIGHT, UNDER THIS BILL, ASITS WRITTEN NOW, THE GOVERNMENTWILL PAY MANY AMERICANS MORE TOBE ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THANTHEY WOULD MAKE IF THEY'REWORKING AT THEIR REGULAR JOBS.I SUPPORT EXPANDING THEUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM.IT'S THE BEST AND QUICKEST WAYTO GET MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO NEEDIT MOST.BUT WE SHOULD NOT CREATE ASYSTEM WHERE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE BENEFITS ARE HIGHERTHAN A SALARY.WE CANNOT PAY PEOPLE MORE TO NOTWORK THAN TO WORK.THIS IS BASIC COMMON SENSE.MOST PEOPLE WOULD CHOOSE THEBIGGER CHECK, AND I DON'T BLAMETHEM AT ALL.NO PERSON WHO UNDERSTANDSANYTHING ABOUT BUSINESS,ECONOMICS, OR HUMAN NATURE WOULDCREATE SUCH A PERVERSE ANDRIDICULOUS SYSTEM.THIS BILL CREATES AN INCENTIVEFOR WORKERS TO BE UNEMPLOYED FORTHE NEXT FOUR MONTHS, FACT.WITHOUT WORKERS, OUR ECONOMYCANNOT BE OPEN.IF OUR ECONOMY REMAINSESSENTIALLY CLOSED FOR FOUR MOREMONTHS, WE WILL BE IN A VERYDEEP RECESSION -- FACT.YOU ASK HOW DO I KNOW ALL OFTHIS?I GREW UP POOR IN PUBLICHOUSING.MY MOM WORKED THREE JOBS.MY PARENTS WERE CONSTANTLYSTRUGGLING TO FIND WORK.I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO SKIPCHRISTMAS AND SEE THE CAR REPOSSESSED.ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUMI'VE RUN BUSINESSES AND HAVE HADGREAT SUCCESS.THAT'S EXACTLY HOW I KNOW THESETHINGS.THIS ISN'T CONJECTURE.THESE ARE FACTS.THERE ARE MANY GOOD THINGS INTHIS BILL, AND THERE ARE MANYPROVISIONS THAT I WHOLEHEARTEDLYAGREE WITH.BUT THE WORST THING WE COULD DORIGHT NOW IS CREATE ADISINCENTIVE TO WORK.WE CANNOT GET OUR ECONOMY UP ANDRUNNING AGAIN, WE CANNOT RECOVERFROM THIS -- WE CAN GET OURECONOMY UP AND RUNNING AGAIN, WECAN RECOVER FROM THIS.IT WILL TAKE A LOT LONGER IF WEDON'T AMEND THIS BILL TOELIMINATE THE PERVERSEINCENTIVES.OFFICER OFFICER THE SENATOR FROMSOUTH CAROLINA.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.MR. SCOTT: I PLAN TO SUPPORTTHIS LEGISLATION TONIGHT, BUT IDO WANT TO FIX IT FIRST.OUR AMENDMENT IS THE A VERYSIMPLE AMENDMENT.-- OUR AMENDMENT IS A VERYSIMPLE AMENDMENT.BUT FIRST IT IS OURRESPONSIBILITY TO THE EXTENTPOSSIBLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEAMERICAN PEOPLE.I WANT TO PROVIDE 100% OF THESALARY WHILE AN AMERICAN IS LAIDOFF BECAUSE OF COVID-19.100% OF THE SALARY OF SOMEONELAID OFF BECAUSE OF COVID-19.MY GOAL IS DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.THE RIGHT WAY IS THAT YOU GETYOUR INCOME AS IF YOU'RE STILLWORKING BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN LAIDOFF BECAUSE OF COVID-19.NOT A RAISE FOR NOT WORKING.NOT 200% OF YOUR INCOME WHILE ONUNEMPLOYMENT.THE GOAL IS SIMPLY TO KEEP YOUWHOLE WHILE YOU'RE UNEMPLOYEDBECAUSE OF COVID-19.I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH AS AFORMER EMPLOYER AND, FRANKLY, ASA FORMER EMPLOYEE THERELATIONSHIP IT THE EMPLOYER ANDTHE EMPLOYEE IS CRITICAL.OUR NATION IS BUILT ON THEDIGNITY OF WORK.WHAT THIS BILL DOES WITHOUTFIXING IT IS IT SIMPLY SAYS YOUCAN EARN MORE MONEY BY BEINGUNEMPLOYMENT -- BEING ONUNEMPLOYMENT THAN YOU CAN WHILEWORKING.THAT IS AN INCENTIVE THAT ISPERVERSE.WE CANNOT HAVE INTENDED TOENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO WORK ANDMAKE MORE MONEY THAN TO GO BACKTO WORK AND RECEIVE YOUR NORMALPAY.WITH THAT, I YIELD.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM NEBRASKA.MR. SASSE: THANK YOU, MR.PRESIDENT.AS SENATOR SCOTT JUST SAID, THISAMENDMENT IS REALLY SIMPLE.ALL WE'RE TRYING TO SAY IS WESHOULD HELP EVERYONE WHO NEEDSTO BE HELP WITHOUT USACCIDENTALLY CREATING ADISINCENTIVE TO WORK THAT'S NOTGOOD FOR ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRYOR THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF TWOUNPRECEDENTED CRISES RIGHT NOW.WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISISAND WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC CRISISINTO WHICH WE'RE JUST ENTERINGAND WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THEVALLEY OF THIS RECESSION ISGOING TO BE.BUT I WANT TO BE SURE THAT EVERYAMERICAN WHO'S WATCHING TONIGHTUNDERSTANDS EXACTLY WHAT THISDEBATE HAS BEEN ABOUT THISAFTERNOON.THIS DEBATE IS HOW YOU CAN BEBOTH PRO WORKER AND PRO-RECOVERY.TO BE KIND AND CHARITABLE ANDALSO SIMULTANEOUSLY AFFIRMINGTHE ONGOING DIGNITY OF WORK ANDTHE NECESSITY OF WORK AS OURCOUNTRY BATTLES THROUGH THISVIRUS AND ULTIMATELY REBUILDSOUR ECONOMY.NOBODY HERE IS ARGUING ABOUTWHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD HELPWORKERS.EVERYBODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THEAISLE TONIGHT WANTS TO HELPWORKERS.THIS IS A DEBATE ABOUT WHETHEROR NOT WE'RE GOING TO LET APOORLY DRAFTED BILL KNOCK THISNATION STILL HARDER IN THECOMING MONTHS BY UNINTENTIONALLYINCREASING UNEMPLOYMENT.THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE ISABOUT.RIGHT NOW AS THE CORONAVIRUS ISTHREATENING OUR ECONOMY, WE KNOWWHO THE REAL HEROES ARE.THE REAL HEROES ARE NOTPOLITICIANS.THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVEBEEN WORKING ALL NIGHT, FIVE ORSIX NIGHTS IN A ROW, BUT THEHEROES THAT ARE GOING TO BEATTHIS VIRUS AND REBUILD AMERICAARE NOT POLITICIANS.THE HEROES ARE THE MEN AND WOMENWHO ARE STOCKING SHELVES.THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO AREPICKING UP TRASH, THE MEN ANDWOMEN WHO ARE DRIVING TRUCKS ANDDELIVERING TAKEOUT.MANY OF THEM CONVERTINGRESTAURANTS WHICH USED TO BESIT-DOWN INTO TAKEOUTRESTAURANTS.PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR ALOT OF THEIR AMERICANS.THE -- THEIR NEIGHBORS.THE AMERICANS AND DAY CAREWORKERS DOING STUFF TO WATCHOTHER E.R. DOCTORS' KIDS.THOSE ARE THE HEROES OF THEHEROES ARE THE AMERICANS ACROSSALL 50 STATES, ACROSS EVERY TOWNAND VILLAGE AND SUBURB AND CITYTHAT ARE DOING THE WORK, THEORDINARY JOBS THAT NOW UNDEREXTRAORDINARILY PAINFUL ANDDIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.THEY'RE THE HEROES, THESCRAPPERS, AND THE DOERS, AND WESHOULD BE CELEBRATING THEM,AFFIRMING THEM, AND HELPING THEMONCE WE GET THROUGH THIS CRISISTO GET BACK TO WORK.THIS BILL HAS LOTS AND LOTS OFGOOD STUFF IN IT.I INTEND TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL,BUT THERE ARE PIECES OF THISBILL THAT ARE BROKEN AND THAT WECAN FIX TONIGHT.AND IF WE DON'T FIX THEMTONIGHT, IT'S GOING TOEXACERBATE OUR PROBLEMS ANDWE'RE GOING TO BE BACK HERE IN AMONTH AND TO MONTHS TRYING TOFIX THESE PROBLEMS.THESE ARE THE AMERICANS WHO AREGOING TO GET US THROUGH.THEY'RE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOINGTO KEEP OUR SUPPLY CHAINS ALIVEAND THOSE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE THELIFELINE FOR LOTS OF AMERICANSRIGHT NOW.HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEBILL.AS IT'S CURRENTLY DRAFTED, ITTHREATENS TO CRIPPLE THE SUPPLYCHAIN FOR MANY -- FROM MANYDIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF WORKERS.SOME IN HEALTH SECTOR, FOOD PREPAND DELIVERY.THIS BILL AS DRAFTED CREATES APERVERSE INCENTIVE FOR MEN ANDWOMEN WHO ARE SIDELINED TO THENNOT LEAVE THE SIDELINES AND COMEBACK TO WORK.THIS BILL CREATES A PERVERSEINCENTIVE FOR MANY EMPLOYERS WHOSHOULD BE WANTING TO TRY TOMAINTAIN THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEERELATIONSHIP.IT CREATES A PERVERSE INCENTIVEFOR THEM TO SERVER THATEMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP.MANY OTHER PIECES OF THIS BILLTRY TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM IN AREALLY CONSTRUCTIVE WAY.THE $350 BILLION FOR THE SMALLBUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, IT ISTRYING TO BUILD BRIDGE LOADPROGRAMS THAT HELP EMPLOYERS ANDEMPLOYEES BE CONNECTED ANDREMAIN CONNECTED THROUGH THISDOWNTURN.THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PIECEOF THIS SHOULD NOT WORK IT CROSSPURPOSES TO WHAT THE BILL ISABOUT IN THE OVERALL ARGUMENT.NOBODY HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEGENEROUS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSTHAT ARE IN THIS BILL.NOBODY HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEGENEROUS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCEBENEFITS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL.THEY SHOULD BE GENEROUS AMID THENATIONAL CRISIS THAT WE'RE IN.BUT WE DON'T WANT THIS PIECE OFTHE BILL TO CREATE AN INCRINTSEF FOR -- INCENTIVE FOR FOLKS TOSTOP WORKING, HAVE THEIREMPLOYERS PUSH THEM AWAY WHENTHE EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE SHOULDBE TRYING TO RALLY AROUND ANDTOGETHER TO HELP US BUILDTHROUGH THIS CRISIS.WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING REALLYSIMPLE.WE WANT TO FIX WHAT'S BROKENHERE BY SAYING UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE BENEFITS SHOULD BECAPPED AT 100% OF THE PAY YOUHAD BEFORE YOU WERE UNEMPLOYED.THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT PEOPLE WHOALREADY HAVE BEEN MADEUNEMPLOYED.THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO AREGOING TO BE MADE UNEMPLOYED INTHE COMING WEEKS.ALL THIS AMENDMENT SAYS THATWE'RE VOTING ON IN A FEW MINUTESIS THAT WE SHOULD CAP THEUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AT 100% OFTHE WAGES YOU WERE JUSTRECEIVING WHILE WORKING.IT SHOULD NOT BE SOMETHING THEU.S. CONGRESS DOES TO CREATE ANINCENTIVE WHERE YOU'LL GET PAIDMORE BY NOT WORKING THAN YOU GETBY WORKING.THAT'S PRO RECOVERY LEGISLATIONTHAT TRIES TO KEEP OUR SUPPLYCHAINS HUMMING AND TRIES TO HELPUS TOGETHER, 325 MILLIONAMERICANS COME TOGETHER TO BEATTHIS THING.WE SHOULD VOTE FOR WORKERS.WE SHOULD VOTE FOR RECOVERY, ANDWE SHOULD VOTE TO BEAT THISTHING AND COME OUT STRONGER ONTHE OTHER SIDE.THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM ILLINOIS.MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT, IWOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUEBECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANTWE EXPLAIN WHERE WE ARE TODAYAND WHY WE'VE REACHED THISPOINT.I CAN RECALL WHEN SENATOR GRAHAMCROSSED THE AISLE A WEEK OR SOAGO PERHAPS AND STARTED TALKINGABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ANDHIS GOALS WITH UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE.IT SOUNDED CONSISTENT WITH THELANGUAGE IN CONVERSATION I HEARDIN OUR OWN SIDE OF THE AISLE,OUR OWN CAUCUS.TO USE THE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE SYSTEM AS A WAY TOMAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WERE ABLETO REALLY WEATHER THE STORM WHENIT COME TO THE PUBLIC HEALTHCRISIS WE FACE.THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHOARE FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT HASGONE UP DRAMATICALLY.TWO MILLION NEW UNEMPLOYMENTCLAIMS FILED LAST WEEK COMPAREDTO 218,000 NATIONWIDE INPREVIOUS WEEKS.SO WE KNOW THAT THE NUMBER OFPEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS,LAID OFF, FURLOUGHED, FIRED ISGROWING JUST IN A FASHION WE'VENEVER SEEN BEFORE.I'VE SEEN IT REPORTED IN MYSTATE, I'M SURE EACH OF YOU HAVESEEN THE SAME.BUT LET'S GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOMLINE.AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JUSTBEAR WITH ME FOR A MINUTE.WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING IS WHATWE INITIALLY SET OUT TO DO, ANDTHEN WE MET WITH THEREPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITEDSTATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.I WAS IN ONE OF THE TASK FORCESFOR THE SENATE FINANCECOMMITTEE, AND I SAT THERE AS AREPRESENTATIVE FROM THE U.S.DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CAME IN ANDSAID SENATORS, YOU DON'TUNDERSTAND 50 DIFFERENT STATES'COMPUTER SYSTEMS WHEN IT COMESTO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.WE CAN TELL YOU POINT BLANK THATONLY SIX OR EIGHT STATES OUT OFTHE 50 COULD POSSIBLY DO WHATYOU WANT TO ACHIEVE.THEY TELL US IT WILL TAKE THEMMONTHS TO REPROGRAM THEIRCOMPUTERS TO MAKE THE SIMPLECALCULATION, WHAT APPEARS TO BEA SIMPLE CALCULATION, THAT SAYSYOU NEVER GET PAID MORE INUNEMPLOYMENT THAN YOU WEREMAKING ON THE JOB.THAT WAS THE REALITY.WE DIDN'T MAKE THAT UP.THIS WASN'T A DEMOCRATIC DREAMEDUP IDEA.THIS WAS THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OFLABOR TELLING US THAT WHEN THEYLOOKED AT THE STATE DEPARTMENTSOF LABOR, THEY COULDN'T ACHIEVEWHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITHYOUR AMENDMENT.IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU GOFORWARD AND YOU'RE SUCCESSFUL --I DON'T BELIEVE YOU WILL BE --BUT IF YOU WERE SUCCESSFUL, WHATWE WOULD END UP WITH IS, FRANKLY, A DEADLOCK, NOINCREASES IN UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE BENEFITS.NOW, LET ME TELL YOU BEYOND THISADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEM WHICH WASNOT OUR CREATION, WAS IDENTIFIEDBY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION,BEYOND THIS ADMINISTRATIVEPROBLEM THERE ARE TWO OR THREETHINGS I WANT TO SAY AS A BOTTOMLINE.FIRST, WE ARE DETERMINED TO MAKESURE THAT THE WORKERS COME OUTAT LEAST WHOLE IF NOT BETTERTHROUGH THIS TERRIBLE EXPERIENCETHEY'RE GOING THROUGH.NOW, THIS NOTION THAT THEWORKERS WOULD COME OUT BETTER ISNOT UNIQUE TO THE DEMOCRATICSIDE OF THE AISLE.THE CASH PAYMENT PROPOSED BY THETRUMP ADMINISTRATION, $1,200 PERADULT, $500 PER CHILD, FOR SOMEWILL BE A BENEFIT.MAY EVEN BE A SMALL BUTIMPORTANT WINDFALL THAT COMESTHEIR WAY.SO BE IT.THAT WORKING FAMILIES ACROSSAMERICA WOULD END UP WITH THISCASH PAYMENT FROM THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION, I DON'T OBJECTTO IT AT ALL.BUT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SAIDTHAT'S ONE AND DONE.THAT'S AN AIR DROP OF CASH TOPEOPLE.WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT WEEK AND THENEXT MONTH?THAT'S WHY WE BROUGHT UP THEUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.NOW, THE $600 FIGURE WE CAME UPWITH WAS AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURETHAT EVERYONE WAS WHOLE AT THEEND OF THE DAY.I WILL CONCEDE YOUR POINT.SOME WORKERS, SOME MAY END UPCOMING OUT AHEAD BECAUSE OF THISCALCULATION, $600 A WEEK.THEY MAY COME OUT AHEAD.I'M NOT GOING TO STAND HERE ANDSAY I FEEL BADLY ABOUT THAT.I DON'T FEEL BADLY ABOUT THAT ATALL.WHEN LESS THAN HALF OF THEPEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE $400 INTHEIR SAVINGS, THE NOTION THATWE MIGHT END UP GIVING PEOPLEANOTHER $1,000 OR $2,000 AT THEEND OF FOUR MONTHS, TO ME THATIS NOT SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO BEASHAMED OF OR RUN AWAY FROM.THAT IS A REAL POSSIBILITY ANDIT MAY HAPPEN.I WILL SUPPORT THAT JUST AS ISUPPORTED THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION'S CASH PAYMENT TOTHAT SAME FAMILY.THEY'RE GOING THROUGH SOME TOUGHTIMES AND THEY HAVE FOR A LONG,LONG TIME.HOW MANY OF US HAVE GIVENSPEECHES ON THIS FLOOR ABOUTINCOME INEQUALITY IN AMERICA ANDSOME OF THE HARDEST WORKINGPEOPLE STILL UNABLE TO MAKE ITPAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK, WEEK TOWEEK.SO LET'S GIVE THEM THAT HELPINGHAND AND NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ITFOR A MINUTE.WE'RE STANDING WITH THESE WORKERAND THEIR -- WORKERS AND THEIRFAMILIES AND I THINK YOU WANT TOAS WELL.THE WAY YOU WANT TO CALCULATE ITWE'RE TOLD IT CANNOT BE DONE.IF CANNOT BE DONE IN A FASHIONTHAT BRINGS RELIEF TO THESEFAMILIES WHEN THEY NEED IT RIGHTNOW.A SENATOR: WOULD THE GENTLEMANYIELD?MR. DURBIN: I'M HAPPY TO YIELDAS SOON AS I FINISH BUT I WANTTO MAKE THIS POINT AS CLEARLY ASI CAN.I BELIEVE THIS IS NOT AWINDFALL.LET'S ASSUME INSTEAD OF $600 AWEEK YOUR CALCULATION MAKES IT$450 A WEEK.SO $150 TIMES 16 WEEKS.THAT'S FOUR MONTHS.HOW MUCH IS THAT GOING TO COMEOUT TO?$2,400.IS THAT GOING TO MEAN THATSOMEONE NOW BECOMES LAZY ANDWON'T GO BACK TO WORK?I DON'T THINK SO.I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL USETHAT MONEY AND NEED THAT MONEYAND ARE GIVEN A HELPING HAND ANDWILL PUT IT RIGHT BACK IN THEECONOMY.THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, THATTHESE FAMILIES CAN KEEP THEIRHOMES, PAY THEIR UTILITY BILLS,PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, AND PUTTHE MONEY BACK INTO THE ECONOMY.THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE'RE TRYINGTO ACHIEVE HERE.IF WE ERR ON THE SIDE OF GIVINGA HARDWORKING FAMILY AN EXTRA$1,000 OR $2,000 BECAUSE OF OURAPPROACH, SO BE IT.NO APOLOGIES.WE DIDN'T DESIGN THE SYSTEM.WE WERE TOLD WE HAD TO WORKWITHIN THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM.WE'VE TRIED TO DO IT.WE THINK THE $600 A WEEK IS AREASONABLE WAY TO DO IT.I'LL YIELD FOR A QUESTION.MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU, SENATOR.THE $600 A WEEK I THINK IF I DOTHE MATH QUICKLY TIMES 16 ISABOUT $9,600 ADD ON TOP OF THEADDITIONAL $1,200 FOR A PERSON,$2,400 PER FAMILY.YOU HAVE HIT ON THE POINT WESHOULD ALL BE WILLING TO AGREEON THAT THE SYSTEMS OFUNEMPLOYMENT THROUGHOUT OURCOUNTRY, PERHAPS ARE WORKING ONANTIQUATED EQUIPMENT THAT MAYNEED TO BE UPDATED SO THAT WECAN IN FACT KEEP PEOPLE WHOLEDURING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT.I WOULD LOVE FOR US TO WORK IN ABIPARTISAN FASHION TO TRY TOFIGURE OUT THROUGH THEDEPARTMENT OF LABOR HOW TO FIXTHE PROBLEM SO THAT THOSE FOLKSWHO DESERVE THE BENEFITS GET ALLTHAT THEY DESERVE BUT THAT WEACTUALLY HAVE A SYSTEM THAT'SNIMBLE ENOUGH FOR US TO MEET THENEEDS STATE BY STATE WITHOUTEXCEEDING THE NEED SO THAT WHENWE'RE IN THIS POSITION AGAIN, ASWE'RE LOOKING AT PHASE FOUR,PHASE FIVE, WE'RE NOT AGAINHAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUTSYSTEMS THAT ARE SO ANTIQUATEDOR PERHAPS EVEN OBSOLETE THATWE'RE DOING SOMETHING THAT WASNOT -- THAT WAS NOT INTENDED.I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE CANGET THAT DONE TONIGHT.I'M NOT EVEN SUGGESTING THAT WECAN GET THAT DONE OVER THE NEXTFEW MONTHS.I AM, HOWEVER, CONCLUDING THATWE SHOULD WORK TO GET IT DONE.MR. DURBIN: I DON'T DISAGREEWITH MY FRIEND FROM SOUTHCAROLINA AT ALL.I AGREE WITH YOU COMPLETELY.WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A NATIONALEMERGENCY.THAT'S NOT MY ANNOUNCEMENT.THAT'S THE ANNOUNCEMENT OFPRESIDENT TRUMP.I BELIEVE IT.WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLENOW FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT,WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HARDSHIPSTHEY'RE FACING, THE LIFESTYLESWHICH THEY HAD TO LIVE TO TRY TOCOMPLY WITH SHELTER IN PLACE ANDALL THE RULES THAT ARE GOING ONHERE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLEFILING THESE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE CLAIMS, THEY TELL USTHE REALITY OF THE SITUATION,THE NOTION AS YOU SAID, JDZ 9,6-- $9,600 TIMES FOUR MONTHS, ITBASICALLY COMES OUT TO $30,000 AYEAR ROUGHLY.THAT'S WHAT THE $600 ISCALCULATED TO MEAN ON AN ANNUALBASIS.SO ON A FOUR-MONTH BASIS IF WEEND UP GIVING PEOPLE AN EXTRATHOUSAND OR $2,000, IT IS NOTINCONSISTENT WITH WHAT THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY WANT TODO WITH THEIR CASH PAYMENT.IN THE MEANTIME, IF WE ARE GOINGTO MOVE FORWARD AND I HOPE THISCRISIS COMES TO AN END QUICKLY,IF WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARDINTO A NEW PHASE, PHASE FOUR,PHASE FIVE, WHATEVER IT IS,LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TOUPGRADE THESE SYSTEMS, TO MAKETHEM WORK THE WAY WE WANT THEMTO WORK.BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WOULDN'T WEWANT TO ERR ON THE SIDE OFSTANDING WITH WORKING FAMILIESAND THEIR EMPLOYEES?WOULDN'T WE WANT TO DO THAT INTHIS FIRST EFFORT?I THINK IT'S REASONABLE ANDTHOUGHTFUL WAY TO DO IT.MR. SCOTT: HAPPY TO ANSWER THATQUESTION IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULDYIELD.MR. DURBIN: I WOULD BE HAPPY TOYIELD FOR A QUESTION FROM THEGENTLEMAN FROM SOUTHCAROLINA.MR. SCOTT: I WOULD SAY ON BOTHSIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WE ARETRYING TO GET TO A POINT WHEREWE ARE IN FACT KEEPING THEAVERAGE PERSON, ESPECIALLY THEWORKING CLASS PEOPLE WHOLE AS WEPONDER AND DISCUSS THISAMENDMENT.WOULD YOU AGREE?MR. DURBIN: OF COURSE.MR. SCOTT: MY FINAL THOUGHT ISTHAT MY GOAL ISN'T TO COME DOWNHERE AND HAVE A DISAGREEMENT ASMUCH AS IT IS TO ILLUMINATE AVERY IMPORTANT PART OF THEPROCESS THAT IF WE CAN GET ITFIXED THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY,THAT AS WE TACKLE THESE ISSUESIN THE FUTURE, MORE FOLKS ONBOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILLHAVE GREATER CONFIDENCE INGIVING THESE RESOURCES TO THESTATES SO THAT OUR PEOPLE CAN BEHELPED.THAT'S ALL I WANTED TO SAY.MR. DURBIN: NO DISAGREEMENT, IWOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROMSOUTH CAROLINA NO DISAGREEMENT,BUT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABORSAYS WE CANNOT DO THAT AT THISMOMENT, AND AT THIS MOMENT WHENPEOPLE ARE HURTING SO BADLY,WHEN THEY HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS,FURLOUGHED, THEY ARE WORRIEDABOUT PAYING THEIR BILLS.THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYSTHEY ARE GOING TO SEND THEM ACASH PAYMENT.WE SAY AND I HOPE IT'S ABIPARTISAN STATEMENT, WE'RE WITHYOU, TOO.IT ISN'T GOING TO END WITH THATONE CASH PAYMENT.WE'RE GOING TO STICK WITH YOUAND MAKE SURE YOUR UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE BENEFITS ARE GOING TOKEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILYTOGETHER.IF BY CHANCE YOU COME OUT ALITTLE BIT AHEAD IN THIS PROCESSWITH THE CASH PAYMENT OR WITHTHIS CALCULATION IN THISFORMULA, SO BE IT.SO BE IT.AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY FACINGTHIS NATIONAL EMERGENCY, WEWOULD RATHER ERR ON THE SIDE OFYOU BEING ABLE TO PAY YOUR BILLSAND KEEPING YOUR FAMILIESTOGETHER.FUTURE NEEDS WE CAN DISCUSS, WECAN DEBATE, WE CAN SEE WHAT WECAN DO WITH THE STATE SYSTEMS.BUT FOR THE TIME BEING NOAPOLOGIES.$600 A WEEK FROM WHERE I AMSTANDING IS EXACTLY WHATDEMOCRATS ARE COMMITTED TO.I HOPE REPUBLICANS AS WELL.BECAUSE OUR BELIEF IS THAT THISIS THE MOMENT WHEN WE NEED TOSTAND WITH THESE WORKERS.I MIGHT SAY I SUPPORT RUBIO ANDCARDIN AND THEIR EFFORTS TO HELPSMALL BUSINESSES.I THINK THAT'S THE RIGHT THINGTO DO.BIPARTISAN FROM THE START ANDREALLY WITHOUT MUCH CONTROVERSY.HAVE WE ASKED ANY OF THOSEBUSINESSES TO PRODUCE NET WORTHSTATEMENTS BEFORE THEY RECEIVETHOSE BENEFITS?NO.WE'RE NOT DOING THAT.WE UNDERSTAND THIS IS ANEXTRAORDINARY MOMENT, AND WE MAYDO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF WE'RETHINKING ABOUT LONG-TERM POLICY,BUT FOR THE IMMEDIATE POLICY,LET US DO THE RIGHT THING.LET'S ERR ON THE SIDE OF HELPINGWORKING FAMILIES WHO ARE OUT OFWORK.AND THAT'S WHY I WOULD OPPOSETHIS AMENDMENT IF IT'S GOING TOBE OFFERED BY THE SENATOR FROMNEBRASKA, AND I CAME TO THEFLOOR TO EXPLAIN HOW WE REACHEDTHIS POINT, AND I HOPE THATOTHERS WILL CONSIDER MY POINT OFVIEW.I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. SASSE: I WOULD JUST SAY THEYBRIEFLY THAT I APPRECIATE THECOMMENTS FROM THE SENATOR FROMILLINOIS EXPLAINING HISPOSITION.IT SEEMS TO ME THAT FROM WHEREHE STARTED, HE SHOULD ACTUALLYBE SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT, ANDTHEN WE SHOULD FIGURE OUT WHATWE WOULD NEED TO DO TO PUSH ONTHE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TOACTUALLY MODERNIZE THEIRSYSTEMS.BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY IN PUBLICSOMETHING THAT HAS BEENNEGOTIATED FOR THE LAST EIGHT ORNINE HOURS, AND WE HAVEN'T BEENABLE TO GET CONVERSATIONPARTNERS REALLY ON THAT SIDE OFTHE AISLE, WHICH ARE YOU AREABSOLUTELY RIGHT THAT THEDEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THEREARE MASSIVE SYSTEM PROBLEMS INTHE STATES.SO GIVEN THAT WE ARE ENTERING ARECESSION AT THIS MOMENT ANDWE'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS ANDLOTS OF NEEDY AMERICANS, THECALLS ON THESE STATE DEPARTMENTSOF UNINSURANCE BENEFITS ARESUBSTANTIAL RIGHT NOW, AND SO IWOULD JUST SAY, TAKING YOU ATGOOD FAITH, THAT YOU'D LIKE TOUPGRADE THESE SYSTEMS SO THAT WECOULD DO THIS THING WHICHDOESN'T ACCIDENTALLY STIMULATEUNEMPLOYMENT BY DISINCENTIVIZINGWORK, I HAVE BEEN TRYING ALLAFTERNOON TO GET PEOPLE ON THATSIDE OF THE AISLE TO SAY HEYMAYBE WE CAN'T GET THIS SOLVEDBY DAY ONE OF THE NEWUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITSOR BY WEEK EIGHT OR NINE MAYBEWE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GETTO A PLACE WHERE THE DEPARTMENTOF LABOR HAD THE RESOURCES TOHELP THESE STATE DEPARTMENT OFUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DEAL WITHTHIS.SO I WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOUOFFLINE BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TOWORK WITH YOU ON TRYING TOUPGRADE THESE SYSTEMS.I HAVE ONE MORE THING TO SAY,BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET IN AWORD, GO AHEAD.MR. DURBIN: I WOULD, AND THENATURE OF THE QUESTION THROUGHTHE CHAIR, WHICH IS THEAPPROPRIATE PROCEDURAL.MR. SASSE: THE PRESIDING OFFICERIS ACTUALLY VERY LIBERAL ONTHIS.MR. DURBIN: THIS IS A DEBATE ONTHE FLOOR OF THE SENATE.IT'S HISTORIC.WE DISAGREE ON ONE PREMISE.I DON'T BELIEVE IN GIVING PEOPLE$1,200 AS THE PRESIDENTSUGGESTED FOR EACH ADULT OR IFTHEY ENDED UP WITH A NET GAINOUT OF OUR APPROACH OF $2,000,THAT WE HAVE NOW TURNED THEMINTO LAZY PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT GOBACK TO WORK, THEY WILL JUSTWAIT FOR THE NEXT GOVERNMENTCHECK.THESE AREN'T THE PEOPLE I KNOW,AND THEY AREN'T THE PEOPLE YOUKNOW.BY AND LARGE, THESE AREHARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO WITH ANADDITIONAL $1,000 MAY FINALLY BEABLE TO BUY THAT REFRIGERATOR,MAY FINALLY BE ABLE TO GET THATCAR FIXED, MAY FINALLY BE ABLETO GET SOME DENTAL WORK DONE.I DON'T THINK PAYING THEM ALITTLE EXTRA HERE IS GOING TOCHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE ANDATTITUDE TOWARD HARD WORK.MR. SASSE: WE WERE AGREEING FORA WHILE, BUT I THINK IT ISPRETTY IMPORTANT HERE TOUNDERSCORE THAT YOUR MATH ISN'TREAL.THE REALITY IS IN LOTS AND LOTSAND LOTS OF STATES IN THECOUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE ARE EARNINNHOUR RIGHT NOW, THE UNEMPLOYMENTOPTION THEY ARE GOING TO BEOFFERED IS GOING TO BE MORE LIKE$24 OR $25 AN HOUR.WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT $1,000OVER THE COURSE OF THESE FOURMONTHS.WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CASES WHEREPEOPLE MIGHT HAVE AN ANNUALIZEDWAGE RIGHT NOW OF $30,000 AND BELOOKING AT AN UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT OF $1,000 A WEEK, WHICHIS $50,000 ANNUALIZED.SO YOUR MATH ISN'T REAL.THE REALITY IS IT ISN'T $600TOTAL.IT'S $600 ON TOP OF WHAT THEUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ALREADYWERE IN THAT STATE.AND SO THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLEWHO ARE STRUGGLING TO WORK HARD,TO LOVE THEIR NEIGHBOR.WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF HEALTHAIDES IN NEBRASKA WHO MAKE $16AN HOUR.THAT'S A $32,000 A YEAR JOB.THEIR WORK IS IMPORTANT.THAT'S A VOCATION.PEOPLE NEED THEM.THERE ARE SICK PEOPLE FROMCOVID-19 AND OTHER DISEASESRIGHT NOW IN NEBRASKA THAT NEEDTHE BENEFIT OF THOSE HEALTHAIDES.AND YOU HAVE JUST TOLD THEM INTHIS BILL, WE HAVE JUST TOLDTHEM IN THIS BILL, YOUR WORK ISA LITTLE BIT IMPORTANT, BUT LOOKAT THIS.YOU COULD MAKE SUBSTANTIALLYMORE MONEY IF YOU DIDN'T DO THEHARD THING OF TRYING TO FIGUREOUT WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR KIDSTODAY WHEN SCHOOL IS CLOSED ANDI DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO DAY CAREAND MY SISTER AGREED TO HELPTAKE CARE OF MY KIDS BUT DO IREALLY PUT THE BURDEN ON HERWHEN I DON'T HAVE TO GO TO WORKFOR THE SAME MONEY?I CAN GET SUBSTANTIALLY MOREMONEY BY GOING ON THEUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM.THAT'S A DISINCENTIVE TO WORKTHAT I DON'T THINK YOU BELIEVEIN, I DON'T BELIEVE IN ANDNOBODY IN MY STATE BELIEVES IN.IT'S NOT A REPUBLICAN VERSUS ADEMOCRATIC ISSUE.THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE.WE BELIEVE IN WORKERS AND WEBELIEVE IN WORK.WE DON'T BELIEVE GOVERNMENTSHOULD COME IN AND SAY IT'S MUCHBETTER OFF TO BE A NONWORKERTHAN A WORKER.YOU CAN MAKE A LOT MORE MONEYBEING A NONWORKER THAN A WORKER.WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT PEOPLEWHO SUFFERED LAYOFFS LAST WEEK.WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CREATING ASYSTEM HERE WHICH WILLINCENTIVIZE MORE UNEMPLOYMENTNEXT WEEK.THAT'S A MISTAKE BY THISCONGRESS AND WE COULD AND WESHOULD BE DOING BETTER THAN THATTONIGHT.I KNOW THE SENATOR FROM TEXASHAS BEEN TRYING TO GET IN, SO,MR. PRESIDENT, I WILL YIELD THEFLOOR.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM TEXAS.MR. CRUZ: THIS BILL WILL PASSUNANIMOUSLY TONIGHT, BUT I THINKTHIS AMENDMENT WILL MAKE ITSUBSTANTIALLY BETTER.I THINK WE WILL SEE A PARTY-LINEVOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT.I THINK THAT'S UNFORTUNATE,BECAUSE THE CONSEQUENCE OF THEUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM INTHIS BILL RIGHT NOW IS WE'REGOING TO SUBSTANTIALLYDISINCENTIVIZE WORK, AND IT'SGOING TO HURT WORKERS, IT'SGOING TO HURT SMALL BUSINESSES.LET ME GIVE YOU A CONCRETEEXAMPLE.IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW, THE MAXIMUMUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS $521 AWEEK.AFTER THIS BILL PASSES, THATWILL RISE FROM $521 A WEEK TOTO 1,121 A WEEK.THAT IS JUST OVER $58,000 AYEAR.THAT MEANS IN THE STATE OFTEXAS, WE'RE GOING TO BE PAYINGPEOPLE, OFFERING THEM BASICALLYBASICALLY $28 AN HOUR NOT TOWORK.NOW, LISTEN, EVERY ONE OF USRECOGNIZE PEOPLE ARE HURTING.THE PROBLEM IS THE INCENTIVE.WE'RE CREATING AN INCENTIVE THATWILL HURT SMALL BUSINESSES.IF YOU HAVE GOT A WAITER OR AWAITRESS WHO HAS LOST THEIR JOBFOR A FEW WEEKS, THEY ARE ONUNEMPLOYMENT AND THEY ARE MAKIN,SUDDENLY THE PROSPECT OF GOINGBACK TO THAT JOB AND SEEING THEMONEY THEY ARE MAKING GOING DOWNSUBSTANTIALLY, THAT DOESN'T SEEMTOO ATTRACTIVE.SUDDENLY THE RESTAURANT OWNERTHAT'S TRYING TO MAKE THE SMALLBUSINESS WORK CAN'T ATTRACTTHOSE WORKERS BACK, AND THAT'SBAD FOR EVERYONE.INCENTIVES MATTER.WE WANT PEOPLE TO WORK.AND SO I WOULD ASK THE SENATORFROM ILLINOIS, YOU SAID THEPROBLEM WITH IMPLEMENTING THISPRINCIPLE, THAT WE SHOULDN'T PAYPEOPLE MORE NOT TO WORK THANTHEY MAKE WORKING, YOU SAID THEPROBLEM WAS ADMINISTRATIVE, THATTHE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THESTATES COULDN'T DO IT.WOULD THE SENATOR AGREE WITHTHIS AMENDMENT AND WOULD THEDEMOCRATIC PARTY AGREE WITH THISAMENDMENT IF IT SIMPLY HADLANGUAGE INSERTED TO THE BESTEXTENT PRACTICABLE?SO ACKNOWLEDGING THAT IT MAY NOTBE PRACTICABLE, BUT WOULD YOUAGREE WITH THE PRINCIPLE THAT INIMPLEMENTING THIS, THE STATESAND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABORSHOULD TRY TO MAKE SURE WE'RENOT PAYING PEOPLE MORE NOT TOWORK THAN THEY WOULD MAKE IFTHEY WERE WORKING?MR. DURBIN: IS THAT A QUESTIONDIRECTED TO ME THROUGH THECHAIR?MR. CRUZ: I WILL YIELD TO THESENATOR FROM ILLINOIS.MR. DURBIN: LET ME SAY AT THEOUTSET, WE ARE TALKING ABOUTPEOPLE WHO DID NOT VOLUNTARILYLEAVE THEIR JOBS.THESE PEOPLE DID NOT VOLUNTARILYLEAVE THEIR JOBS.THEY WERE TERMINATED.THEY WERE LAID OFF.THEY WERE FURLOUGHED.THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO AREGAMING A SYSTEM.THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE VICTIMSOF THE SYSTEM THAT IS HURT BYTHIS NATIONAL EMERGENCY.AND SECONDLY, IF WE ARE ERRINGON THE SIDE OF GIVINGSTRUGGLING, HARDWORKING FAMILIESAN ADDITIONAL $1,000 A MONTH,$1,000 A MONTH, FOR GOODNESSSAKES, I'M NOT GOING TOAPOLOGIZE FOR A MOMENT.THESE PEOPLE ARE LIVING PAYCHECKTO PAYCHECK IN MANY RESPECTS IFTHEY ARE MAKING $15 AN HOUR,THAT'S $30,000 A YEAR.AND FOR US TO SAY WELL, THEY AREGOING TO END UP WITH A THOUSANDBUCKS NOW, THEY WILL NEVER GOBACK TO WORK, THOSE PEOPLE, IDON'T BELIEVE THAT.AND WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED INTHIS WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA ANDSUCH BY NURSES WHO SAY SO YOUTHINK WE'RE GOING TO QUIT OURJOBS SO THAT WE CAN TAKE ON --TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?NO.WE GO TO OUR JOBS AND DO WHAT WEHAVE TO DO AN THE AMOUNT OFMONEY IS SECONDARY.I WOULD JUST SAY THIS.YES, IN THIS RESPECT, I AGREEWITH YOU.TAKE A LOOK AT THE STATE SYSTEMSOF PAYING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.WE ARE TOLD BY THE U.S.DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MANY OF THEMARE WAY BEHIND THE MODERNTECHNOLOGY AND CANNOT MEET WHATYOU HAVE STATED AS YOUR GOALHERE.IF WE WANT TO WORK TOWARD THATGOAL OF IMPROVING THOSE STATESYSTEMS, AS SENATOR SCOTT SAIDEARLIER, I WILL JOIN YOU IN THATEFFORT, BUT LET'S NOT APOLOGIZEFOR PERHAPS SENDING AN EXTRA$1,000.ONE LAST POINT.WE'RE ASKING THESE PEOPLE TOSTAY HOME.WE'RE ASKING THEM TO HELP USDEFEAT THIS VIRUS BY NOTWORKING.STAY WITH YOUR FAMILY.SO ONE OF THE INCENTIVES HERE,IF THERE IS A GOOD UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT COMING IN, IS THAT THEYCAN KEEP THEIR FAMILIES TOGETHERWHILE THEY OBEY THIS DIRECTIVEAT LEAST FROM GOVERNMENT STATETO FEDERAL.MR. CRUZ: SO THESE QUARANTINESARE GOING TO END.THE PERIOD OF STAYING AT HOME ISGOING TO END, BUT UNDER THEPOLICY FAVORED BY THE DEMOCRATICSENATORS, THERE IS GOING TO BEAN INCENTIVE THAT'S GOING TO ENDUP WITH MORE PEOPLE BEINGUNEMPLOYED.LET'S SAY YOU ARE A RESTAURANTOWNER AND IF YOU KEEP YOUREMPLOYEES ON, MAYBE THROUGH ASMALL BUSINESS LOAN, YOU CAN PAYTHEM, SAY, $10 OR $11 OR $15 ANHOUR, WHATEVER YOU ARE PAYING.BUT IF YOU LET THEM GO, THEY CANGO ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND MAKE AWHOLE LOT MORE MONEY.YOU DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ALOT OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSTHAT HAVE THEIR EMPLOYEES SAYWAIT A SECOND, I CAN MAKE MOREMONEY?THAT'S A BAD INCENTIVE.WE WANT TO CREATE INCENTIVES.I AGREE PEOPLE WANT TO WORK, BUTGOVERNMENT CAN MESS THAT UP.IF WE MAKE IT MORE PROFITABLE, IWOULD MUCH RATHER -- LOOK, THECHECKS WE'RE SENDING, THE $1,200A PERSON, THAT DOESN'T CREATE ANINCENTIVE.IT'S NOT $1,200 IF YOU DO XCONDUCT.WE WANT INCENTIVES THAT BRINGPEOPLE BACK TO WORK SO THATTHESE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARECLOSING THEIR DOORS EVERY DAYDON'T STAY CLOSED.THEY OPEN UP AGAIN.THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITY AGAIN, ANDIT IS A PERVERSE INCENTIVE TOPAY PEOPLE MORE NOT TO WORK THANTO WORK.YES, WE SHOULD HELP THEM, BUT WESHOULDN'T TRACK THEM, AND THAT'SWHAT THIS POLICY --MR. DURBIN: WILL THE SENATORYIELD FOR A QUESTION?I AM SURE THE SENATOR IS ACUTELYAWARE OF THIS, THIS IS AFOUR-MONTH PROGRAM.WE ARE NOT OFFERING PEOPLE THISBENEFIT INDEFINITELY.I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE TO RENEWIT.BUT TO SAY I'M GOING TO GIVE UPMY LIFESTYLE AND RETURNING TOTHE PLACE WHERE I WORK FOREVERWHERE I WAS JUST LAID OFFBECAUSE THEY CLOSED THERESTAURANT, BECAUSE OF AFOUR-MONTH PROGRAM, I DON'TTHINK SO.I THINK PEOPLE ARE MORE LOYAL TOTHE WORKPLACE IF THEY ARETREATED FAIRLY, AND IF WE END UPGIVING THEM AN ADDITIONAL $1,000MONTH AT THE END OF THE DAY, ITHINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TODO.MR. CRUZ: THE INCENTIVES MATTER.AND WE DON'T WANT TO DELAY ARECOVERY FROM THIS CRISIS BYFOUR MONTHS.HOPEFULLY WE STOP THIS GLOBALPANDEMIC AND WE STOP IT SOON.YOU DON'T KNOW HOW SOON THATWILL BE.I DON'T KNOW.AND ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THISBILL IS WE'RE FLOODING MORERESOURCES, AND WE SHOULD BE,INTO TESTING AND TO PREVENTATIVEGEAR, INTO VENTILATORS.THERE IS A LOT WE NEED TO DO TOSTOP THIS PANDEMIC.BUT WHEN IT ENDS -- AND IT WILLEND -- WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.WE WANT PEOPLE TO GO BACK TOWORK.NOT FOUR MONTHS FROM NOW.WE WANT THEM TO GO BACK TO WORKAS SOON AS THEY ARE ABLE TO GOBACK TO WORK.AND THAT'S WHAT OUR ECONOMYNEEDS TO BE STRONG.I WOULD NOTE AGAIN THAT I POSEDA QUESTION TO THE SENATOR OFILLINOIS, WOULD HE TAKE AMODIFICATION THAT ACKNOWLEDGEDTHE ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS BUTSAID THIS IS THE PRINCIPLE WESHOULD FOLLOW, THAT YOUSHOULDN'T BE PAID MORE NOT TOWORK THAN YOU ARE PAID TO WORK,AND THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOISDIDN'T ANSWER THAT.MR. DURBIN: WILL THE SENATORYIELD FOR A QUESTION?DOES THE SENATOR SUPPORT THETRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S CASHPAYMENT TO THESE FAMILIES WHICHCOMES TO THEM WHETHER THEY WORKOR NOT?MR. CRUZ: I DO, I'M GOING TOVOTE FOR IT, BUT IT DOESN'TCREATE AN INCENTIVE, BECAUSEIT'S NOT -- THIS IS WHERE TOOMANY IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTYDON'T UNDERSTAND THE INCENTIVESOF TRAPPING PEOPLE OUT OF WORK.INCENTIVES ARE FUTURE LOOKING.SENDING THESE CHECKS RIGHT NOW,IF YOU ARE MAKING -- IF YOU MAKE$75,000 OR LESS, YOU ARE GOINGTO GET A CHECK IN THE MAIL INTHE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.THAT'S HELP AND RELIEF, BUT ITDOESN'T CREATE AN INCENTIVE FORCONDUCT TOMORROW.WHAT I DON'T WANT IS PEOPLE TOBE SITTING THERE MAKING ACHOICE.MAKE A VERY RATIONAL CHOICE.LOOK, IF YOU'RE SITTING THEREAND SAYING, GOSH, I CAN MAKE ALOT MORE MONEY STAYING AT HOMEWITH MY KIDS AND NOT WORKINGTHAN IF I GO BACK TO THE JOB,THAT'S NOT AN IRRATIONALDECISION IF YOU ARE MAKING 28BUCKS AN HOUR TO STAY AT HOME.WE'RE CAUSING THAT PROBLEM IFWE'RE INCENTIVIZING PEOPLE NOTTO WORK, AND THAT'S NOTULTIMATELY IN THEIR INTERESTS ORIN THE ECONOMY'S INTEREST.THIS IS HURTING WORKERS, TO PAYTHEM MORE NOT TO WORK THAN THEYWOULD MAKE IF THEY WERE WORKING.I DON'T THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP'SCASH PAYMENT AR AN ADDITIONAL$1,000 ANOINTS OR WHATEVER IT ISUNDER THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITIS GOING TO TO MAKE A WORKERLAYS DID I ANDGOVERNMENT-DEPENDENT.THESE ARE NOT THE PEOPLE I KNOW.NIECE ARE PEOPLE WHO GET UP ANDWORK HARD EVERY DARN DAY.IF THEY GET AN EXTRA HELPINGHAND OUT OF THIS, SO BE IT.WE'RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH AHEALTH CRISIS AND HELP THESEFAMILIES GET THROUGH IT.THAT'S WHERE WE STARTED ON THISSIDE.AISLE.WE MAY TALK ABOUT SOMETHING INTHE FUTURE AND APPROACH IT ALITTLE DIFFERENTLY, BUT I DON'TTHINK IT MAKES THEM LAYS DID ITO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT'S CASHPAYMENT OR TO RECEIVE AN EXTRAPAYMENT FROM THIS UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT.MR. CRUZ: SO, WITH RESPECT,THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS ISSUGGESTING THIS IS SOMEHOW SOMENEGATIVE MORAL JUDGMENT, THAT ITMAKES THEM LAYS DID I.EXACTLY THE CONTRARY.I SAY PEOPLE BEHAVE BORG TONATIONAL INCENTIVES R LOOK, OURGIRLS ARE 11 AND 8 AT HOME.WE HAVE INCENTIVES ALL THE TIME.POSITIVE INCENTIVES, NEGATIVEINCENTIVES.INCENTIVES WORK.WE DO WANT TO CREATE A SYSTEMWHERE SOMEONE BEING PERFECTLYRATIONAL AND REASONABLE CAN SAY,GOSH, I CAN MAKE A LOT MOREMONEY FOR MY FAMILY STAYING HOMETHAN I CAN GO TO WORK.IF I GO TO WORK, MY FAMILY MAKESLESS MONEY.THAT'S A QUESTION OF THEGOVERNMENT IS PUTTING ME IN APOSITION WHERE IF I WANT TO CAREFOR MY KIDS, I CAN DO A BETTERJOB OF THAT BY STAYING HOME.THAT IS REALLY FOOLISH, ANDTHAT, UNFORTUNATELY, IS THEPOSITION RIGHT NOW OF WHAT IEXPECT TO BE THE DEMOCRATICSENATORS WHO WILL VOTE NO ONTHIS.THAT IS A BAD POLICY FORWORKERS.IT'S A BAD POLICY FOR SMALLBUSINESSES.IT'S A BAD POLICY FOR THEECONOMY.WE SHOULD SUPPORT JOBS, NOTPAYING PEOPLE NOT TO WORK.GIVE THEM A SAFETY NET, YES.GIVE THEM RELIEF, YES.BUT DON'T CREATE INCENTIVES THATMAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE, ANDTHAT'S WHAT THIS DEMOCRATICPOLICY WILL DO.I YIELD THE FLOOR.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM DELAWARE SPOKEFIRST.MR. CARPER: THANK YOU.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: AND HEIS RECOGNIZED.MR. CARPER: THANK YOU VERYMUCH.TO MY COLLEAGUES, I THINK THESENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINAKNOWS THAT IS I HAVE GREATRESPECT FOR HIM.I USED TO BE STATE TREASURER.I WAS ELECTED AT TENDER AGE OF29.WE HAD THE WORST CREDIT RATINGIN THE COUNTRY.WE COULDN'T BALANCE OUR BUDGETSTO SAVE OUR SOULS.WE HAD PRETTY MUCH NO MONEY INTHE UNINSURANCE FUND.OVER TIME WE STRAIGHTENED OUTOUR FINANCES.ELECTED A GUY NAMED PETEDuPONT AS OUR GOVERNOR.WE LETTERED HOW TO WORKTOGETHER, SOMETHING WE CALLEDTHE DELAWARE WAY.AND LATER ON I GOT TO BEGOVERNOR, SUCCEEDED MIKE CASTLE,BUT I WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THENATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION.EVEN LET ME BE CHAIRMAN FOR AWHILE.I WAS THE LEAD DEMOCRATICGOVERNOR ON WELFARE REFORM WHENI WAS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONALGOVERNORS ASSOCIATION.I WAS RAISED IN A COAL MININGTOWN IN WEST VIRGINIA.WE -- PARENTS, NOT MUCH MONEY,DEEP FAITH, HARD WORK.AND MY DAD USED TO SAY TO MYSISTER AND ME, I DON'T CARE IFYOU HAVE TO WORK THREE JOBS TOPAY YOUR BILLS.WORK THREE JOBS.THAT'S REALLY THE WAY I WASRAISED.AND I SUSPECT MOST OF US HEREWERE RAISED THAT WAY.STRONG WORTH ETHIC.WHEN I WAS INVOLVED AS THE LEADDEMOCRATIC SENATOR ON WELFAREREFORM, I USED TO SAY PEOPLEOUGHT TO BE BETTER OFF WORKINGTHAN THEY ARE ON WELFARE.BILL CLINTON SAID THAT OFTEN.I REALLY BELIEVE THAT.THE THING THAT WAS WRONG WITHOUR WELFARE SYSTEM IS PEOPLEWERE ACTUALLY BETTER 0 OFSTAYING HOME THAN THEY WEREWORKING.KIND OF SAME PRINCIPLE WE'RETALKING ABOUT HERE.EVERY STATE HAS ITS OWNUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FUND.WE HAVE ONE IN DELAWARE.WE HAVE ONE IN NEBRASKA, ONE INTEXAS, ONE IN ILLINOIS.THEY'RE DIFFERENT, AND DIFFERENTBENEFITS ARE CALCULATED INDIFFERENT STATES.AND IN DELAWARE, THE -- I JUSTGOT OFF THE PHONE, COLLEAGUES,WITH A FELLOW NAMED SIRHAN COBB.HE IS NOW SECRETARY OF LABOR.I SAID, SIRHAN -- MR. SECRETARY,WHAT DO WE PAY PEOPLE INDELAWARE ON UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE?WHAT'S THE REPLACEMENT RATE?HE SAYS IT'S SOMEWHERE BETWEEN25% AND 50% OF WHAT PEOPLE WEREEARNING.BUT HE SAID, THERE IS A $400 CAPPER MONTH -- OR PER WEEK.A $400 CAP PER WEEK ON THEBENEFITS THAT WE WILL PAYANYBODY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEYWERE MAKING.$400 A WEEK.AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, $400A WEEK FOR FOUR WEEKS IS LIKE$1,600 A MONTH.ADD TO THAT THE $600 BENEFIT ANDWE'RE TALKING ABOUT $2,200 PERMONS.IF SOMEBODY IS WORKING FULL-TIME-- EXCUSE ME, BUT IF YOU ADD THENUMBERS, IF YOU ADD THE NUMBERS,I'M NOT SURE WE END UP WITH $24PER HOUR IN DELAWARE.IT MIGHT BE THE CASE, BUT IWOULD HAVE TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS.MY SECRETARY OF LABOR SAID HETHOUGHT THAT THE NUMBER THATWE'RE LOOKING AT HERE WASSOMETHING LIKE $13 AN HOUR INDELAWARE WHEN YOU ADD IT ALL INAS OPPOSED TO $24.SO WE'LL GO BACK -- I'LL GO BACKAND DO OUR MATH.MR. SASSE: WILL THE GENTLEMANYIELD?MR. CARPER: HAPPY TO YIELD.MR. SASSE: I DON'T THINK ANYOF US BELIEVE THAT A MATH DEBATEIS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WAY TOSPEND OUR TIME IN THE SENATE.BUT $400, ADD $600, IS $1,000 AWEEK.THAT'S $25 AN HOUR IN A 40-HOURWEEK.I DON'T KNOW HOW I EXPLAIN THAT,THAT YOU'RE NOW GOING TO THE PAYTHEM $25 IF THEY BECOMEUNINSURED.THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS SAIDTHIS IS A PROGRAM ONLY FORPEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLUNTARILYSEPARATED.IF THAT'S THE WAY THE PROGRAMWORKED, IT WOULD BE GREAT.BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT'S NOTHOW IT WORKS.HOW IT ACTUALLY WORKS IS ONCEYOU CREATE A DISINCENTIVE TOWORK, EMPLOYERS REGULARLY WORKWITH EMPLOYEES TO SAY, I KIND OFWOULD LIKE TO DRIVE YOU OFF THESYSTEM.I THINK YOU SHOULD REALIZE THISWOULD BE BETTER FOR YOU IF YOUCASUALIZE IT.THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS.MR. CARPER: I'LL GO BACK ANDREENGAGE IN OUR SECRETARY OFLABOR AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE OURMATHREAVEMENT THE OTHER POINT HEMADE.I ASKED HIM HOW HARD WOULD IT BETO ADMINISTER?IS IT SOMETHING WE COULD STANDUP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS ORMONTHS?HE SAID THIS WAS WOULD NOT BE ANEASY THING ADMINISTRATIVELY TODO.AND AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE ANXIOUSTO GET THE BENEFIT OUT THE DOORNUCLEAR A HURRY, THIS WOULD NOTBE EASY.ONE OF THE PEOPLE I TALKED TOLAST WEEK WHEN WE WERE TRYING TOFIGURE OUT REALLY WHAT KIND OFBIG PACKAGE -- LEGISLATIVEPACKAGE NUMBER THREE SHOULD BE,LEON PANETTA IS ONE OF THEPEOPLE I TALKED TO.HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE THREE "T'S"-- TIMELY, TARGETED, ANDTEMPORARY.THOSE ARE THE THREE THAT HETALKED ABOUT.AND TIMELY MEANS LIKE MAKINGSURE WE FIGURE, CALCULATE THEDEFINED BENEFIT BUT BE ABLE TOTURN APPEARED AND MAY IT IN ATIMELY WAY.AND WHAT I GATHERED FROM MYSECRETARY OF LABOR IS WE'RE NOTGOING TO BE ABLE TO INCORPORATEWHAT THEY'RE DOING AT THE STATELEVEL.FEED INTO THAT THE FEDERALBENEFIT INTO A TIMELY WAY.I THINK IF WE COULD DO THAT,YOU'D HAVE PROBABLY A FAIRAMOUNT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.BUT IT'S THAT DELAY AND WE JUSTDON'T KNOW HOW LONG THAT DELAYWOULD BE.THIS IS -- TED KENNEDY USED TOSIT BEHIND ME WHEN I FIRST CAMETO THE SENATE.AND I KNEW SOME SENATORS -- DICKDURBIN, HE AND I SERVED IN THEHOUSE TOGETHER.OTHER PEOPLE HAD BEEN GOVERNORSTOGETHER.I DIDN'T KNOW TED KENNEDY.I SAID I'M NEW HERE IN THESENATE.I DON'T KNOW YOU VERY WELL.WHAT I WAS DOING WAS GOING TOMEET WITH -- HAVE A CUP OFCOFFEE WITH THE SENATORS IDIDN'T KNOW WELL.AND I ASKED IF I COULD MAYBEHAVE A CUP OF COFFEE WITH HIM.HE SAID, WE'LL DO BETTER THANTHAT.COME TO MY HIDEAWAY AND WE'LLHAVE LUNCH TOGETHER.I SAID, THAT'S GREAT.TWO WEEKS LATER WE HAD LUNCHTOGETHER.AND HIS HIDEAWAY WAS LIKE AKENNEDY MUSEUM.AN AMAZING PLACE.I ASKED HIM, HOW IS IT THAT SOMANY REPUBLICANS HERE WANT YOU,TED KENNEDY, THE MOST LIBERALDEMOCRAT MAYBE WE HAD AT THETIME, HOW MANY -- THEY WANT YOUTO BE THEIR LEAD COSPONSOR ONTHEIR BILLS?WHY IS THAT?HE SAID I'M ALWAYS WILLING TOCOMPROMISE ON POLICY, NEVERWILLING TO COMPROMISE ONPRINCIPLE.I THINK THAT THE POLICY HERE ISTHAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYEDAND THEY NEED HELP, WE WANT TOHELP THEM, WE HELP THEM IN ATIMELY WAY.MR. CRUZ: WOULD THE SENATORYIELD FOR A QUESTION?MR. CARPER: LET ME FINISH MYTHOUGHT AND I'D BE HAD AESPECIALLY TO.BUT, IN A TIMELY WAY.AND I'M JUST CONCERNED -- SECONDCONCERN ALONG WITH MY FIRSTCONCERN.AIM JUST CONCERNED THAT THE IDEATO DEAL WITH THIS IN A TIMELYWAY IS GOING TO BE DIMINISHED,MAYBE SIGNIFICANTLY.WE JUST HONESTLY DON'T KNOW.I AM HAPPY TO YIELD.MR. CRUZ: A QUESTION FOR THESENATOR.YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE CONCERNEDABOUT IMPLEMENTATION, THAT IS ITMAY NOT BE TIMELY AT THE STATELEVEL TO IMPLEMENT THIS.I THINK JUST PRIOR TO WHEN YOUCAME TO THE FLOOR I SUGGESTED APOSSIBLE AMENDMENT TO THESENATOR FROM NEBRASKA'SAMENDMENT THAT WOULD ADD AQUALIFIER OR SOMETHING LIKE TOTHE BEST EXTENT PRACTICAL, SO ITDOESN'T SLOW THE PROGRAM DOWN,BUT IT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT BOTHTHE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THESTATES SHOULD ENDEAVOR TOIMPLEMENT THIS IN A WAY THATENSURES PEOPLE DON'T GET PAIDMORE NOT TO WORK THAN TO WORK,AND SO IT PUTS A QUALIFIER.NOW, YOU JUST SUGGESTED THEREMIGHT BE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT.WOULD THE SENATOR FROM DELAWAREBE AMENABLE TO SUCH A CHANGE?MR. CARPER: I WOULD BE HAPPYTO DISCUSS THAT WITH YOU ONLINEAND BE BETTER ABLE TO UNDERSTANDIT.I WASN'T HERE WHAT YOU SPOKE.I YIELD THE FLOOR.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM MICHIGAN.MR. PETERS: THANK YOU, MR.PRESIDENT.FOR OVER 200 YEARS THE AMERICANPEOPLE HAVE SHOWN RESILIENCE INTHE FACE OF GREAT CHALLENGES,FROM CIVIL WARS, TOINTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS AND,YES, PANDEMICS.WE HAVE FACED THESE CHALLENGESUNITED AND WITH RESOLVE.LIKE THE CHALLENGES OF THE PAST,THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICIS A CRISIS THAT TOGETHER WE CANAND WE WILL OVERCOME.AS THE CASES OF COVID-19INCREASE EACH DAY, MY TOPPRIORITY IS PROTECTING THEHEALTH AND THE SAFETY OFMICHIGANDERS AND PEOPLE ALLACROSS THIS NATION.THERE'S NO DOUBT WE'RE FACING ANUNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC HEALTHEMERGENCY AND AN ECONOMIC CRISISAT THE SAME TIME.FAMILIES IN MY STATE OF MICHIGANAND AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THISCOUNTRY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIRHEALTH AND THEIR SAFETY ANDWHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TOBE ABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET DURINGTHIS EMERGENCY.WE MUST ACT QUICKLY TO PROVIDERELIEF FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIESAND SMALL BUSINESSES AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS.AND EVEN AS WE MOVE WITH THEURGENCY THAT THIS DIFFICULT TIMEDEMANDS, WE MUST ENSURE THATTHIS BILL IS DONE RIGHT AND THATWE'RE GETTING THE RIGHT HELP TOTHE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST.WE MUST ACT AGGRESSIVELY AND NOWWE MUST DO EVERYTHING TO PROVIDERELIEF TO WORKERS AND FAMILIESIN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THECOUNTRY.AMERICANS ARE FACING ANUNPRECEDENTED PERSONAL HEALTHAND FINANCIAL CHALLENGE.WORKERS IN MY HOME STATE OFMICHIGAN, WHO ARE FORCED TO STAYHOME FROM WORK DUE TO THECORONAVIRUS, SHOULDN'T NEED TOWORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEYCAN PAY THEIR BILLS OR PUT FOODON THEIR TABLE.THAT'S WHY I AUTHOREDLEGISLATION THAT'S INCLUDED INTHIS PACKAGE BEFORE THE SENATETO EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENTASSISTANCE.WE'VE NEVER HAD UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS IN RESPONSE TO A PUBLICHEALTH CRISIS, BUT WE HAVE NEVERSEEN AN EMERGENCY ON THE SCALEOF WHAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW.WE MUST SUPPORT WORKERS WHO ARENOT RECEIVING A PAYCHECK OR HAVEBEEN LAID OFF DUE TOCORONAVIRUS.THAT'S WHY I FOUGHT TO CREATE ANUNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATIONPROGRAM TO PROVIDE FEDERALLYFUNDED BENEFITS TO PEOPLE WHOARE UNABLE TO WORK DURING THISPANDEMIC.IT WOULD EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS TO WORKERS WHO HAVEEXHAUSTED THEIR STATEUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND ITWOULD MAKE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSAVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO DON'TUSUALLY QUALIFY, INCLUDING SMALLBUSINESS OWNERS, FREELANCEWRITERS AND WORKERS, INDEPENDENTCONTRACTORS, SEASONAL WORKERS,AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECENTLYSTARTED OR WERE ABOUT TO START ANEW JOB.AND IT PROVIDES WORKERS WITHEXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCESO THAT HARDWORKING FAMILIES CANHAVE SOME CERTAINTY THAT THEYCAN STAY AFLOAT FINANCIALLYDURING THIS CRISIS THAT ISLIKELY TO LAST A WHILE.OUR SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEENHIT ESPECIALLY HARD, AND SOMEARE AT RISK OF HAVING TO CLOSETHEIR DOORS OR LAY OFF THEIREMPLOYEES.OUR SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THEBACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND THEYNEED SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER.THAT'S WHY I WORKED WITH MYCOLLEAGUES ON THE SMALL BUSINESSCOMMITTEE TO CRAFT LEGISLATIONTO EXPAND FUNDING AVAILABLE FORSMALL BUSINESS LOANS, AND AS ARESULT OF THOSE EFFORTS, THISPACKAGE NOW INCREASES THEFUNDING FOR THE POPULAR ANDSUCCESSFUL 7-A SMALL BUSINESSLOANS TO $350 BILLION.I ALSO PRESSED FOR ADDITIONALFUNDING, $240 MILLION, FOR SMALLBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS ANDWOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTERS THATINCREASE THE FUNDING FORMINORITY BUSINESS CENTERS ASWELL.THESE FUNDS WILL GO A LONG WAYTOWARD HELPING SMALL BUSINESSESPAY THEIR RENT AND KEEP THEIRLIGHTS ON.THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDESSIGNIFICANTLY MORE FUNDING THATWILL GO TO OUR HOSPITALS ANDHEALTH CARE SYSTEM.THIS FUNDING WILL ENSURE THATOUR OVERSTRETCHED HOSPITALS CANMAKE UP FOR LOST REVENUE, KEEPTHEIR DOORS OPEN, AND MAKEPAYROLL FOR THE DEDICATEDNURSES, DOCTORS, AND HEALTH CAREPROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ON THEFRONT LINES FIGHTING DAY IN ANDDAY OUT TO STOP THIS PANDEMIC.I'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITHTHE HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS IN MICHIGAN, AND THEYCANNOT STRESS HOW CRITICAL THISFUNDING IS TO THEIR ABILITY TOCONTINUE PROVIDING THE CARE ANDCOMFORT DURING THIS PANDEMIC.I WILL KEEP FIGHTING TO ENSURETHAT THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES,THE SUPPLIES, THE GLOVES, THEMASKS, AND THE MEDICAL EQUIPMENTTHAT THEY NEED TO PROTECTTHEMSELVES AND THEIR PATIENTSFROM CORONAVIRUS.FINALLY, AS THE RANKING MEMBEROF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ANDGOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, IWORK CLOSELY WITH CHAIRMAN RONJOHNSON TO ENSURE THAT THISLEGISLATION HAS STRONG OVERSIGHTPROVISIONS IN PLACE.WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FUNDS WEARE AUTHORIZING OR GOING TO THEPEOPLE -- ARE GOING TO THEPEOPLE, THE SMALL BUSINESSES,AND THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERSWHO NEED THEM THE MOST.OUR OVERSIGHT PROVISION CREATESA PANDEMIC RESPONSEACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE, ABOARD THAT IS MADE UP OF AGENCYWATCHDOGS WOULD WILL BE CHARGEDWITH AUDITING AND INVESTIGATINGTHE ADMINISTRATION'S CORONAVIRUSRESPONSE EFFORTS AND HOWAMERICANS' HARD EARNED TAXDOLLARS ARE BEING USED TOADDRESS THIS SERIOUS CRISIS.WE ARE ALSO REQUIRING THEGOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE OFFICE TOAUDIT WHERE THESE FUNDS AREGOING AND KEEP CONGRESS AND THEAMERICAN PEOPLE UP TO DATETHROUGH REAL TIME PUBLICLYAVAILABLE REPORTS.THIS MODEL WAS USED TOSUCCESSFULLY TRACK SPENDING FROMTHE 2009 RECOVERY ACT DURING THEGREAT RECESSION.AND I WAS PROUD TO WORK WITH MYREPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN TO GET THISIMPORTANT ACCOUNTABILITY MEASUREINCLUDED IN THIS BILL.THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT STEPFORWARD TO ADDRESSING THISCRISIS HEAD-ON AND ENSURE OURNATION CAN GET BACK ON TRACKONCE WE HAVE ADDRESSED THESERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT ANDTHE RESULTING ECONOMIC CRISIS ASWELL.IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP BUT IT'SNOT THE LAST ACTION WE'LL NEEDTO TAKE BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC ISOVER.I'M GOING TO DO EVERYTHINGPOSSIBLE TO CONTINUE WORKINGWITH MY COLLEAGUES IN ABIPARTISAN MANNER TO ENSUREMICHIGAN COMMUNITIES ANDFAMILIES HAVE THE RESOURCES ANDTHE SUPPORT THAT THEYDESPERATELY NEED.I WILL ALSO CONTINUE WORKINGCLOSELY WITH MICHIGAN GOVERNORGRETCHEN WHITMER.IT WHETHER CONTINUE TO TAKE EACHAND EVERY ONE OF US DOING OURPART AND WORKING TOGETHER TOPREVENT THE SPREAD OF THISPANDEMIC, PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTHAND CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THISECONOMIC CRISIS.TOGETHER, MR. PRESIDENT, I KNOWTHAT WE WILL GET THROUGH THISAND WE WILL COME OUT STRONGER ONTHE OTHER SIDE.I YIELD THE FLOOR.A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM VERMONT.MR. SANDERS: THANK YOU.MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME BE VERYHONEST AND TELL YOU THAT THEREIS MUCH IN THIS BILL AND WE HAVENOT YET SEEN THE PRINTOUT YET,BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT, I'MESPECIALLY CONCERNED THAT THEADMINISTRATION WILL BE ABLE TOEXPEND $500 BILLION IN VIRTUALLYANY WAY THEY WANT, ANYCORPORATION THEY WANT WITHVIRTUALLY NO STRINGS ATTACHED.THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT A TIME OFMASSIVE INCOME AND WEALTHINEQUALITY DO NOT WANT MORECORPORATE WELFARE AND THEY DONOT WANT POLICIES WHICH WILLALLOW CORPORATIONS IN SOME CASESTO RECEIVE LOANS OR GRANTS ANDTHEN DO STOCK BUYBACKS TO ENRICHTHEIR STOCKHOLDERS, PROVIDEDIVIDENDS OR MAYBE RAISE THECOMPENSATION BENEFITS OF THEIRALREADY WEALTHY C.E.O.'S.WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANTRIGHT NOW IS FOR US TO USE OURTAXPAYER DOLLARS IN EVERY WAYTHAT WE CAN TO PROTECT THEWORKING FAMILIES OF THISCOUNTRY, PROTECT THE MIDDLECLASS, TO PROTECT THE 50% OF OURPEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING PAYCHECKTO PAYCHECK.AND AS WE SPEAK TONIGHT, HALF OFOUR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THERICHEST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORYOF THE WORLD, ARE LIVINGPAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.AND THEY WAKE UP IN THE MORNINGAND THEY'RE SAYING, YOU KNOWWHAT?I CAN BARELY MAKE IT ON THEPAYCHECK THAT I GOT BECAUSE I'MMAKING $12, 13, 14 BUCKS AN HOURAND NOW THAT HAS STOPPED.HOW AM I GOING TO PAY MY RENT,HOW AM I GOING TO PUT FOOD ONTHE TABLE, MAKE SURE THE LIGHTSREMAIN ON.HOW AM I GOING TO PAY MY STUDENTDEBT?HOW AM I GOING TO PAY MY CREDITCARD DEBT?SOMEBODY IN THE FAMILY GETSSICK, HOW AM I GOING TO PAYTHAT?NOW, THIS BILL HAS BEEN WORKEDON CITIZENSIVELY IN THE LAST --EXTENSIVELY IN THE LAST FEWDAYS.THERE ARE ELEMENTS IN IT THAT INMY VIEW ARE POSITIVE, DON'T GOFAR ENOUGH BY ANY MEANS.BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THIS BILLDOES DO SL PROVIDE THE -- DO ISPROVIDE THE LARGEST EXPANSION OFUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS INHISTORY, EXPENDING ABOUT $250BILLION OF FEDERAL FUNDS.AND WHAT IT DOES IMPORTANTLY,THE BILL UNDERSTANDS THAT FORALL KINDS OF ABSURD REASONSHAVING TO DO REPUBLICAN ATTACKSON WORKERS FOR MANY YEARS, FEWERTHAN 50% OF AMERICAN WORKERSTODAY ARE ELIGIBLE FORUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS IT SAYSRIGHTLY SO THAT IN THE MIDST OFTHIS TERRIBLE ECONOMIC CRISISWHERE SOME PEOPLE, NOBODY KNOWS-- WHERE SOME ECONOMISTS AREESTIMATING BY JUNE, UNEMPLOYMENTCOULD BE 20%, 30%.WHAT THIS BILL DOES SAY ISWHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ELIGIBLEFOR UNEMPLOYMENT TODAY, YOU'REGOING TO GET UNTIL EMPLOYMENTCOMPENSATION.AND THAT MEANS MANY OF THE GIGWORKERS, PEOPLE THAT DRIVE UBERCARS, MANY OF THE WAITRESSES ANDWAITERS WHO MAKE STARVATION-MINIMUM WAGES, MANYSO-CALLED INDEPENDENTCONTRACTORS, THEY WILL BEELIGIBLE FOR THE EXTENDEDUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT.THAT IS EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING.AND THE OTHER THING THAT THISBILL DOES WHICH IS RIGHT IS ITSAYS OKAY, WE ARE IN THE MIDSTOF A HORRIFIC CRISIS, UNPRESSDEFNTSED IN MODERN --UNPRECEDENTED IN MODERN AMERICANHISTORY.NOT ONLY ARE YOU GOING TO GETYOUR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT, WE'RE GOING TO ATANOTHER -- TO ADD ANOTHER $600 AWEEK TO IT.AND NOW I FIND THAT SOME OF MYREPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE VERYDISTRESSED.THEY'RE VERY UPSET THAT SOMEBODYWHO IS MAKING 10, 12 BUCKS ANHOUR MIGHT END UP WITH APAYCHECK FOR FOUR MONTHS MORETHAN THEY RECEIVED LAST WEEK.OH, MY GOD, THE UNIVERSE ISCOLLAPSING.IMAGINE THAT.SOMEBODY IS MAKING 12 BUCKS ANHOUR, NOW LIKE THE REST OF USFACES AN UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMICCRISIS WITH THE600 BUCKS ON --THE 600 BUCKS ON TOP OF THEIRNORMAL UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK MIGHTBE MAKING A FEW BUCKS MORE FORFOUR MONTHS.OH, MY WORD.WILL THE UNIVERSE SURVIVE?HOW ABSURD AND WRONG IS THAT?WHAT KIND OF VALUE SYSTEM ISTHAT?MEANWHILE, THESE VERY SAME FOLKSHAD NO PROBLEM A COUPLE OF YEARSAGO VOTING FOR A TRILLIONDOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS FORBILLIONAIRES AND LARGEPROFITABLE CORPORATIONS.NOT A PROBLEM.BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LOW-INCOMEWORKERS IN THE MIDST OF ATERRIBLE CRISIS, MAYBE SOME OFTHEM EARNING OR HAVING MOREMONEY THAN THEY PREVIOUSLY MADE,OH, MY WORD, WE'VE GOT TO STRIPTHAT OUT.GOT TO TELL THOSE POOR PEOPLE --BY THE WAY, WHEN THE McCONNELLBILL FIRST CAME UP UNBELIEVABLYAND I KNOW MANY REPUBLICANSOBJECTED TO THIS, THEY WERESAYING THAT WELL, WE WANT TOGIVE -- WHATEVER IT WAS -- ATHOUSAND OR 1200 BUCKS BUT POORPEOPLE SHOULD GET LESS BECAUSEPOOR PEOPLE ARE DOWN HERE.THEY DON'T DESERVE -- THEY DON'TEAT.THEY DON'T PAY RENT.THEY DON'T GO TO THE DOCTOR.THEY'RE SOMEHOW INFERIOR BECAUSETHEY'RE POOR, GOING TO GIVE THEMLESS.THAT WAS ADDRESSED.NOW EVERYBODY IS GOING TO GETTHE $1,200.BUT SOME OF MY REPUBLICANFRIENDS STILL HAVEN'T GIVEN UPON THE NEED TO PUNISH THE POORAND WORKING PEOPLE.YOU HAVEN'T RAISED THE MINIMUMWAGE IN TEN YEARS.MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD BE AT LEAST15 BUCKS AN HOUR.YOU HAVEN'T DONE THAT.YOU'VE CUT PROGRAM AFTER PROGRAMAFTER PROGRAM AND NOW HORROR OFHORRORS FOR FOUR MONTHS WORKERSMIGHT BE EARNING A FEW BUCKSMORE THAN THEY OTHERWISE WENT.NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS IS ANAMENDMENT THAT'S COMING UP.I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO GOVERY FAR AND IF IT DOES GO FAR,I WILL INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT TODEAL WITH THE CORPORATE WELFARE,THE $500 BILLION IN CORPORATEWELFARE WHICH IS TO ME A VERYSERIOUS PROBLEM.BUT I DO NOT THINK THEY'RE GOINGTO GET THE 60 VOTES AND TAKEWILL BE THE END OF IT.MR. PRESIDENT, THIS BILL ALSOINCLUDES SOME $250 BILLION INONE-TIME CHECKS OF $1,200 FORADULTS AND DID 500 FOR -- AND$500 FOR KIDS.I HAVE A COUPLE OF CONCERNS.NUMBER ONE, I HAVE BELIEF THATIN THE MIDST OF THISUNPRECEDENTED CRISIS, THAT WESHOULD MAKE THIS A MONTHLYBENEFIT, NOT A ONE TIME BENEFIT.AND DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS,AND I EXPECT VERY MUCH THAT THISCONGRESS WILL BE RECONVENINGBECAUSE I THINK THIS CORONAVIRUSTHREE, THE BILL WE'RE ON RIGHTNOW, IS GOING TO BE SUPERSEDEDBY CORONAVIRUS FOUR.BECAUSE MY STRONG GUESS THISDOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH.BUT THE BILL DOES INCLUDE $1,200CHECK FOR ADULT, $500 FOR KIDS.THAT WILL HELP IN THE SHORTTERM.WE'VE GOT TO DO A LOT BETTERTHAN THAT.AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, INCOUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD,U.K., DENMARK, OTHER COUNTRIES,THE APPROACH THAT THEY ARETAKING WHICH MAKES SENSE TO MEIS BASICALLY SAY TO EMPLOYERS,IF YOU KEEP YOUR WORKERS ON THEJOB, EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT WORKINGRIGHT NOW, WE WILL PAY.IN THE U.K.'S CASE, 80% OF THEIRSALARY.OTHER COUNTRIES A BIT HIGHER.I THINK THAT IS THE DIRECTION WESHOULD HAVE GONE.THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MORECONVOLUTED.BUT WHAT WE DO DO HERE IS GIVE$367 BILLION IN LOANS TO SMALLBUSINESSES AND THOSE LOANS COULDBE FORGIVEN IF THOSE SMALLBUSINESSES DON'T LAY OFFWORKERS.AND I THINK FOR A VARIETY OFREASONS THAT IS EXACTLY THERIGHT THING TO DO.THE GOAL RIGHT NOW IS TOSTABILIZE THE ECONOMY BY TELLINGWORKERS THAT THEY WILL HAVETHEIR JOBS WHEN THEY COME BACK,WHEN THIS THING IS OVER, ANDTHAT IN THE MEANTIME, THEY WILLHAVE ALL OR MOST OF THEIRINCOME.THAT IS MY PREFERRED APPROACH.THIS BILL PROVIDES $150 BILLIONTO STATES AND CITIES.I CAN TELL YOU THAT IN VERMONT,AND I'M SURE IN EVERY OTHERSTATE IN THIS COUNTRY, STATESAND CITIES ARE HURTING BECAUSEWE ALL KNOW THERE HAS BEEN AMAJOR DECLINE IN TAX REVENUE.AND THAT IS AN IMPORTANT THINGTO DO BECAUSE -- BY THE WAY, INTHE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS, A LOTOF THE RESPONSIBILITY IS GOINGTO FALL ON LOCAL AND STATEGOVERNMENT.AND ONE OF THE CONCERNS OF MANYTHAT I HAVE ABOUT THIS BILL ISTHAT IN THE BEST OF TIMES, THISBILL REQUIRES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNTOF WORK BY THE FEDERAL, STATE,AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.HOW DO YOU GET ALL THESEUNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS OUT?HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ALL OFTHESE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO MAYAPPLY FOR THESE LOANS?THIS IS HARD STUFF.AND IT BECOMES EVEN MOREDIFFICULT WHEN SO MANY WORKERSHO WORK FOR LOCAL AND STATEGOVERNMENT ARE NOT COMING INTOWORK BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE AREGOING TO HAVE TO FOCUS ON BIGTIME IS THE IMPLEMENTATION.IF ANYONE THINKS JUST PASSINGTHIS BILL TOMORROW EVERYTHING ISGOING TO FLOW SMOOTHLY, YOU ARETERRIBLY MISTAKEN.THIS IS A COMPLICATED, MULTIFASTCETTED -- MULTIFACETED BILL ANDIT IS GOING TO A AN ENORMOUSAMOUNT OF WORK TO MAKE SURE THEMONEY GOES WHERE IT SHOULD GO INA COST EFFECTIVE WAY.THIS BILL DOES A LOT OF OTHERTHINGS AS WELL THAT I THINK WILLHELP THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.SO TO CONCLUDE, MR. PRESIDENT,THIS IS NOT THE BILL THAT IWOULD HAVE WRITTEN, FRANKLY.I DON'T THINK IT'S THE BILL THATMOST AMERICANS WOULD HAVEWRITTEN.I THINK MOST AMERICANS ARE VERY,VERY APPREHENSIVE THATONE-QUARTER OF THIS BILL ISGOING TO GO TO LARGECORPORATIONS WITH VERY LITTLEACCOUNTABILITY.AND IN A POLITICAL SEASON, LETME MAKE THE RADICAL STHAWTION WEHAVE A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES WHO MAY END UP TARGETINGSOME OF THIS MONEY TO STATESTHAT HE NEEDS TO WIN.SO THIS BILL HAS SOME GOODTHINGS.IT HAS SOME ISSUES OF REALCONCERN.BUT ONE THING WE MUST NOT DO ISTO PUNISH LOW-INCOME WORKERS WHOMIGHT GET A FEW BUCKS MORE THANTHEY REVEL EARNED.THANK YOU VERY MUCH.MR. SASSE: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM NEBRASKA.MR. SASSE: I JUST LISTENED TOTHE SENATOR FROM VERMONT'SSPEECH.THERE'S OBVIOUSLY A LOT WE DON'TAGREE ON IN LIFE AND POLICY,POLITICS AND ECONOMICS.HE CARICATURED THE ENTIREPURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT.THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENTTONIGHT IS TO AFFIRM WORK.UNDER HIS VISION I DON'T KNOWEXACTLY WHERE HE THINKS THEWORKERS WHO STOCK SHELVES ANDDRIVE TRUCKS RIGHT NOW WOULDCOME FROM BECAUSE HE MADE ANARGUMENT ABOUT GOVERNMENTSUBSIDIES THAT WOULD BE ON APERMANENT BASIS HIGHER THAN THEWAGES OF ALL THOSE JOBS.I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW HISECONOMIC SYSTEM WOULD ACTUALLYEVER WORK.I WOULD LIKE TO PRAISE HIM HERE.TWO THINGS, ONE, HE SAIDSOMETHING POLITICIANS DON'T SAY.WHEN PEOPLE WILL VOTE FORSOMETHING, THEY SAY IT'S UTOPIANAND DO EVERYTHING RIGHT.IF THEY VOTE AGAINST SOMETHING,THEY SAY IT'S THE WORSE THINGEVER WRITTEN.BERNIE SANDERS JUST SAID THATTHIS BILL HAS A LOT IN IT.IT'S BIG, CLUNKY.WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ANATIONAL EMERGENCY AND THERE'SSOME GOOD AND SOME BAD IN IT ANDHE'S GOING TO VOTE FOR IT.I ALSO BELIEVE THIS BILL IS BIGAND CLUNKY AND STINKY.THERE'S A LOT THAT'S BROKEN INIT.THERE'S SOME THAT'S GOOD,NECESSARY, IMPORTANT AND THERE'SA LOT THAT'S BAD, POORLY THOUGHTOUT AND NOT GOING TO BEIMPLEMENTED VERY EFFECTIVELY.ON THAT I'M ALSO INCLINED TOVOTE FOR IT.II APPRECIATE HIS CANDOR INADMITTING THIS IS KIND OF A BIGCRAP SANDWICH.IN ADDITION, I WANT TO PRAISETHE SENATOR FROM VERMONT FOR HISCANDOR IN SAYING SOMETHING THATI TOTALLY OPPOSE, BUT IAPPRECIATE HIS INTEGRITY ANDHONESTY IN ADMITTING IT.HE SAID, I BELIEVE -- CORRECT MEIF I'M WRONG, SIR -- HE SAYS HEWISHES THE $1,200 EMERGENCYPAYMENT WOULD BE MADE MONTHLYAND PERMANENT.IS THAT RIGHT?MR. SANDERS: NO, NOT PERMANENT,BUT DURING THE CRISIS, YES.MR. SASSE: OKAY.THAT'S HELPFUL CLARIFICATION.YOU WERE SAYING A LOT OFDIFFERENT THINGS.I THOUGHT YOU WERE ARGUING FOR AU.B.I. OF 14 GRAND.I WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT POINT.I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOUBELIEVE A LOT OF THINGS VERYDIFFERENTLY, THE SENATORBELIEVES, SPEAKING IN THE THIRDPERSON, A LOT OF THINGS VERYDIFFERENTLY, BUT HE ARGUESFORCEFULLY FOR HIS POSITION.I THINK THAT THIS BODY WOULDBENEFIT FROM NOR PEOPLE WHOSPOKE AS BLUNTLY AND DIRECTLY ASTHE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.I HOPE HIS POSITIONS ARE VOTEDDOWN AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN,BUT I APPRECIATE THE WAY HEARGUES FOR HIS POSITIONS.THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM OREGON.MR. WYDEN: MR. PRESIDENT,SEVERAL SENATORS ON THE OTHERSIDE HAVE BEEN ARGUING AGAINSTTHE PROVISION IN THIS BILL TOSUPER CHARGE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE RIGHT NOW.SOME SAY THAT SENATE DEMOCRATSHAVE NEGOTIATED WITH THE TRUMPADMINISTRATION, SECRETARYMNUCHIN, AND CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY.BASED ON WHAT I'M HEARING FROMSENATORS ON THE OTHER SIDE,YOU'D THINK THAT THIS PROVISIONWAS PRETTY MUCH GOING TO ENDWESTERN CIVILIZATION.NOW, SUPER CHARGING UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS HAS LONG BEEN APRIORITY FOR SENATE DEMOCRATSTHAT HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FORTHOSE IMPROVEMENTS INUNEMPLOYMENT SINCE THE PROCESSBEGAN.IN OUR VIEW, IT'S THE KEY TOGETTING HELP TO WHERE.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM OREGON, WOULD YOUPLEASE USE YOUR MICROPHONE?MR. WYDEN: I THANK THEPRESIDENT.SUPERCHARGING UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS HAS LONG BEEN SOMETHINGSENATE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEENFIGHTING FOR.IT'S THE KEY TO GETTING HELPWHERE IT'S NEEDED MOST, ANDBELIEVE ME, COLLEAGUES, WHEN YOUSEE THE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMNUMBERS TOMORROW, IF THE NUMBERSARE ACCURATE, THIS CHAMBER ISGOING TO SEE THAT THEUNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS IS EXPLODINGIN AMERICA.I DON'T BELIEVE ANYBODY IN OURGREAT COUNTRY SHOULD FALL INTODESTITUTION AS A RESULT OF THISPANDEMIC, SO I OBVIOUSLYDISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHOOPPOSE OUR AMENDMENT SO STRONGLYTO IMPROVE UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFITS.I JUST WANT TO MAKE A FEW KEYPOINTS IN RESPONSE TO THEIRARGUMENTS.FIRST, I WANT TO START WITH ANARGUMENT I HEARD THAT JUST ABOUTKNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF ME WHENI HEARD IT EARLIER.IT'S THE IDEA THAT NURSES AREGOING TO QUIT THEIR JOBS AS ARESULT OF THIS LEGISLATION.MR. PRESIDENT, NURSES ARE NOTGOING TO BE QUITTING THEIR JOBSTO GET UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSBECAUSE THAT'S NOT HOW NURSESTHINK WHEN THEY GET UP IN THEMORNING.BY NOW, EVERYONE IS SEEING THEHERCULEAN EFFORTS OF OUR NURSESFIGHTING THE PANDEMIC.NURSES IN AMERICA ARE BRAVE,THEY CARE, THEY ARE THE TRUEPROFESSIONALS.FROM PORTLAND, OREGON, TOPORTLAND, MAINE, THEY ARE ON THEFRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT,PUTTING THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAYTO SAVE THE LIVES OF OURNEIGHBORS, WHETHER IT'S IN SOUTHCAROLINA, OREGON, OR ANYWHEREELSE.THEY DON'T CUT AND RUN.CONTRARY TO THE SUGGESTION OF MYCOLLEAGUE FROM NEBRASKA, RETIREDNURSES HAVE BEEN COMING OUT OFRETIREMENT IN DROVES TO HELPTREAT PATIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERINGBECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.SECOND, IT'S A HEAD SCRATCHER TOME THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROMNEBRASKA IS RAISING THISOBJECTION NOW.I'M THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THEFINANCE COMMITTEE.I LEARNED ABOUT HIS OBJECTIONWHEN I WATCHED HIS PRESSCONFERENCE, AND THEN I CALLEDHIM ABOUT IT.THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN OUT THEREFOR DAYS.SENATORS HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IT THEWHOLE TIME.IT'S NOT A DRAFTING ERROR.IT'S NOT A LAST-MINUTE SURPRISE.WHAT THE SENATOR FROM NEBRASKAWANTS TO IN EFFECT DROP NOW WASPART OF THE BILL.MR. PRESIDENT, YOU'RE A MEMBEROF OUR COMMITTEE, AND I ENJOYWORKING WITH YOU.WHAT THE SENATOR FROM NEBRASKAWANTS TO DROP NOW IN FACT WASPART OF THE BILL THAT REPUBLICANLEADER McCONNELL INTRODUCED ONSATURDAY.HE INTRODUCED IT ON SATURDAYBECAUSE SENATE DEMOCRATSINSISTED ON IT BEING PART OF THEPACKAGE, AND AS SECRETARYMNUCHIN SAID THIS AFTERNOON ONNATIONAL TELEVISION -- WE ALLHEARD IT -- REPUBLICANS AGREE.I WILL HAVE A LITTLE MORE TO SAYABOUT SECRETARY MNUCHIN'SREMARKS IN A MINUTE.THIRD, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHYTHIS IS SO NEEDED, WHY MYDEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I HAVEWORKED SO HARD TO HELP THEMILLIONS HIT BY THIS ECONOMICWRECKING BALL GET THROUGH THESEHORRENDOUS TIMES.FOR MOST AMERICANS, THE OLDUNEMPLOYMENT RULES WOULD COVERONLY A THIRD TO HALF OF THEIRLOST WAGES.THAT'S IT.PRETTY HARD TO PAY THE RENT, PUTFOOD ON THE TABLE WITH THAT.EVEN BEFORE THIS CRISIS, EVENBEFORE THE CRISIS,MR. PRESIDENT, THE FEDERALRESERVE FOUND NEARLY HALF OFAMERICANS WOULDN'T HAVE BEENABLE TO COME UP WITH $400 CASHTO COVER COSTS IN AN EMERGENCY.SO LET'S FACE IT.MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WEREWALKING ON AN ECONOMIC TIGHTROPE, BALANCING THEIRREPRESENTATIVE AGAINST THEIRFOOD AND THE FOOD AGAINST THEFUEL, AND THAT WAS BEFORE THEPANDEMIC.THATTHAT'S WHY WE ON OUR SIDE FLSO STRONGLY, SO APPRECIATIVE OFTHE WORK OF SENATOR PETERS,SENATOR MENENDEZ WHO HELPED INTHE NEGOTIATIONS, AND OF COURSETHE LEADER.WE ALL SAID WE NEED AN IMPROVEDSUPERCHARGED UNEMPLOYMENTBENEFIT TO REPLACE PEOPLE'S LOSTWAGES.THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'TFACE THE CHOICE BETWEENHOMELESSNESS, HUNGER, ORBANKRUPTCY BECAUSE A VIRUS HASSHUT DOWN OUR ECONOMY AND COSTTHEM THEIR JOBS.THIS ISN'T THE FAULT OF ANYWORKERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA OROREGON OR ANYWHERE ELSE.AND WHILE THE CONSUMER ECONOMYIS SHUTTERED, THE CONGRESS HAS ARESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THATAMERICANS CAN BOUNCE BACK IN AMATTER OF WEEKS OR MONTHS.OTHERWISE, MILLIONS ARE GOING TOSTRUGGLE SLOWLY TO RECOVER FROMTHE ECONOMIC CRISIS, AND MANYMIGHT NOT MAKE IT IF THE SENATEDOESN'T MOVE TO HELP THEM NOW,NOW, NOW.THE PANIC PEOPLE FEEL OVER THEVIRUS IS ALREADY TOO MUCH, ANDTHE LEAST WE CAN DO AS LAWMAKERSIS TO HAVE THEIR BACKS WHEN ITCOMES TO SURVIVING THIS ECONOMICCRISIS.NOW, ALL MY COLLEAGUES KNOWWE'RE ON THE THIRD BILL IN THEFIGHT AGAINST THE VIRUS.MITCH McCONNELL'S FIRSTVERSION OF THIS BILL DIDVIRTUALLY NOTHING FOR THOSE WHOARE LOSING THEIR JOBS.I READ IT CAREFULLY.OUT OF 247 PAGES IN THEREPUBLICAN LEADER'S FIRST BILL,EIGHT LINES OF TEXT, -- NOTEIGHT PAGES, EIGHT LINES.AND THOSE EIGHT LINES ONLY DEALTWITH FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENTONLINE.NOW, THAT BILL HAD AN AWFUL LOTOF CORPORATE GOODIES, LOTS OFSLUSH FUNDS FOR BIGCORPORATIONS, BUT JUST A FEWMEASLY LINES FOR PEOPLE HURTING,FOR WORKERS HURTING, WORKERSLOSING THEIR JOBS.SENATE DEMOCRATS FOUGHT FOR ANDRUN CHANGES THAT MAKE UP THISROBUST, EXPANDED, SUPERCHARGEDUNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM.IT'S BASED ON A BILL THAT MYCOLLEAGUE, SENATOR PETERS, AND IINTRODUCED NOT LONG AGO.FIRST IN THESE PUNISHINGECONOMIC TIMES, AMERICANS AREGOING TO NEED MORE WEEKS OFCOVERAGE THAN THEY WOULDOTHERWISE GET FROM UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE.THE EXISTING LINKS OFUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WILL NOTCOVER THE TIME THIS CRISIS WILLLAST.SECOND, THE SENATE NEEDED TOMODERNIZE THE UNEMPLOYMENTINSURANCE PROGRAM BECAUSE ITREALLY HASN'T CHANGED MUCH SINCETHAT WAS DEVELOPED IN WISCONSININ 1932.MR. PRESIDENT, 1932, NOBODY WASTALKING ABOUT GIG WORKERS, ANDTHAT UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAM THATWAS INVENTED THEN HADN'T CHANGEDALL THAT MUCH.CERTAINLY HASN'T BEEN BUILT TOTAKE ON THE KIND OF CHALLENGEOUR COUNTRY FACES RIGHT NOW.DEMOCRATIC SENATORS AND I LOOKEDAT THAT SYSTEM AND SAID THIS OLDSYSTEM WOULDN'T BE GOOD ENOUGHFOR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, THESELF-EMPLOYED, GIG WORKERS,PART-TIME WORKERS ANDFREELANCERS.THEY'RE A BIG PART OF THE FACEOF THE MODERN ECONOMY.THEY WOULDN'T THE KIND OFWORKERS ANYBODY WAS THINKINGABOUT IN 1932 WHEN THE PROGRAMWAS INVENTED.SENATE DEMOCRATS LED THE EFFORTTO GET THOSE PEOPLE COVERAGE,AND I'M GLAD THAT AT ONE POINTIN THE NEGOTIATION, WE COULD GETBIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IT.FOR PEOPLE WHO STILL HAVE THEIRJOBS BUT HAVE THEIR HOURSSLASHED, WE'RE GOING TO BAT FORTHEM.FOR PEOPLE IN THE SERVICEECONOMY, THE RESTAURANTS,SALONS, GYMS, YOU NAME IT.ALL THOSE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERINGBECAUSE THEIR JOBS AND THEIRBUSINESSES HAVE BEEN PUT ONPAUSE, WE'RE GOING TO BAT FORTHEM.WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MILLIONS ANDMILLIONS OF AMERICANS.PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING AT HARDTIMES AHEAD, AND THEY NEED OURHELP NOW.THE OLD UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCESYSTEM WASN'T WORKING, SO SENATEDEMOCRATS, SENATE DEMOCRATS SAIDWE'RE GOING TO COME TOGETHER ANDWE'RE GOING TO GO TO BAT FOR ALLTHOSE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORSAND THE SELF-EMPLOYED AND THEFREELANCERS AND THE GIG WORKERS.AND NOWI THINK, NOT ONLY ARE WE GOINGTO HELP THEM OVER THE NEXT FOURMONTHS, BUT I THINK WE HAVEDEVELOPED SOME IDEAS THAT CAN BEPART PROLIFERATE REFORMING THE-- OF REFORMING THE UNEMPLOYMENTEXCEPTION SYSTEM AFTER THOSEFOUR MONTHS.NOW, I WANT TO TURN TO WHY THISAGREEMENT RAISES BENEFITSSPECIFICALLY BY $600 PER MONTH.I'VE HEARD MY COLLEAGUES ANDTHEIR STRENUOUS OBJECTIONS TOTHAT AMOUNT.THE REASON IT IS $600,MR. PRESIDENT, IS BECAUSE LABORSECRETARY SCALIA, AFTER MEETINGWITH THE SENATE NEGOTIATORS --MYSELF, SENATOR GRASSLEY,SECRETARY MNUCHIN, SENATORMENENDEZ, SENATOR PORTMAN, A BIGGROUP OF US -- SECRETARY SCALIA,AFTER MEETING WITH SENATENEGOTIATORS, LEFT US WITH NOOTHER WAY TO GET BENEFITS TOWORKERS QUICKLY.SECRETARY SCALIA SAID THAT THESTATES HAD NO OTHER WAY TO GETTHE BENEFITS TO WORKERS IN TIME.WE NEEDED A SIMPLE SOLUTION, ANDI KNOW MY COLLEAGUE, THEDISTINGUISHED PRESIDENT OF THESENATE, AND OTHERS WHO ARESPONSORING THIS PROPOSAL TOUNRAVEL WHAT SENATE DEMOCRATSDID WITH SECRETARY MNUCHIN, THETRUMP ADMINISTRATION, ANDCHAIRMAN GRASSLEY, MAY NOTBELIEVE ME, BUT I WANT TO SHARETHE WORDS OF SECRETARY MNUCHINHIMSELF AND SPECIFICALLY ON THISQUESTION OF WHY WE WERE FOCUSEDON MAKING SURE THAT WORKERSCOULD GET THAT EXTRA $600 AWEEK.JUST TODAY, SECRETARY MNUCHINSAID, AND I'M GOING TO QUOTEHERE, MOST OF THESE STATESYSTEMS HAVE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S30 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.IF WE HAD THE ABILITY TOCUSTOMIZE THIS WITH MUCH MORESPECIFICS, WE WOULD HAVE.THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY WE COULDENSURE STATES COULD GET THEMONEY OUT QUICKLY AND IN A FAIRWAY, SO WE USED $600 ACROSS THEBOARD.I DON'T THINK IT WILL CREATEINCENTIVES.MOST AMERICANS WANT WHAT THEYWANT.THEY WANT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS.THAT IS WHAT SECRETARY MNUCHINSAID TODAY IN DEFENDING THELANGUAGE THAT IS IN THE BILL AS,IN EFFECT, THE FASTEST, SIMPLESTWAY FOR WORKERS TO GET THEIRBENEFITS AND WHY WE DISAGREE SOSTRONGLY WITH THE AMENDMENT FROMTHE SENATOR FROM NEBRASKA TOUNRAVEL THAT APPROACH.THE MATH SHOWS THAT THE STANDARDPAYMENT OF $600 IS THE SIMPLESTWAY TO GET TO FULL WAGEREPLACEMENT WITHOUT CAUSING, ASOF NOW, AN ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINWRECK.SO I'M GOING TO CLOSE ON THIS.I'M SURE THAT EVERYBODY HEREREAD THAT UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMSARE EXPECTED TO GO UP BY $2.5MILLION IN ONE WEEK WHEN THESTATISTICS ARE RELEASEDTOMORROW.LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN T --AGAIN.$2.5 MILLION.ALMOST AS MANY JOBS THAT WEREHIT WHEN THE GREAT RECESSIONLOST OUR COUNTRY SO HARD IN2008.IT IS THE SINGLE LARGEST RISE INUNEMPLOYMENT SINCE THAT FIGUREBEGAN TO BE TRACKED.12 ENTIRE MONTHS WORTH OF GREATRECESSION JOB LOSSES, THAT'S HOWMANY CLAIMS ECONOMISTS EXPECT TOSEE IN A SINGLE WEEK.THIS COUNTRY HAS NEVER FACEDANYTHING LIKE IT.IT IS NOT A NORMAL RECESSION.THIS ISN'T A NORMAL BILL TO TRYTO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY INWHICH THE GOVERNMENT TRIES TOGIVE THE ECONOMY A SHOT OFFISCAL ADRENALINE.THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE FACE ASHUTDOWN OF ENTIRE SECTORS OFOUR ECONOMY.WHAT THE CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ISKEEP OUR ECONOMY ALIVE AND ACTNOW.WE'RE NOT ARE GOING TO DO THATBY SHORTCHANGING WORKERS WHO ARELOSING JOBS, LOSING HOURS, ORLOSING GIGS.I FEEL SO STRONGLY, AMERICANSWANT TO WORK.BUSINESSES WANT TO KEEP THEIREMPLOYEES ON THE JOB.AMERICANS WANT THE ECONOMY TOSPRING BACK TO LIFE ONCE THEPANDEMIC IS UNDER CONTROL, ANDTHAT'S WHAT SUPERCHARGE AGOUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IS ALL --AND THAT'S WHAT SUPERCHARGINGUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IS ALLABOUT.SENATE DEMOCRATS AGREED WITH THETRUMP ADMINISTRATION, SECRETARYMNUCHIN AND CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY ONTHIS.OUR PROPOSAL WAS NOT A DRAFTINGERROR.IT DIDN'T POP OUT AT THE LASTMINUTE.IT'S NOT GOING TO BRING ABOUTTHE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES ON THEOTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILLREVIEW WHAT SECRETARY MNUCHINHAD TO SAY THIS AFTERNOON ONNATIONAL TELEVISION SUPPORTINGWHAT DEMOCRATS -- SENATEDEMOCRATS NEGOTIATED WITH HIMAND THE ADMINISTRATION AND JOINUS IN MAKING SURE MILLIONS ANDMILLIONS OF AMERICANS DON'TALLINTO DESTITUTION.I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. LEAHY: MR. PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM VERMONT.MR. LEAHY: THANK YOU,MR. PRESIDENT.I DON'T WISH TO DELAY THINGS.I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COUPLECOMMENTS.I DID SPEAK EARLIER THISAFTERNOON ABOUT THIS.IT'S ALMOST AN UNDERSTATEMENT TOSAY THAT AMERICA IS AT ANINFLECTION POINT.WE'RE FACING A PUBLIC HEALTHCRISIS UNLIKE ANYTHING WE'VESEEN IN A GENERATION.THE STATES AND LOCAL COUNTIESARE RACING TO RESPOND TOMITIGATE THE CRISES.THE PACKAGE HERE IS A GOOD ONE.DOES IT DO EVERYTHING?NO.IS IT PERFECT?NO.IT'S A LOT BETTER THAN WHERE WEWERE?YES.I THINK OF THE SENATE HAS A BODYSHOULD BE THE CONSCIENCE OF THENATION.AND THERE'S TIME FOR US TO HAVEREALITY TRUMP RHETORIC.WE'VE HAD ENOUGH RHETORIC.AS I SAID IN THE PAST, IT SPEAKSTO REALITY.I THINK OF OUR OWN GOVERNOR,REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, WHO HASWORKED SO HARD TO HELP OURSTATE.THIS WILL GIVE HIM SOME TOOLS,AS IT WILL TO OUR SPEAKER OF THEHOUSE AND OUR PRESIDENT PROTEMPORE OF OUR LEGISLATURE.WITH THIS BILL, WE SUPPORT THEVICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS,THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ANDFIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONTLINES TENDING TO TAKE CARE OFTHE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO HAVEKEEPING OUR STORE SHELVESSTOCKED AND THE NECESSITIESAVAILABLE, THE FAMILIES HIT BYTHE FALLOUT FROM THIS PANDEMIC.I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE.I'VE BEEN MARRIED NOW FOR ALMOST58 YEARS TO ONE OF THE BESTMEDICAL SURGICAL NURSES I'VEEVER KNOWN.I HEAR HER TELL WHAT IT IS.MARCELLE TELLS ME WHAT THEDOCTORS AND NURSES FACE IN ASITUATION LIKE THIS.MR. PRESIDENT, I PRAY THATNEITHER YOU NOR I, NOR ANY OTHERMEMBER OF THIS BODY WILL HAVE TOFACE WHAT THEY FACE ON THE FRONTLINES.WE SHOULD GO FORWARD AND PASSTHIS BILL.I'D ASK THAT MY FULL STATEMENTBE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. LEAHY: I YIELD THE FLOOR.I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF AQUORUM.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THECLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.QUORUM CALL:MS. COLLINS: MR. PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM MAINE.MS. COLLINS: MR. PRESIDENT, IASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THATPROCEEDINGS UNDER THE CALL BEDISPENSED WITH.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MS. COLLINS: MR. PRESIDENT, ISEE THAT THE SENATOR FROMMARYLAND IS ON THE FLOOR, AND ITHINK HE ARRIVED A MINUTE OR TWOBEFORE ME, SO IF HE'D LIKE TO GOFIRST, I WOULD WANT TO GIVE HIMTHAT OPPORTUNITY.MR. VAN HOLLEN: I'M GRATEFUL.THANK YOU, SENATOR FROM MAINE.BUT I'M HAPPY TO HAVE YOU GOFIRST.MS. COLLINS: THANK YOU.MR. PRESIDENT, ALL ACROSS THECOUNTRY AMERICANS ARE STEPPINGUP IN RESPONSE TO THECORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SWEEPINGOUR NATION.DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE WORKINGENDLESS HOURS AND PUTTINGTHEMSELVES AT RISK TO CARE FORTHE SURGE IN PATIENTS.MANUFACTURERS, INCLUDING MANYCOMPANIES IN MY STATE, AREWORKING OVERTIME AND RETOOLINGTHEIR PRODUCT LINES TO PRODUCEMEDICAL TESTING SWABS,VENTILATORS, AND PERSONALPROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.ALL OF WHICH ARE VITALLY NEEDED.TRUCKERS ARE GOING ABOVE ANDBEYOND, MISSING TIME WITH THEIRFAMILIES SO THAT THEY CANDELIVER GOODS NEEDED TO RESTOCKDEPLETED GROCERY SHELVES.PEOPLE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR THEIRNEIGHBORS IN A SAFE WAY.THEY'RE CHECKING ON THEM.THEY'RE MAKING PERSONALSACRIFICES TO HELP PREVENT THEVIRUS FROM SPREADING TO THE MOSTVULNERABLE MEMBERS OF OURSOCIETY.HELP IS ON THE HORIZON FOR SMALLBUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEESWHO ARE FACING ECONOMICDEVASTATION THROUGH NO FAULT OFTHEIR OWN.MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE TALKED TOSMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ALL ACROSSOUR STATE, INCLUDING SMALL MOMAND POP OPERATIONS LIKE A THIRDGENERATION DINER OPERATED ANDOWNED BY THE -- BY THE SAMONESFAMILY IN LEWISTON, MAINE.FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THREEGENERATIONS, THEY HAVE HAD TOCLOSE THEIR DOORS.THEY'VE HAD NO CHOICE.AS LINDA SIMONES TOLD ME INTEARS EARLIER THIS WEEK, WE'VENEVER BEEN UNEMPLOYED.OUR SON IS UNEMPLOYED.OUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE WORKED WITHUS AT THIS DINER FOR YEARS AREUNEMPLOYED.MR. PRESIDENT, THE AGREEMENTFINALLY REACHED TODAY INCLUDES A$377 BILLION SMALL BUSINESSECONOMIC RELIEF PLAN THATSENATOR RUBIO, SENATOR CARDIN,SENATOR SHAHEEN, AND I AUTHOREDAS MEMBERS OF THE SMALL BUSINESSTASK FORCE.IT IS INTENDED TO HELP WORKERSAND SMALL BUSINESSES JUST LIKETHE ONE OWNED BY THE SIMONESFAMILY IN LEWISTON.AND OUR GROUP WORKED DAY ANDNIGHT TO GET THIS BIPARTISANPACKAGE INCLUDED IN THE BROADERLEGISLATION, AND I WANT TO DO ASHOUT OUT TO OUR STAFF BECAUSE IDON'T THINK THEY'VE BEEN TO BEDBEFORE 4:00 A.M. IN THE MORNINGIN ANY DAY IN THE LAST WEEK.THAT'S HOW HARD THEY'VE WORKED,TOO.UNDER OUR BIPARTISAN APPROACH,SMALL BUSINESSES WOULD BEELIGIBLE FOR A 100% FEDERALLYGUARANTEE EMERGENCY LOAN TOCOVER EIGHT WEEKS OF PAYROLL ASWELL AS CERTAIN EXPENSES LIKERENT OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ANDUTILITIES.IF THESE BUSINESSES KEEP THEIREMPLOYEES ON THE PAYROLL, INOTHER WORDS IF THEY KEEP ISSUINGTHOSE PAYCHECKS, THEIR LOANSWOULD BE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN.HERE'S HOW IT WOULD WORK.SMALL EMPLOYERS WITH 500EMPLOYEES OR FEWER WOULD BEELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THESEFEDERALLY GUARANTEED LOANS.THE LOANS WOULD BE AVAILABLEIMMEDIATELY THROUGH EXISTINGSMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONCERTIFIED LENDERS, INCLUDINGCERTAIN BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS,AND OTHER FINANCIALINSTITUTIONS.IN A STREAMLINE -- AND ASTREAMLINE PROCESS WOULD BECREATED TO BRING OTHERADDITIONAL LENDERS INTO THEPROGRAM.THE SIZE OF THE LOANS WOULD BETIED TO A FORMULA BASED ON THESMALL BUSINESS' AVERAGE MONTHLYPAYROLL AND THAT WOULD GO BACKTO FEBRUARY 15 SINCE THAT'S WHENTHE CORONAVIRUS REALLY STARTEDTO COME TO OUR COUNTRY AND HAVEAN IMPACT.THE MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT WOULD BE$10 MILLION.SO AS LONG AS THESE SMALLBUSINESSES RETAIN THEIREMPLOYEES AND ISSUE THOSEPAYCHECKS WHICH KEEP IN MINDALSO MEANS IN MANY CASES THATTHOSE EMPLOYEES WILL GET THEIRHEALTH INSURANCE AS WELL.THE PORTION OF THE LOAN USED TOCOVER PAYROLL AND MORTGAGEINTEREST, RENT, AND UTILITYWOULD ALSO BE FORGIVEN.FURTHERMORE, AND THIS ISIMPORTANT TO STATES LIKE THOSEOF THE PRESIDING OFFICER ANDMINE WHICH HAVE LARGE NUMBERS OFTOURISTS COMING EACH YEAR,EMPLOYERS AND TIPPED EMPLOYEESWOULD RECEIVE FORGIVENESS FORTHE ADDITIONAL WAGES PAID TOSUCH EMPLOYEES.IN ADDITION I WANT TO POINT OUTTHAT WORKERS WHO HAVE ALREADYLOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO THISCRISIS CAN BE REHIRED AND PAIDUNDER OUR PROGRAM, AND THATSHOULD BE OUR GOAL.MR. PRESIDENT, THIS VITALASSISTANCE CANNOT COME A MOMENTTOO SOON.THERE IS SO MANY SMALLBUSINESSES THAT HAVE ALREADYSHUT DOWN OR ARE ON THE VERGE OFDOING SO.THEY ARE TRYING TO HANG ON JUSTA LITTLE LONGER TO AVOID LAYINGOFF THEIR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE LIKEMEMBERS OF THEIR OWN FAMILY.IN FACT, IN MANY CASES THEY AREMEMBERS OF THEIR OWN FAMILY.WITHOUT THIS PACKAGE WE FACE ANUNEMPLOYMENT TSUNAMI THAT COULDREACH AS HIGH AS 20% ACCORDINGTO THE SECRETARY OF THETREASURY.NOT ONLY WOULD THIS CAUSETREMENDOUS HARM TO MILLIONS OFFAMILIES, BUT IT WOULD ALSO TAKEA MASSIVE TOLL ON THE FEDERALBUDGET FAR EXCEEDING THE $377BILLION THAT WE'RE USING FORTHIS SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCEPROGRAM TOE -- PROGRAM TO KEEPWORKERS PAID AND EMPLOYED.WHAT WE WANT IS TO MAKE SURETHOSE SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE,THAT THEY'RE HERE WHEN WE'VETRANSCENDED THIS CRISIS, ANDTHAT THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE STILLABLE TO COME BACK TO WORK FORTHEM.WE DON'T WANT TO BREAK THATLINK, THAT CONNECTION.WE DON'T WANT THOSE SMALLBUSINESSES TO GIVE UP ANDSHUTTER THEIR DOORS FOREVERDECIMATING OUR DOWNTOWNS ANDCAUSING PERMANENT JOB LOSS FORTHE WORKERS THAT ARE SO MUCH APART OF THEIR BUSINESS.NOW, LARGER BUSINESSES THAT AREFACING CASH FLOW ISSUES WOULD BEELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN LOANS SOTHAT THEY CAN AVOID LAYING OFFTHEIR WORKERS.HOWEVER, UNLIKE THE SMALLBUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMSWHICH WOULD HAVE THEIR LOANSFORGIVEN AS LONG AS THEY KEEPTHEIR WORKERS EMPLOYED, THELARGER BUSINESSES WOULD BEREQUIRED TO REPAY THESE LOANS INFULL.AND I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THATTHESE LARGE BUSINESSES WOULD BEBARRED FROM STOCK BUYBACKS ANDINCREASING EXECUTIVE PAY FOR THEDURATION OF THE LOAN.AND I FULLY SUPPORT THOSERESTRICTIONS.OF COURSE, MANY OF THOSE SMALLBUSINESSES DON'T HAVESHAREHOLDERS SO THE IDEA OF ASTOCK BUYBACK DOESN'T EXIST.NOW, SOME OF THEM, SUBCHAPTER SMAY BUT MANY OF THEM DO NOT.I'M ALSO PLEASED TO SAY THAT WEWOULD COVER THE SOLE PROPRIETOR,THE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR,THOSE MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO WERELY UPON TO MAKE OUR ECONOMYWORK.MR. PRESIDENT, FOLLOWING MYADVOCACY ALONG WITH MEMBERS FROMOTHER COASTAL STATE, I'M ALSOPLEASED THAT THE BILL INCLUDES$300 MILLION TO ASSIST WORKERSAND BUSINESSES IN OUR NATION'SFISHERIES WHICH SUPPORTTHOUSANDS OF JOBS IN THE GREATSTATE OF MAINE.WITH THIS LEGISLATIONHARVESTERS, FISHING COMMUNITIES,AGRICULTURE -- AGRICULTURALOPERATIONS AND OTHERFISHERY-RELATED BUSINESSES WILLBE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS $300MILLION IN ASSISTANCE WHICH MAYINCLUDE SOME DIRECT RELIEFPAYMENTS.THIS HELPS PROTECT OUR FOODSUPPLY CHAINS.AND THIS TARGETED RELIEF WILLHELP ENSURE THAT THE FAMILIESAND THE COASTAL COMMUNITIES THATDEPEND ON OUR FISHERIES CANEMERGE FROM THIS CRISIS.SIMILAR ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDEDTO OUR FARMERS AS WELL.MR. PRESIDENT, THIS BILL ALSOPROVIDES MORE THAN $30 BILLIONFOR STATES, SCHOOLS DISTRICT,COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES TOHELP THEM MEET THE UNEXPECTEDEXPENSES THAT HAVE FLOWED FROMTHE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.OUR SCHOOLS, OUR K-12 SCHOOLSWILL HAVE ACCESS TO $13.5BILLION WHICH WILL HELP THEMSUPPORT REMOTE LEARNING ANDMEETING THE NEEDS OF THEIRSTUDENTS.AND I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TORECOGNIZE THE DEDICATION OFTHOSE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS,SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE WORKERS ANDBUS DRIVERS WHO ARE NOT ONLYMAKING SURE THAT STUDENTS HAVEACCESS TO REMOTE LEARNING BUTARE MAKING SURE THAT STUDENTSHAVE ACCESS TO MEALS OFF SITE.THIS BILL PROVIDES FUNDING TOHELP THEM PROVIDE THOSE MEALSBUT UNFORTUNATELY -- IN CREATIVEBUT UNFORTUNATELY MORE COSTLYWAYS SUCH AS DELIVERINGPREPACKAGED MEALS ALONG BUSROUTES OR DIRECTLY TO STUDENTSIN THEIR HOMES SO THAT THEYWON'T BE HUNGRY.WE ALL KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THESCHOOL BREAKFAST AND SCHOOLLUNCH PROGRAMS ARE TO OUR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.WHEN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIESMADE THE VERY TOUGH DECISION TOSEND STUDENTS HOME FOR THESEMESTER, I SPOKE WITH SEVERALPRESIDENTS IN MAINE AND THEYTOLD ME ABOUT THE STEPS THEYWERE TAKING TO MAKE SURE THATTHEIR STUDENTS COULD STILLRECEIVE A QUALITY EDUCATIONALBEIT ONLINE OR REMOTELY.THEY WERE ALSO TAKING STEPS ASWELL THEY SHOULD TO REIMBURSESTUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES FORROOM AND BOARD, AND THEY'VESHORTENED TRAVEL STUDY PROGRAMS.THEY'RE INVESTING IN THESOFTWARE AND HARDWAREINFRASTRUCTURES TO BRING CLASSESONLINE QUICKLY.THEY'RE DOING EVEN MORE THANTHAT, MR. PRESIDENT.THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, FOREXAMPLE, HAS PARTNERED WITH THESTATE TO PREPARE ITS DORMS ANDITS FACILITIES FOR EMERGENCYUSES IF NECESSARY.SO THE DIRECT AID TO COLLEGESAND UNIVERSITIES IS NEEDED TOHELP THESE INSTITUTIONS OFFSETTHESE SUDDEN REVENUE LOSSES ANDUNEXPECTED COSTS.THERE'S ALSO TEMPORARYFLEXIBILITY APPLIED TO STUDENTAID, TO STUDENT LOANS THAT ALSOWILL BE VERY HELPFUL.THIS AGREEMENT, MR. PRESIDENT,IS NOT ONLY A LIFELINE FORWORKERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, ANDSCHOOLS, IT BUILDS ON THEPREVIOUS TWO PACKAGES THATCONGRESS HAS PASSED TO PROMOTETHE HEALTH AND SAFETY OFAMERICANS.IT MAKES SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTIN OUR NATION'S HEALTH SYSTEM,BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH ANDEDUCATION, INCLUDING A $130BILLION INFUSION FOR OURHOSPITALS AND HEALTH CAREPROVIDERS THAT ARE STRUGGLING TOCOPE WITH THIS INFLUX OFPATIENTS AND IT PROVIDES $20BILLION FOR ADDITIONAL RESOURCESFOR VETERANS HEALTH CARE.IT AUTHORIZES AN $11 BILLIONCATALYST TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENTOF AN EFFECTIVE VACCINE ANDTHERAPEUTICS, EFFECTIVETREATMENTS FOR THOSE STRUCK BYTHIS VIRUS.IT PROVIDES A BILLION DOLLARSFOR COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCKGRANTS TO SUPPORT CRITICALSOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS FORMILLIONS OF LOW-INCOMEINDIVIDUALS.IT GIVES THE CENTERS FOR DISEASECONTROL ADDITIONAL FUNDING TOENHANCE ITS VITAL WORK.IT IS COMMUNITIES RESPONDING TOGREATER SERVICES WITH ANINCREASE OF $5 BILLION FORCOMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCKGRANTS.THAT COMES FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEETHAT I CHAIR.IT HELPS WITH TRANSIT SYSTEMS.THERE'S WIDESPREAD HELP FORTHOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS OR AMONGSOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE INOUR POPULATION.IT STRENGTHENS THE LOW-INCOMEHOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.THAT'S SOMETHING THAT SENATORJACK REED AND I HAVE LONG WORKEDTOGETHER ON.WE DON'T WANT FAMILIES ANDSENIORS MAKING IMPOSSIBLECHOICES BETWEEN HEATING THEIRHOMES AND BUYING FOOD ORMEDICINE.THIS PACKAGE ALSO CONTAINS TWOADDITIONAL PIECES OF LEGISLATIONTHAT I'VE INTRODUCED ANDCHAMPIONED.FIRST IT CONTAINS PROVISIONSFROM THE MITIGATING EMERGENCYDRUG SHORTAGES OR MEDS,LEGISLATION I AUTHOR THAD WILLHELP PREVENT A SHORTAGE OF VITALMEDICATIONS.I WAS SHOCKED, MR. PRESIDENT, TOLEARN THAT 72% OF THE FACILITIESTHAT MAKE VITAL, ACTIVEPHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENTS FOROUR MARKET HERE IN AMERICA ARELOCATED OVERSEAS.13% OF THESE FACILITIES INCHINA.WE JUST CAN'T HAVE THAT AND WENEED FAR GREATER VISIBILITY INTOTHAT SUPPLY SYSTEM.IT ALSO CONTAINS A BILL THAT IHAVE LONG ADVOCATED FOR, THEHOME HEALTH CARE PLANNINGIMPROVEMENT ACT.IT WILL ALLOW NURSEPRACTITIONERS, PHYSICIANASSISTANTS, AND OTHERS TOCERTIFY PATIENTS AS NEEDING HOMEHEALTH SERVICES.NOW IT'S JUST A PHYSICIAN THATCAN DO IT, EVEN THOUGH APHYSICIAN MIGHT NOT BE THEPRIMARY CARE PROVIDERPARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS.SO THAT WILL REMOVE NEEDLESSDELAYS IN GETTING MEDICAREPATIENTS THE HOME HEALTH CARETHAT THEY NEED.THAT'S A CRITICAL IMPROVEMENT ATA TIME WHEN OUR HEALTH CARESYSTEM IS BEING PUT TO THE TESTAND WHEN PEOPLE ARE BEING TOLDTHEY NEED TO STAY IN THEIR OWNHOMES TO AVOID SPREADING THEVIRUS.THE LIST OF BENEFITS THAT WILLBE FELT IN COMMUNITIES ACROSSTHE COUNTRY GOES ON AND ON.MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S IMPERATIVETHAT WE PASS THIS BILL TONIGHT.EVERY DAY, MORE SMALL BUSINESSESARE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS.EVERY DAY, AMERICANS ARE LOSINGTHEIR JOBS AND THEIR INCOME.EVERY DAY, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALSARE INCREASINGLY OVERWHELMED BYTHE EXPONENTIAL RISE IN CASES.THE PACKAGE WE ARE VOTING ON TOADVANCE TONIGHT WILL BOLSTER OURHEALTH CARE SYSTEM, INFUSE FUNDSINTO BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH THATWILL ULTIMATELY PRODUCE AVACCINE AND EFFECTIVETREATMENTS, SHORE UP OUR ECONOMYAND OUR BUSINESSES, SUPPORTTHOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED,STRENGTHEN THE LENGTH BETWEENEMPLOYERS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES,SAVE MILLIONS OF JOBS OF THOSEEMPLOYED BY SMALL BUSINESSES,AND HELP PREVENT A DEVASTATEINGRECESSION, PERHAPS EVEN ADEPRESSION IN THIS COUNTRY.LET US NOT SQUANDER THISMOMENTUM WHEN WE'RE SO CLOSE TOGETTING THIS DONE FOR THEAMERICAN PEOPLE.I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN MEIN PASSING THIS CRITICALLEGISLATION.THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT.MR. VAN HOLLEN: MADAM PRESIDENT.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM MARYLAND ISRECOGNIZED.MR. VAN HOLLEN: THANK YOU,MADAM PRESIDENT.AS OTHER SENATORS HAVEMENTIONED, WE SEE OUR FELLOWAMERICANS UNITING AROUND THECOUNTRY TO FIGHT THECORONAVIRUS, TO HELP THOSE INNEED.MOST OF ALL, WE'RE GRATEFUL TOTHE MEN AND WOMEN IN HEALTH CARE, THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ONTHE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT,THE NURSES, THE DOCTORS, ALL THEOTHER STAFF AND HOSPITALS ANDCOMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS INCLINICS WHO ARE PUTTINGTHEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN HEALTHAT RISK TO HELP THEIR FELLOWAMERICANS.AND WE IN THE SENATE, LIKE OURFELLOW AMERICANS, MUST COMETOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THINGFOR THE COUNTRY AT THIS MOMENTIN TIME.TO PROVIDE A SURGE OF HELP TOTHOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THECORONAVIRUS FIGHT AND TO HELPTHOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM THEECONOMIC FALLOUT.WORKERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES ANDMID-SIZED BUSINESSES AND OTHERSWHO ARE ABSOLUTELY GETTINGCLOBBERED, AS WE ALL TRY TOFIGHT THIS VIRUS TOGETHER.AND SO CONGRESS MUST UNITE THISEVENING, AS WE HAVE ON TWO PRIOROCCASIONS DURING THIS EMERGENCY.WHEN WE CAME TOGETHER TO PASSPHASE ONE, TO PROVIDE EMERGENCYIMMEDIATE HEALTH CARE SUPPORT TOPUBLIC HEALTH ENTITIES, TOPROVIDE MORE FUNDS TO DORESEARCH ON A VACCINE FOR THECORONAVIRUS, MORE FUNDS FORRESEARCH ON ANTIVIRALS TOADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS, ANDTHEN WE PASSED ROUND TWO, THEFAMILIES FIRST ACT WHERE WE MADESURE THAT THAT TESTING WAS FREEBECAUSE WE DON'T WANT ANYAMERICAN TO SAY I'M NOT GOING TOGET TESTED EVEN THOUGH I FEELLIKE I MIGHT HAVE THE SYMPTOMS,I'M NOT GOING TO GET TESTEDBECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD IT,PUTTING BOTH THEMSELVES ANDOTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY AT RISK.SO WE SAID WE HAVE GOT TO MAKESURE THESE TESTS ARE FREE, ANDWE ALSO PROVIDED SICK LEAVE,SICK LEAVE BECAUSE WE DON'T WANTANYBODY GOING TO WORK WHEN THEYFEEL SICK AND THEY HAVE THEVIRUS IF GOING TO WORK IS THEONLY WAY THEY CAN PUT FOOD ONTHE TABLE BY GETTING A PAYCHECK.SO WE SAID LOOK, STAY AT HOMEAND WE'LL PROVIDE FOR PAIDLEAVE.NOW, THERE WAS A GAP, A BIG GAPIN THAT THAT STILL NEEDS TO BEADDRESSED, BUT WE TOOK SOMEIMPORTANT MEASURES IN PHASE ONEAND PHASE TWO, AND NOW HERE WEARE THIS EVENING ON PHASE THREE.WHERE WE'RE NOT ONLY PROVIDINGADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO FIGHT THECORONAVIRUS AND THE HEALTHEMERGENCY, BUT ALSO DEALING WITHTHE ECONOMIC FALLOUT WHICH ISGROWING BY THE DAY.AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO THROUGHALL THE PROVISIONS THAT DO THAT,AND I WILL SAY THAT THIS BILL ISFAR FROM PERFECT.THIS IS NOT A BILL THAT I WOULDHAVE WRITTEN.I DARE SAY IT'S PROBABLY NOT THEBILL THAT ANY ONE SENATOR WOULDHAVE WRITTEN.BUT WITH ALL ITS FLAWS, IT DOESSOME VERY IMPORTANT THINGS ANDTHINGS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELYNECESSARY DURING THIS NATIONALEMERGENCY.THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALKTONIGHT ABOUT THE UNINSURANCECOMPENSATION PROVISION.THOSE ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIALAS A LIFELINE TO WORKERS WHOEACH DAY ARE LOSING THEIR JOBSAROUND THE COUNTRY IN MANYINDUSTRIES.AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIALTHAT IN THAT PROCESS, PEOPLE WHOARE OUT OF WORK THROUGH NO FAULTOF THEIR OWN ARE STILL ABLE TOPAY THEIR BILLS OR RENT ORMORTGAGE OR KEEP THEIR LIGHTS ONOR FOR FOOD, AND THAT'S WHY WEARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THEYHAVE REAL REPLACEMENT INCOMEDURING THIS FOUR-MONTH EMERGENCYPERIOD.AND THE PROVISIONS REGARDINGSMALL BUSINESSES ANDMIDDLE-SIZED BUSINESSES, THOSEARE VERY IMPORTANT, TOO.I'M SURE WE ARE ALL HEARING FROMFOLKS WHO ALREADY HAD TO CLOSETHEIR DOORS BECAUSE WHEN THEREARE NO CUSTOMERS COMING IN THEDOOR, THERE ARE NO SALES, NOINCOME, AND SO IF YOU'RE A SMALLBUSINESS, YOU CAN'T MAKE YOURDEBT PAYMENTS AND YOU CAN'T MAKEPAYROLL.SO THIS BILL DOES HAVE A LOT OFVERY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN ITWITH RESPECT TO SMALLBUSINESSES, AND I'M REALLY GLADTHAT WE MOVED WITH RESPECT FROMSMALL BUSINESSES TO LOANS ONLYTO LOANS THAT WOULD BE FORGIVENSO LONG AS THE SMALL BUSINESSESSPENT THOSE MONEYS TO MAINTAINPAYROLL OR HIRE PEOPLE IF WEHAVE ALREADY LET THEM GO AND TOPAY ESSENTIAL BILLS.BECAUSE JUST ADDING MORE LOANSAND DEBT ONTO SMALL BUSINESSESWOULD ONLY BE LIKE AN ANCHORAROUND THEIR NEXT AT THE END OFA FOUR-MONTH OR WHATEVER PERIODIT MAY BE.THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DIGTHEMSELVES OUT OF THAT HOLE.SO THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TOHAVE LOANS THAT WILL BE FORGIVENSO LONG AS THE LOANS ARE USEDFOR THE INTENDED PURPOSES.AND WE ALSO MADE IMPORTANTPROVISIONS FOR NONPROFITS WHOHIRE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ANDAS WELL FOR MID-SIZEDBUSINESSES.WITH RESPECT TO SOME OF THELARGEST INDUSTRIES IN THECOUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN HARD HIT,IT'S APPROPRIATE TO ALSO GIVETHEM HELP, BUT IT'S ALSOIMPORTANT THAT AS WE DO THAT, WESAFEGUARD THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERAND THE PUBLIC INTEREST, ANDWHEN THE PROPOSAL FIRST ARRIVEDHERE IN THE SENATE FROM THEWHITE HOUSE, WE WERE LOOKING ATABOUT A $500 BILLION SLUSH FUNDWITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, NOREAL ACCOUNTABILITY, NO REALTRANSPARENCY.AND SO WE HAVE TRIED TO TIE THATDOWN SO THAT WE WILL HAVE ANINSPECTOR GENERAL WITH SUBPOENAPOWER, SO THAT WE WILL ENSURETHAT THERE WILL BE NO STOCKBUYBACKS WITH THESE EMERGENCYFUNDS.NOW, WE'RE GOING TO STILL LOOKAT THE FINE PRINT, BUT WE HAVECOME A LONG WAY FROM THEPROPOSED BLANK CHECK TO THEPRESIDENT OF THE SECRETARY OFTHE TREASURY WHICH WAS IN THEBILL AS IT ARRIVED HERE ASPROPOSED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.THERE IS ANOTHER THING IN THEBILL BEFORE US TONIGHT THAT WASNOT IN THE BILL PROPOSED BY THEADMINISTRATION, AND THAT ISBADLY NEEDED HELP FOR STATES ANDCITIES AND TOWNS WHO ARE ON THEFRONT LINES OF THIS BATTLEACROSS THE COUNTRY.WE HEARD ABOUT FIVE, SIX DAYSAGO FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER,LET'S JUST WAIT.MAYBE WE CAN DO THAT SOMETIMEDOWN THE ROAD.WELL, WE HAVE HEARD FROM ABIPARTISAN GROUP OF GOVERNORS TOTHE NATIONAL GOVERNORS'ASSOCIATION THAT THEY NEED THATHELP NOW, AND I'M SURE YOU HAVEALL BEEN FIELDING CALLS FROMYOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, YOURGOVERNORS AND OTHERS ABOUT HOWTHEY DESPERATELY NEED ADDITIONALHELP TO FIGHT THIS VIRUS.AND SO I'M GLAD THAT THIS BILLCONTAINS $150 BILLION TO HELPTHOSE STATES.NOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, I WANT TORAISE TONIGHT SOMETHING THAT IDISCOVERED ABOUT THIS BILL JUSTA FEW HOURS AGO THAT GIVES MEREAL HEARTBURN AND ACTUALLY IBELIEVE REFLECTS BADLY ON THISUNITED STATES SENATE.HERE'S HOW WE DISTRIBUTED THEFUNDS TO THE STATES.EACH STATE, REGARDLESS OFPOPULATION, GETS $1.2 BILLION,AND THEN THE REMAINDER OF THEMONEY UP TO $150 BILLION ISDISTRIBUTED TO STATES BASED ONPOPULATION.NOW, YOU CAN QUESTION WHETHERTHAT'S THE BEST AND MOSTEFFECTIVE WAY TO -- TOESSENTIALLY ALLOCATE RESOURCESWHEN YOU'RE FIGHTING ACORONAVIRUS LIKE THIS, WHICH ISMORE INTENSE IN SOME PLACES THANOTHERS, BUT THAT'S NOT MYOVERALL POINT RIGHT NOW.HERE IS WHAT WE DISCOVERED.THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICTOF COLUMBIA, PEOPLE OF THENATION'S CAPITAL, WERE LEFT OUTOF THAT FORMULA.THEY ARE FIGHTING THECORONAVIRUS JUST LIKE AMERICANSIN EVERY OTHER STATE AND CITY.THEY ARE PART OF OTHER FEDERALFORMULAS.FOR EXAMPLE, TITLE 1 FOREDUCATION.HIGHWAY FUNDS.AND OTHER FEDERAL FORMULADOLLARS GO TO THE PEOPLE OF THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.THEY HAVE A POPULATION THAT ISHIGHER THAN TWO OF THE 50 STATESTHERE ARE MORE RESIDENTS OF THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THENATION'S CAPITAL, THAN THE STATEOF WYOMING AND THE STATE OFVERMONT.BUT THEY WERE LEFT OUT OF THATCATEGORY THAT THEY ARE USUALLYPUT IN, AND INSTEAD THEY WEREPUT INTO A FORMULA WITH PUERTORICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS,AMERICAN SAMOA, AND SOME OF THETERRITORIES.AND THE NET EFFECT OF THAT, THENET EFFECT OF PUTTING PEOPLE INTHE NATION'S CAPITAL IN THATFORMULA VERSUS THE FORMULA WITHTHE STATES WILL COST THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ABOUT$700 MILLION.THAT'S BECAUSE THAT OTHERFORMULA IS BASED ENTIRELY ONPOPULATION, AND PUERTO RICO HASABOUT THREE MILLION PEOPLE INIT, AND SO WHEN YOU PUT THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA INTO THATFUNDING KETTLE, INTO THATFUNDING POT, THEY GETSHORTCHANGED $700 MILLION.AND THAT'S THE CASE EVEN THOUGHTHE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA -- THE PEOPLE OF THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SEND THEFEDERAL TREASURY MORE TAXDOLLARS THAN THE PEOPLE OF 22OTHER STATES.LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN.THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA SEND THE I.R.S. MORETAX REVENUES THAN THE PEOPLE OF22 OTHER STATES.AND YET WHEN IT CAME TIME TOWRITE THE FORMULA FORDISTRIBUTING EMERGENCY FUNDSUNDER THE CORONAVIRUS, THEYWEREN'T PART OF THE KIND OFFUNDING FORMULAS THEY NORMALLYARE.NOW, I ASKED ABOUT THIS BECAUSEI THOUGHT MAYBE THIS WOULD BE ASIMPLE FIX.I MEAN, SURELY IN A BILL OF$2 TRILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF,WE CAN DO RIGHT BY THE PEOPLE OFTHE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND NOTSHORTCHANGE THEM $700 MILLION.AND THE ANSWER I GOT BACK WASNO.NO, NO, THIS WAS NOT A MISTAKE.THIS WAS NOT AN OVERSIGHT.THAT REPUBLICAN NEGOTIATORSINSISTED ON SHORTCHANGING THEPEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA.AND IF I'M WRONG ABOUT THAT, ITWOULD BE A VERY EASY FIX IN ANAMENDMENT THAT COULD BE OFFEREDBY THE MAJORITY LEADER, AND I'MSURE ACCEPTED UNANIMOUSLY,ACCEPTED UNANIMOUSLY, EXCEPT FORTHE FACT THAT THIS ACTUALLY WASA POINT THAT WAS NEGOTIATED.NOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, I'M NOTGOING TO HOLD UP A $2 TRILLIONEMERGENCY RESCUE PACKAGE THAT ISURGENTLY NEEDED BY THE COUNTRYFOR THIS, BUT I THINK IT'SSHAMEFUL, I THINK IT'S SHAMEFULTHAT IN A $2 TRILLION EMERGENCYRESCUE PACKAGE, WE WOULDSHORTCHANGE THE PEOPLE RIGHTHERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL.PEOPLE WHO WE SEE COMING INTOWORK EVERY DAY.MANY OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEESWHO WORKDAY IN AND DAY OUT FORTHE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.MANY OF THEM LIVE HERE, MANY OFTHEM LIVE IN SURROUNDING STATES,MANY OF THEM LIVE ALL OVER THECOUNTRY, BUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHOLIVE HERE, TO SHORTCHANGE THEMAND TO DO IT INTENTIONALLY.IT IS REALLY OUTRAGEOUS.AND SO HERE WE ARE COMINGTOGETHER, AND THAT'S THE RIGHTTHING TO DO.AS I SAID, THIS BILL HAS MANY,MANY FLAWS AND MANY, MANYPROBLEMS.I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T HAVEWRITTON IN THIS WAY -- WRITTONTHIS WAY, AND I WOULD NEVER HAVEDONE WRONG TO THE PEOPLE OF THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THE WAY ITWAS INTENTIONALLY DONE IN THISBILL.BUT OVERALL, WE NEED THIS BOILFOR THE COUNTRY.WE NEED IT BECAUSE WE HAVE ANATIONAL EMERGENCY BOTH ON THEHEALTH CARE FRONT AND ECONOMICFRONT.SO I HOPE GOING AWAY FROM HERE,AS WE COME TOGETHER -- AND IHOPE WE'LL DO THE RIGHT THINGWITH A LARGE VOTE -- I HOPETHERE WILL BE SOME SENATORSWHOEVER WERE PART OF NEGOTIATINGTHAT DEAL WHO SAID, NO, WE'REGOING TO SHORTCHANGE OF PEOPLEOF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.I HOPE THEY WILL FEEL A LITTLEBIT OF SHAME, AND I THINK ALLTHOSE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T WITHAENS TO CHANGE IN PROVISION,WHICH IS EASY TO CHANGE, JUSTLIKE THAT, SHOULD FEEL ASHAMED.THIS IS OUR NATION'S CAPITAL,THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORKHERE DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITHRESPECT.THERE'S NO UNITED STATES SENATORWHO REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE OF THEDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.SOME SIMPLIFY US WHO LIVE IN THESURROUNDING AREAS WORK HARD TODO SO.I JUST WISH SENATORS FROM THEREST OF THE COUNTRY ANDESPECIALLY IN THIS CASEAPPARENTLY OUR REPUBLICANCOLLEAGUES WOULD SHOW A LITTLERESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVEIN THE CAPITAL OF THIS GREATCOUNTRY.AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. McCONNELL: MADAMPRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEMAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.MR. McCONNELL: I ASK UNANIMOUSCONSENT THE CLOTURE MOTION WITHRESPECT TO THE MOTION TO PROCEEDTO H.R. 748 BE WITHDRAWN.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ISTHERE OBJECTION?WITHOUT OBJECTION.MR. McCONNELL: I ASK UNANIMOUSCONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TOTHE IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OFH.R. 748.FURTHER, THAT THE ONLYAMENDMENTS IN ORDER BEAMENDMENTS TO BE OFFERED BYSENATOR McCONNELL, 1578, ANDSENATOR SASSE 1577 OR THEIRDESIGNEES.FURTHER, THAT THE SENATE VOTE ONTHE SASSE AMENDMENT WITH A60-VOTE AFFIRMATIVE THRESHOLDFOR ADOPTION.FURTHER, FOLLOWING DISPOSITIONOF THE SASSE AMENDMENT, THEMcCONNELL AMENDMENT AS AMENDEDIF AMENDED BE AGREED TO, THEBILL AS AMENDED BE READ A THIRDTIME AND THE SENATE VOTE ON THEPASSAGE OF THE BILL AS AMENDEDWITH A 60-AFFIRMATIVE VOTETHRESHOLD FOR PASSAGE.FINALLY, IF PASSED, THE MOTIONTO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADEAND LAID UPON THE TABLE AND THATALL ROLL CALL VOTES IN THISSERIES BE 30 MINUTES IN LENGTH.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ISTHERE OBJECTION?WITHOUT OBJECTION.THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.THE CLERK: CALENDAR 157, H.R.748, AN ACT TO AMEND THEINTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986AND SO FORTH.MR. McCONNELL: MADAMPRESIDENT, I ASK CONSENT THAT IPROCEED UNDER MY LEADER TIME.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. McCONNELL: SO HERE WE ARE,COLLEAGUES, FOR THE INFORMATIONOF ALL OF OUR SENATORS, WE WILLFIRST VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OFTHE SASSE AMENDMENT AT A 60-VOTETHRESHOLD AND THEN OUR SECONDAND FINAL VOTE WILL BE ONPASSAGE OF THE CARES ACT ALSO ATA 60-VOTE THRESHOLD.WE'RE GOING TO PASS THISBIPARTISAN RELIEF PACKAGE, SENDIT OVER TO THE HOUSE SO THEY CANPUT IT ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.WHEN THE SENATE ADJOURNS THISEVENING, OUR NEXT SCHEDULED VOTEWILL BE AFTERNOON OF MONDAY,APRIL 20.OF COURSE, DURING THISUNPRECEDENTED TIME FOR OURCOUNTRY, THE SENATE IS GOING TOSTAY NIMBLE.AS ALWAYS WE WILL CONVENEREGULAR PRO FORMA SESSIONS ANDIF CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE THESENATE TO RETURN FOR A VOTESOONER THAN APRIL 20, WE WILLPROVIDE AT LEAST 24 HOURSNOTICE.OUR NATION OBVIOUSLY IS GOINGTHROUGH A KIND OF CRISIS THAT ISTOTALLY UNPRECEDENTED IN LIVINGMEMORY.LET'S STAY CONNECTED ANDCONTINUE TO COLLABORATE ON THEBEST WAYS TO KEEP HELPING OURSTATES AND OUR COUNTRY THROUGHTHIS PANDEMIC.LET'S CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ONEANOTHER, FOR ALL OF OURFAMILIES, AND FOR OUR COUNTRY.MR. SCHUMER: MADAM PRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEMINORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.MR. SCHUMER: NOW, MADAMPRESIDENT, AND I'LL SPEAK FOR ALITTLE BIT BRIEFLY, THELEGISLATION NOW BEFORE US ISHISTORIC BECAUSE IT IS MEANT TOMATCH A HISTORIC CRISIS.OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NOTPREPARED TO CARE FOR THE SICK.OUR WORKERS -- COULD WE HAVEORDER, MADAM PRESIDENT.MR. SCHUMER: OUR WORKERS, OURHEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NOTPREPARED TO CARE FOR THE SICK.OUR WORKERS ARE WITHOUT WORK.OUR BUSINESSES CANNOT DOBUSINESS.OUR FACTORIES LIE IDLE.THE GEARS OF THE AMERICANECONOMY HAVE GROUND TO A HALT.OUR COUNTRY HAS FACED IMMENSECHALLENGES BEFORE BUT RARELY SOMANY AT THE SAME TIME.OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, THESENATE HAS STEPPED INTO THEBREACH.WE PACKED WEEKS OR PERHAPSMONTHS OF LEGISLATIVE PROCESSINTO FIVE DAYS.REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH SIDESOF THE AISLE AND BOTH ENDS OFPENNSYLVANIA AVENUE HAVE FORGEDTHE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ANDHIGH -- IN HIGHLY PARTISAN TIMESWITH VERY LITTLE TIME TO SPARE.IT'S BEEN A LONG, HARD ROAD WITHA REMARKABLE NUMBER OF TWISTSAND TURNS, BUT FOR THE SAKE OFMILLIONS OF AMERICANS, IT WILLBE WORTH IT.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO SAVEMILLIONS OF SMALL BUSINESSES ANDTENS OF MILLIONS OF JOBS.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO SEE THATAMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIRJOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIROWN WILL BE ABLE TO PAY THEIRRENT AND MORTGAGES AND PUT FOODON THE TABLE BECAUSE WE PASSEDTHE GREATEST EXPANSION OFINSURANCE TO THE EMPLOYED -- TOTHE UNEMPLOYED IN DECADES.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO SENDGLOVES AND MASKS TO OUR NURSESAND TO OUR DOCTORS.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO SENDVENTILATORS AND BEDS TO OURHOSPITALS AND BEGIN REBUILDINGTHE PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTUREIN AMERICA, A MARSHALL PLAN INTHIS NEW CENTURY FOR OUR MEDICALSYSTEM.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO SAVEINDUSTRIES FROM THE BRINK OFCOLLAPSE IN ORDER TO SAVE THEJOBS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OFAMERICANS IN THOSE INDUSTRIES.IT WILL BE WORTH IT TO PUTWORKERS FIRST.IT WAS A LONG, HARD ROAD.NEITHER SIDE CAN BE COMPLETELYHAPPY WITH THE FINAL PRODUCT.BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT.AND I'M DAMN PROUD OF THE WORKWE DID OVER THE PAST FEW DAYSBECAUSE WE PUT IN THE WORK,BECAUSE WE TESTED THE LIMITS OFEXHAUSTION, BECAUSE WE DIDN'TIMMEDIATELY ACCEPT A BILLDRAFTED BY ONLY ONE PARTY, THELEGISLATION BEFORE US TONIGHT ISBETTER, BETTER FOR OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND THE 65,000AMERICANS NOW AFFLICTED WITHCOVID-19, BETTER FOR OURWORKERS, BETTER FOR OUR SMALLBUSINESSES, BETTER FOR OURINDIAN TRIBES, BETTER FOR OURECONOMY, AND BETTER FOR THEAMERICAN PEOPLE.AND SO I MUST THANK MYCOLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THEAISLE, ESPECIALLY THE CHAIRS ANDRANKING MEMBERS AND THEIRSTAFFS.THE PAST FEW DAYS HAVE BEENFILLED WITH DRAMA.THE PAST FEW HOURS WERE NOEXCEPTION.I KNOW A FEW OF MY REPUBLICANFRIENDS STILL HARBOR RESERVATIONS ABOUT VOTING FORTHIS LEGISLATION, BUT WHENTHERE'S A CRISIS OF THISMAGNITUDE, THE PRIVATE SECTORCANNOT SOLVE IT.INDIVIDUALS EVEN WITH BRAVERYAND VALOR ARE NOT POWERFULENOUGH TO BEAT IT BACK.GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY FORCELARGE ENOUGH TO STAUNCH THEBLEEDING AND BEGIN THE HEALING.THIS IS A TIME WHEN THE AMERICANPEOPLE NEED THEIR GOVERNMENT.THIS IS WHAT WE WERE ELECTEDFOR.THE OATH WE SWEAR TO THECONSTITUTION MEANS WE MUSTPROTECT THE GENERAL WELFARE OFTHE PEOPLE.SO LET US MARSHAL THISGOVERNMENT INTO ACTION.THERE ARE MILLIONS OF AMERICANSWATCHING OUT RIGHT NOW AT HOMEON THEIR TELEVISIONS, SEPARATEDFROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FEARFULFOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIRLIVELIHOOD, UNSURE WHEN THE TIMEWILL COME WHEN ALL OF OUR LIVESMAY RETURN TO NORMAL.LET US TELL THEM TONIGHT THATHELP IS ON THE WAY, THAT THEYARE NOT TRULY ALONE, THAT THISCOUNTRY, THAT THIS SENATE, THATTHIS GOVERNMENT IS HERE FOR THEMIN A TIME OF DIRE NEED.THIS IS STRANGE -- THIS IS ASTRANGE AND EVIL DISEASE.THERE IS MUCH WE STILL DON'TKNOW ABOUT IT, AND IT IS KEEPINGUS APART.WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL INSTEADOF HUGGING EACH OTHER, WE'LLWAVE FROM A DISTANCE.NONE OF US CAN KNOW WHEN THISPLAGUE WILL PASS.THE ONLY THING WE KNOW FOR SUREIS THAT WE MUST SUMMON THE SAMESPIRIT THAT SAW PREVIOUS OFGENERATIONS THROUGH AMERICA'SDARKEST HOURS.FELLOWSHIP, SACRIFICE,FORTITUDE, RESILIENCE, THAT ISWHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AMERICAN.WITH THAT SPIRIT THIS NATIONFACED DOWN WAR AND DEPRESSIONAND FEAR ITSELF.I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT ONCE AGAINAMERICA WILL ULTIMATELY PREVAIL.I YIELD THE FLOOR.MR. McCONNELL: MADAMPRESIDENT?THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEMAJORITY LEADER IS RECOGNIZED.MR. McCONNELL: I CALL UP THESUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1578 ANDASK THAT IT BE REPORTED BYNUMBER.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.THE AMENDMENT WILL BE REPORTEDBY NUMBER.THE CLERK: THE SENATOR FROMKENTUCKY MR. McCONNELLPROPOSES AN AMENDMENT NUMBERED1578.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM NEBRASKA ISRECOGNIZED.MR. SASSE: I CALL UP AMENDMENT1577 AND ASK THAT IT BE REPORTEDBY NUMBER.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.THE AMENDMENT WILL BE REPORTEDBY NUMBER.THE CLERK: THE SENATOR FROMNEBRASKA MR. SASSE PROPOSES ANAMENDMENT NUMBERED 1577 TOAMENDMENT NUMBERED 1578.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEQUESTION IS ON THE SASSEAMENDMENT.MR. SASSE: I ASK FOR THE YAYSAND NAYS.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ISTHERE SUFFICIENT SECOND?THERE APPEARS TO BE.THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.VOTE:VOTE:THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ARE THEREANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBERWISHING TO VOTE OR TO CHANGETHEIR VOTE?IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 48, THENAYS ARE 48.THE 60-VOTE THRESHOLD HAVING NOTBEEN ACHIEVED, THE AMENDMENT ISNOT AGREED TO.UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER,AMENDMENT NUMBER 1578 IS AGREEDTO.THE CLERK WILL READ THE TITLE OFTHE BILL FOR THE THIRD TIME.THE CLERK: CALENDAR NUMBER 157,H.R. 748, AN ACT TO AMEND THEINTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TOREPEAL THE EXCISE TAX ONHIGH-COST EMPLOYER-SPONSOREDHEALTH COVERAGE.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THEQUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF H.R.748 AS AMENDED.IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND?THERE APPEARS TO BE.THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.VOTE:VOTE:THE PRESIDING OFFICER: ON THISVOTE, THE YEAS ARE THE 6, THENAYS PROSECUTE ZERO.THE 60-VOTE THRESHOLD HAVINGBEEN ACHIEVED,S BILL IS PASSED.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THESENATOR FROM ALASKA.MR. SULLIVAN: MR. PRESIDENT, IASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THESENATE BE IN A PERIOD OF MORNINGBUSINESS.THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUTOBJECTION.MR. SULLIVAN: THANK YOU.MR. PRESIDENT, WE JUST FINISHEDHERE ON THE SENATE FLOOR SOMEVERY, VERY IMPORTANT WORK FORTHE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND HAVETHE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE, WHATWE'RE CALLING PHASE THREE OF OURVERY IMPORTANT RESPONSE TO THISUNPRECEDENTED PANDEMIC THAT ISHITTING OUR COUNTRY.THE HEALTH OF THE OUR COUNTRY,THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF OURNATION, AND SO WE ACTED.A NUMBER OF US WORKED WELL OVERTHE PAST WEEK AROUND THE CLOCKTO PUT THIS LEGISLATIONTOGETHER.AND I THINK IT WAS A STRONGSHOWING OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.I WAS ON THE FLOOR A COUPLE DAYSAGO SAYING THAT WHAT WE NEEDEDTO DO WERE FOUR KEY THINGS --PUT CASH DIRECTLY IN THE HANDSOF HURTING FAMILIES IN ALASKAAND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY,DELIVER RAPID RELIEF TO SMALLBUSINESSES BEING CRUSHED BY THISPANDEMIC AND HAVING TO LAY OFFWORKERS, STABILIZING KEY STEEKTERSE OF THE ECONOMY TO -- KEYSECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, ANDSENDING A SURGE OF NEW RESOURCESTO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO AREON THE FRONT LINES.AND, MR. PRESIDENT, WE DID THAT.WE DID THAT RELATIVELY QUICKLY.IT COULD HAVE BEEN FASTER.BUT THOSE WERE OUR GOALS, ANDTHAT'S WHAT WE ACHIEVED HERE.BUT HERE'S THE FACT --THIS WAS LEGISLATION VERYIMPORTANT.IT WASN'T PERFECT, AND THERE'SPROBABLY A LOT OF MISTAKES HERE.WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO CORRECTTHEM QUICKLY.THERE'S PROBABLY AMERICANS WHOWEREN'T COVERED IN SOME WAY,SHAPE, OR FORM BY THISLEGISLATION WHO NEED HELP, ANDWE'RE GOING TO NEED TO COVERTHEM QUICKLY.THERE'S LIKELY NEW CHALLENGES INTHIS PANDEMIC THAT SEEMS TO BECHANGING EVERY DAY -- NEWCHALLENGES WITH REGARD TO THISCRISIS THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEEDTO ADDRESS.AND THE FINAL THING,MR. PRESIDENT, IS WHEN WE LOOKAT WHAT WE JUST DID HERE, THISWAS FOCUSED ON THE IMMEDIATECRISIS.BUSINESS INTERRUPTIONS, THEHEALTH CRISIS.BUT WHAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKINGAT IS WHEN WE GET THROUGH THISCRISIS -- AND WE WILL, MORERESILIENT, MORE STRONGER THANEVER.AS I MENTIONED IN MY REMARKS THEOTHER DAY, SOME "WASHINGTONPOST" REPORTERS A COUPLE DAYSAGO QUESTIONED THE METTLE ANDRESILIENCY OF AMERICANS.MAYBE WE'RE NOT AS TOUGH, STRONGAS WE USED TO BE TO GET THROUGHTHESE CRISES.THEY JUST NEED TO GO TO ALASKAAND RECOGNIZE HOW WRONG THEY AREON THAT.OR SEE SOME OF THE MARINES THATI'VE HAD THE PRETTY WELL OFSERVING WITH FOR THE LAST 36YEARS.THEY WOULD RECOGNIZE QUICKLYTHAT THEY'RE WRONG.OF COURSE WE HAVE THE METTLE ANDTENACITY TO DO THIS.BUT WE NEED TO BE WORKING ONPHASE FOUR -- PHASE FOUR ISGOING TO BE THE POLICIES THAT WEIMPLEMENT HERE IN THE CONGRESSTO TURBOCHARGE THIS ECONOMY SOWHEN WE'RE OUT OF THIS CRISIS,WE CAN COME BACK FULLY, MORESTRONGLY IN A WAY THAT OURECONOMY WAS JUST TWO MONTHS A SOTHERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT ITHINK WE COULD BE DOING ANDWE'RE LIKELY GOING TO HAVE TO BEDOING.A NUMBER OF US ARE GOING TOBEGIN WORKING ON THAT PHASE FOURAPPROACH TO THIS PANDEMIC.THE TURBO CHARGING OF THISECONOMY ONCE WE GET OUT OF IT,AND I'M GLAD TO START WORK ONTHAT WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE INTHE SENATE.SO AS I SAID, MR. PRESIDENT,THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO DO.BUT THE SENATE IS GETTING READYFOR A RECESS FOR ALMOST A MONTH.THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GETTING READYTO DO.THE COUNTRY IS FACING ONE OF THEBIGGEST CRISES IN OUR HISTORY,AND THE SENATE IS LEAVING TOWNFOR A MONTH.I HAPPEN TO THINK THIS IS AMISTAKE.I THINK IT SENDS THE WRONGSIGNAL TO THE PEOPLE WE SERVE.I THINK OUR DUTY STATION SHOULDBE HERE, TO BE READY ON AMOMENT'S NOTICE TO HELP THECITIZENS THAT WE HAVE THEPRIVILEGE OF SERVING.BECAUSE IF THERE'S ONE THINGABOUT THIS CRISIS THAT WE'VEALREADY SEEN IS THAT NEWCHALLENGES POP UP EVERY DAY.EVERY MINUTE, EVERY HOUR.AND YET WE'RE GOING TO GO ONRECESS FOR ALMOST A MONTH.DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS.I DON'T AGREE WITH IT.AND I CERTAINLY HOPE,MR. PRESIDENT, IF AND WHEN OURCOUNTRY NEEDS US, IF WE SEE SOMEBIG MISTAKES IN THISLEGISLATION, IF WE RECOGNIZEWHOLE GROUPS OF

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<text sub="clublinks" start="286.852" dur="6.073">TEN DAYS AGO, I LAID OUT FOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="289.889" dur="4.938">URGENT PRIORITIES FOR NEW SENATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="291.257" dur="7.674">LEGISLATION TO HELP OUR NATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="293.025" dur="7.775">THROUGH THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="294.927" dur="7.074">WE HAD TO GET DIRECT, DIRECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="299.031" dur="6.039">FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="300.9" dur="7.007">AMERICAN PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="302.101" dur="8.742">WE HAD TO GET HISTORIC AID TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="305.17" dur="8.543">SMALL BUSINESSES TO KEEP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="308.007" dur="7.307">PAYCHECKS FLOWING, STABILIZE KEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="310.943" dur="6.507">INDUSTRIES TO BE PREVENT MASS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="313.813" dur="5.872">LAYOFFS, AND OF COURSE FLOOD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="315.414" dur="4.605">MORE RESOURCES INTO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="317.55" dur="5.472">FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE BATTLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="319.785" dur="4.738">ITSELF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="320.119" dur="9.309">ONE WEEK AGO, SENATE REPUBLICANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="323.122" dur="9.376">LAID DOWN AN INITIAL PROPOSAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="324.623" dur="9.376">THAT TACKLED EACH, EACH OF THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="329.528" dur="7.408">EMERGENCY MISSIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="332.598" dur="6.273">OUR MEMBERS PUT FORWARD BOLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="334.099" dur="6.974">PLANS TO SEND CASH TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="337.036" dur="6.773">HOUSEHOLDS, STAND UP HISTORIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="338.971" dur="6.673">EMERGENCY LOANS FOR MAIN STREET,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="341.173" dur="6.34">STABILIZE KEY SECTORS, AND PUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="343.909" dur="4.972">THE FULL MIGHT OF CONGRESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="345.744" dur="5.773">BEHIND OUR DOCTORS, NURSES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="347.613" dur="6.406">HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="348.981" dur="8.375">PROVIDERS, AND THE RACE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="351.617" dur="8.008">TREATMENTS AND VACCINES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="354.119" dur="5.84">I COULDN'T BE PROUDER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="357.456" dur="5.472">MR. PRESIDENT, OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="359.725" dur="7.474">COLLEAGUES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="360.059" dur="8.542">OUR NATION NEEDED US TO GO BIG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="363.028" dur="8.042">AND GO FAST, AND THEY DID.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="367.299" dur="6.273">THE CREATIVE POLICIES OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="368.701" dur="7.274">CHAIRMAN CRAFTED IN JUST A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="371.17" dur="8.308">COUPLE OF DAYS' TIME REMAIN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="373.672" dur="6.974">CENTRAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="376.075" dur="8.241">PROPOSAL WE WILL PASS TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="379.578" dur="6.34">BUT REPUBLICANS KNEW THE NATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="380.746" dur="8.208">HAD NO TIME, NO TIME FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="384.416" dur="6.741">CONVENTIONAL POLITICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="386.018" dur="6.407">GAMESMANSHIP, SO THE INSTANT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="389.054" dur="4.538">RELEASED OUR FIRST DRAFT, I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="391.257" dur="3.503">CREATED A SERIES OF BIPARTISAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="392.525" dur="4.104">WORKING GROUPS, I ASKED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="393.692" dur="4.672">REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="394.86" dur="5.673">WORK TOGETHER AROUND THE CLOCK,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="396.729" dur="6.406">LITERALLY AROUND THE CLOCK TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="398.464" dur="6.006">MAKE THE BILL EVEN BETTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="400.633" dur="7.374">BY SUNDAY, WE HAD AN UPDATED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="403.235" dur="7.975">PROPOSAL THAT WAS EVEN STRONGER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="404.57" dur="6.974">AND CONTAINED EVEN MORE IDEAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="408.107" dur="4.371">LITERALLY FROM BOTH SIDES, BOTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="411.31" dur="3.971">SIDES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="411.644" dur="5.672">REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="412.578" dur="5.372">WORKED TOGETHER TO DRAMATICALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="415.381" dur="3.937">STRENGTHEN AND REWORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="417.416" dur="3.404">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DURING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="418.05" dur="4.738">THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="419.418" dur="8.108">WE HAD WORKED TOGETHER TO MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="420.92" dur="9.943">SURE LOWER INCOME FAMILIES COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="422.888" dur="8.909">RECEIVE THE FULL CASH ASSISTANCE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="430.963" dur="6.34">MR. PRESIDENT, I WILL LEAVE IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="431.897" dur="8.275">TO OTHERS TO COMPARE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="434.433" dur="7.608">BIPARTISAN SUNDAY BILL TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="437.403" dur="9.176">FINAL VERSION WE WILL PASS TODAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="440.272" dur="9.944">AND DETERMINE WHETHER THE LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="442.141" dur="10.077">FEW CHANGES REALLY REQUIRED OR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="450.316" dur="7.707">THREE DAYS OF DELAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="452.318" dur="7.741">IN THE FACE OF THIS WORSENING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="456.055" dur="6.44">CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="458.123" dur="7.475">BUT THAT WASHINGTON DRAMA DOES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="460.159" dur="8.642">NOT MATTER ANY MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="462.595" dur="9.576">THE SENATE IS GOING TO STAND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="472.271" dur="4.171">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="473.639" dur="5.005">STRUGGLING AMERICANS ARE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="474.506" dur="6.007">TO GO TO THEIR MAILBOXES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="476.542" dur="4.638">FIND FOUR-FIGURE CHECKS TO HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="478.744" dur="5.973">WITH THEIR BILLS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="480.613" dur="6.072">WHY?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="481.28" dur="7.374">BECAUSE THE SENATE STEPPED UP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="484.817" dur="7.14">MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="486.785" dur="6.44">POURED EVERYTHING INTO A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="488.754" dur="6.807">RESTAURANT OR A SHOP OR A SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="492.057" dur="6.907">MANUFACTURER ARE GOING TO KEEP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="493.325" dur="8.576">MAKING PAYROLL AND KEEP THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="495.661" dur="8.408">BUSINESSES ALIVE BECAUSE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="499.064" dur="6.74">SENATE STEPPED UP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="502.001" dur="6.74">HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="504.169" dur="5.973">IN KEY SECTORS WHO MIGHT WELL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="505.904" dur="6.907">HAVE BEEN LAID OFF THROUGH NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="508.841" dur="6.673">FAULT OF THEIR OWN WILL INSTEAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="510.242" dur="8.508">GET TO KEEP THEIR JOB AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="512.911" dur="10.277">CONTINUE THEIR CAREER BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="515.614" dur="9.41">THIS SENATE STEPPED UP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="518.85" dur="7.341">AND FOR THE HEALTH CARE HEROES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="523.288" dur="6.34">WHO LEAVE THEIR OWN SLEEPING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="525.124" dur="6.64">CHILDREN AND DRIVE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="526.291" dur="7.875">HOSPITAL FOR AN ALL-NIGHT SHIFT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="529.728" dur="7.208">WHO SPEND HOUR AFTER HOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="531.864" dur="5.139">HEALING THE SICK, COMFORTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="534.266" dur="4.605">STRANGERS, AND LITERALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="537.069" dur="6.84">BATTLING THIS DISEASE, THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="538.971" dur="7.541">WILL BE MORE MASKS IN THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="541.473" dur="7.374">SUPPLY CLOSETS, MORE FUNDING FOR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="546.612" dur="7.941">NEW TREATMENTS TO ADMINISTER TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="548.947" dur="6.907">THEIR PATIENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="551.417" dur="5.505">BECAUSE THIS SENATE STEPPED UP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="554.653" dur="6.006">SO TODAY, MR. PRESIDENT, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="555.954" dur="8.042">SENATE WILL ACT TO HELP THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="557.022" dur="9.109">PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WEATHER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="564.096" dur="5.405">NOBODY THINKS LEGISLATION CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="566.231" dur="5.272">END THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="566.932" dur="7.107">WE CANNOT OUTLAW THE VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="569.601" dur="6.741">AND NO ECONOMIC POLICY COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="571.603" dur="6.807">FULLY END THE HARDSHIP SO LONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="574.139" dur="8.809">AS THE PUBLIC HEALTH REQUIRES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="576.442" dur="10.443">THAT WE PUT SO MUCH OF OUR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="583.048" dur="9.91">THIS IS NOT EVEN A STIMULUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="586.985" dur="6.974">PACKAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="588.454" dur="8.074">IT IS EMERGENCY RELIEF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="593.058" dur="4.772">EMERGENCY RELIEF, THAT'S WHAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="596.628" dur="4.338">NO, THIS FIGHT IS NOT GOING TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="600.365" dur="6.173">IT'S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="604.903" dur="4.371">AMERICANS WILL KEEP MAKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="606.638" dur="3.671">SACRIFICES TO SLOW DOWN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="609.007" dur="4.739">SPREAD.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="610.409" dur="8.742">AND LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHER.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="615.347" dur="7.941">CREATIVE WAYS TO STAND UNITED,</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="620.652" dur="10.311">FEET APART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="623.388" dur="8.542">WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="631.063" dur="5.739">STAY-AT-HOME MOM IN KENTUCKY WHO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="639.404" dur="6.307">PEOPLE LIKE GRANT HASTY IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="647.679" dur="5.239">HOME-COOKED MEALS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="648.681" dur="6.106">WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="658.724" dur="9.109">BOURBON-MAKING FACILITY TO CHURN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="661.794" dur="7.174">HAND SANITIZER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="666.665" dur="5.139">WE'LL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="671.904" dur="4.004">SUPPLIES, BECAUSE OUR LARGEST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="673.438" dur="7.007">HIGH-TECH COMPANIES ARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="682.214" dur="3.203">VACCINES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="682.514" dur="4.071">WE'LL WIN THIS FIGHT BECAUSE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="683.749" dur="6.54">FAMILIES, NEIGHBORS, AND CHURCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="685.517" dur="6.54">COMMUNITIES THAT CANNOT EVEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="694.893" dur="4.505">PH.D.'S, AND LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="696.728" dur="4.338">ENTREPRENEURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="697.095" dur="5.606">IT'S BEEN 18 YEARS SINCE EVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="699.498" dur="4.771">AMERICAN WAS UNITED IN AMAZEMENT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="704.369" dur="7.141">BURNING BUILDINGS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="707.372" dur="7.174">SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="708.507" dur="8.909">IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="711.61" dur="9.476">OUR NATION IS GOING TO MEET NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="714.646" dur="9.276">HEROES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="717.516" dur="7.774">MANY MAY BE POLICE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="721.186" dur="7.975">FIREFIGHTERS, AND E.M.T.'S ONCE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="725.39" dur="6.874">MANY OTHERS WILL BE TRUCK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="729.261" dur="8.308">DRIVERS, GROCERY STORE CLERKS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="730.729" dur="8.842">AND PHARMACISTS WHO LITERALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="732.364" dur="9.543">KEEP OUR SUPPLY CHAINS RUNNING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="737.669" dur="5.739">UTILITY WORKERS AND DELIVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="739.671" dur="6.307">DRIVERS WHO LEAVE THEIR HOMES SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="742.007" dur="5.706">EVERYONE ELSE CAN REMAIN IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="743.508" dur="5.673">THEIRS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="746.078" dur="5.372">TEACHERS WHO SOMEHOW MANAGE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="747.813" dur="5.205">KEEP EDUCATING THEIR STUDENTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="749.281" dur="4.404">OVER THE INTERNET WHILE LOOKING</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="753.118" dur="4.805">SAME TIME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="753.785" dur="8.709">AND MOST OF ALL, WE'RE GOING TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="763.896" dur="5.238">HEROES WHO RUSH TOWARD THE SICK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="766.164" dur="6.507">AND WASH THEIR HANDS UNTIL THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="767.933" dur="5.038">BLEED AND WORK AROUND THE CLOCK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="769.234" dur="5.406">TO HEAL OUR FRIENDS AND OUR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="773.071" dur="6.64">WHEN OUR NATION COMES THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="774.74" dur="7.574">THIS AND TAKES FIGHT, WHEN OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="778.277" dur="6.273">NATION COMES THROUGH THIS AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="782.414" dur="8.575">SIDE, IT WILL BE BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="784.65" dur="9.376">AMERICAN HEROES WON THIS FIGHT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="789.421" dur="6.34">ALL THE SENATE CAN DO IS TO GIVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="794.126" dur="20.02">THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="795.861" dur="18.285">TO DO TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="843.575" dur="2.97">MR. McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="845.377" dur="2.002">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="846.011" dur="2.536">SENATE MAJORITY LEADER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="846.645" dur="3.337">MR. McCONNELL: I ASK UNANIMOUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="847.479" dur="3.404">CONSENT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="848.647" dur="5.505">PROVISION OF RULE 22, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="850.082" dur="5.405">CLOTURE MOTION WITH RESPECT TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="854.252" dur="4.639">748 OCCUR AT A TIME TO BE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="856.655" dur="4.571">LEADER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="858.991" dur="2.802">DEMOCRATIC LEADER DURING TODAY'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="861.059" dur="1.535">SESSION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="861.326" dur="25.593">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="861.893" dur="25.86">THERE OBJECTION?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="862.694" dur="32.466">WITHOUT OBJECTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="887.019" dur="8.141">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="887.853" dur="7.307">CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="896.595" dur="3.737">QUORUM CALL:</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1173.204" dur="3.938">MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1174.005" dur="5.806">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1177.242" dur="5.572">MR. DURBIN: YOU HAVE AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1179.911" dur="4.137">ANNOUNCEMENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1182.314" dur="3.603">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1182.915" dur="4.137">SENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1184.148" dur="3.504">MR. DURBIN: I ASK THE QUORUM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1186.017" dur="2.77">CALL BE VITIATED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1187.152" dur="2.369">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1187.753" dur="2.836">LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1188.887" dur="2.936">MORNING BUSINESS IS CLOSED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1189.621" dur="4.204">THE SENATE WILL RESUME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1190.689" dur="4.604">CONSIDERATION OF THE MOTION TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1191.923" dur="5.139">PROCEED TO H.R. 748 WHICH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1193.925" dur="6.64">CLERK WILL REPORT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1195.393" dur="6.807">THE CLERK: MOTION TO PROCEED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1197.162" dur="7.374">H.R. 748, AN ACT TO AMEND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1200.665" dur="5.172">INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1204.636" dur="4.871">HIGH-COST EMPLOYER-SPONSORED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1205.937" dur="4.137">HEALTH COVERAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1209.04" dur="2.069">MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1209.607" dur="2.436">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1210.174" dur="2.803">SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1211.209" dur="3.937">MR. DURBIN: MR. PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1212.143" dur="4.205">AMERICA HAS NEVER SEEN ANYTHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1213.077" dur="5.006">LIKE THIS BEFORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1215.246" dur="4.605">TO THINK THAT HALF OF THE PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1216.448" dur="5.605">WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1225.857" dur="7.04">THIS IS AN ENEMY, THIS VIRUS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1227.625" dur="7.141">THE LIKES OF WHICH WE'VE NEVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1229.761" dur="7.207">FACED AS STRONG AND DETERMINED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1232.997" dur="4.238">OUR NATION IS WHEN IT COMES TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1237.068" dur="2.87">UNIQUE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1237.335" dur="4.305">AND IT CALLS FOR UNIQUE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1239.704" dur="3.837">LEADERSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1240.038" dur="5.305">THERE ARE A LOT OF CRITICS OF</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1245.443" dur="6.24">WE'VE DEMONSTRATED IN THE LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1247.045" dur="9.009">SEVERAL WEEKS SINCE WE'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1250.048" dur="10.043">ADDRESSED THIS CORONAVIRUS IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1251.783" dur="11.311">THAT THERE IS A CAPACITY FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1256.154" dur="8.709">COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN WORK AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1263.194" dur="5.506">FIRST TWO MEASURES WERE PASSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1264.963" dur="6.506">IN RECORD TIME, ONE FOR $8</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1267.732" dur="6.707">BILLION THAT REALLY OPENED THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1268.8" dur="7.241">DOOR FOR MORE MEDICAL RESOURCES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1271.569" dur="5.539">THE SECOND FOR $100 BILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1274.539" dur="5.005">WHICH TRIED TO GUARANTEE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1276.141" dur="5.605">PEOPLE THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1279.644" dur="6.774">CORONAVIRUS, THAT THERE WOULD BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1281.846" dur="6.807">ADEQUATE FOOD SUPPLIES DURING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1283.815" dur="6.473">THIS CALAMITOUS TIME, THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1286.518" dur="5.739">WOULD HAVE RESOURCES SENT TO THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1292.357" dur="5.706">THAT WE WOULD ALSO ENGAGE PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1294.759" dur="6.073">WITH FAMILY LEAVE IF NECESSARY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1296.294" dur="6.507">SO THAT THEY COULD STAY OUT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1298.163" dur="7.04">THE WORKPLACE IF THEY FELT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1300.932" dur="7.474">BADLY, AND THAT WE'D ALSO HAVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1308.506" dur="5.105">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1311.476" dur="5.005">DISPATCH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1311.776" dur="7.174">THAT PASSED AGAIN IN A TIMELY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1316.581" dur="5.339">AND THEN WE CAME TO THE THIRD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1319.083" dur="5.039">CHALLENGE, A CHALLENGE THE LIKES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1320.251" dur="6.04">OF WHICH I'VE NEVER SEEN IN MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1322.02" dur="6.84">TIME IN CONGRESS AND I DON'T</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1328.96" dur="7.875">ABOUT SEVEN DAYS TO COME UP WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1331.162" dur="8.108">A PACKAGE OF AUTHORIZATIONS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1335.166" dur="6.173">APPROPRIATIONS WHICH IS LARGER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1344.008" dur="7.241">USUALLY TAKES 12 MONTHS OR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1348.246" dur="6.34">BECAUSE THE NEED IS THAT GREAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1351.349" dur="4.271">AND AMERICA WAS WATCHING AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1353.15" dur="4.038">WONDERING IF WE COULD RISE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1354.686" dur="5.072">THAT CHALLENGE.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1357.288" dur="5.506">AND IT'S NO SURPRISE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1359.858" dur="5.505">AN UNDERTAKING OF THAT MAGNITUDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1361.793" dur="5.305">WITH THIS KIND OF PRESSURE TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1367.198" dur="4.505">DIFFERENCES OF OPINION AND IT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1369.634" dur="7.107">THERE WERE MOMENTS OF ANXIETY ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1371.803" dur="6.94">THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1373.204" dur="7.107">THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED C-SPAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1376.841" dur="5.606">HAVE WATCHED MANY SPEECHES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1378.843" dur="3.871">REFLECTED THE EMOTIONAL LEVELS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1380.411" dur="4.372">THAT WERE REACHED IN THIS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1382.814" dur="5.973">BUT THE EMOTIONS IN THIS CHAMBER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1384.883" dur="6.306">WERE NOT THAT DIFFERENT THAN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1387.018" dur="6.206">EMOTIONS IN MOST HOMES ACROSS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1388.887" dur="6.54">AMERICA AS PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1391.289" dur="7.04">WHETHER THIS ILLNESS WILL TOUCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1393.324" dur="6.373">THEIR FAMILIES AND IF SO, WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1395.527" dur="6.706">THEY BE ABLE TO CONQUER IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1398.429" dur="5.573">THAT EMOTION ON THE SENATE FLOOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1399.797" dur="7.642">LED US TO FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1402.333" dur="6.707">IN AN EFFORT TO TRY TO MAKE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1404.102" dur="7.507">BILL PRESENTED TO US ON SUNDAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1407.539" dur="4.437">BETTER THREE DAYS LATER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1409.14" dur="4.238">AND THAT BRINGS US TO THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1411.709" dur="3.771">MOMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1412.076" dur="5.673">HISTORY WILL JUDGE AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1413.478" dur="6.473">SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY NOTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1415.58" dur="7.407">EARLIER AS TO WHETHER THERE'S AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1417.849" dur="5.405">IMPROVEMENT THAT'S BEEN MADE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1420.051" dur="5.038">THIS BILL OVER THE LAST 72</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1423.087" dur="7.141">HOURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1423.354" dur="8.109">I'LL JUST STAND UP AND TELL YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1425.189" dur="7.508">I WOULD TESTIFY DEFINITELY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1430.328" dur="4.304">DEFINITELY BECAUSE JUST CONSIDER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1431.563" dur="4.304">THE FIRST PRIORITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1432.797" dur="5.673">WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1434.732" dur="5.372">HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND HEALTH</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1440.204" dur="4.639">THIS -- ARE PREPARED TO RISE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1442.206" dur="3.638">THIS CHALLENGE, AND WE KNOW THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1443.508" dur="5.405">IS A CHALLENGE THE LIKES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1444.943" dur="5.372">WHICH WE'VE NEVER SEEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1445.944" dur="7.374">WHEN THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1449.013" dur="7.174">SUGGESTS THAT THE HOSPITALS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1450.415" dur="8.341">THAT GREAT STATE EXPAND THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1453.418" dur="7.741">CAPACITY BY 50% AS QUICKLY AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1456.287" dur="6.64">POSSIBLE TO TAKE THE INCOMING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1458.856" dur="6.907">PATIENTS FROM THIS COVID-19</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1461.259" dur="7.007">VIRUS AND BE PREPARED, HE SAID,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1463.027" dur="5.539">TO EXPAND IT BY 100%, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1465.863" dur="5.172">APPRECIATE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1468.366" dur="4.838">CHALLENGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1468.666" dur="6.407">ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1471.135" dur="5.74">LEADER SENATOR SCHUMER HAS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1476.975" dur="3.737">I DON'T THINK THAT'S AN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1479.644" dur="6.539">THE BILL THAT WAS PRESENTED TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1484.415" dur="5.272">BILLION FOR THAT PURPOSE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1486.283" dur="4.772">MANY OF US FELT THAT WAS NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1488.72" dur="3.77">ADEQUATE AS LARGE AS THAT NUMBER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1489.787" dur="4.138">MAY BE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1491.155" dur="5.172">SO TODAY WE'LL BRING A BILL TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1492.59" dur="5.94">THE FLOOR THAT WILL INCREASE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1496.427" dur="7.675">FROM THE $75 BILLION IN THE BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1498.63" dur="7.607">JUST THREE DAYS AGO TO $130</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1502.8" dur="5.673">BILLION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1504.202" dur="6.573">IS IT ENOUGH?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1506.337" dur="6.64">PROBABLY NOT UNLESS GOD SPARES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1508.573" dur="5.739">US FROM THE SPREAD OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1510.875" dur="7.074">DISEASE EVEN FURTHER IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1513.077" dur="6.44">UNITED STATES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1514.412" dur="6.073">BUT IT SAYS TO THOSE WHO ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1518.049" dur="5.105">ANXIOUSLY EXPANDING THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1519.617" dur="5.94">RESOURCES, EXPANDING THE NUMBER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1523.254" dur="5.806">MEDICAL PERSONNEL AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1525.657" dur="4.738">GOVERNOR FROM ILLINOIS J.P.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1527.759" dur="5.305">PRITZKER IS DOING, THAT WE HEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1529.16" dur="5.639">THEM AND WE'RE PROVIDING THEM</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1533.164" dur="6.24">FIGHT THIS CHALLENGE THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1534.899" dur="8.075">FACE AT EVERY CORNER OF THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1539.504" dur="5.739">THE SECOND THING WE SET OUT TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1544.408" dur="3.571">SUNDAY WAS TO EXPAND THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1548.079" dur="4.971">SOME HAVE CRITICIZED ON THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1552.05" dur="3.336">STRUCTURAL CHANGES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1553.15" dur="5.406">WELL, YOU COULDN'T EXPAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1554.852" dur="5.206">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WITHOUT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1558.656" dur="4.872">BECAUSE THE SYSTEM WHICH AFFECTS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1563.628" dur="3.704">MOST CASES TO KEEP A FAMILY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1565.63" dur="3.47">TOGETHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1565.93" dur="4.805">IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB AND TRY TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1569.2" dur="3.537">-- ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1570.835" dur="2.836">IT'S HARD TO DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1571.769" dur="4.338">PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HOMES OVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1572.837" dur="3.537">THAT, THEIR CARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1573.771" dur="4.572">THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR UTILITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1576.207" dur="3.804">BILLS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1576.474" dur="5.272">AND SO WHAT WE'VE DONE, IT'S</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1580.111" dur="2.936">UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1581.846" dur="3.17">STEROIDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1582.146" dur="6.54">THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WHICH IS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1590.255" dur="4.204">BIGGER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1591.389" dur="5.372">IF WE HADN'T RESTRUCTURED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1593.291" dur="5.305">UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1594.559" dur="5.305">AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRESIDENT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1599.964" dur="3.771">WE NEVER ARGUED AGAINST THOSE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1601.733" dur="3.536">BUT SAID IT'S JUST A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1603.835" dur="4.437">IT'S JUST A SINGLE CHECK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1605.369" dur="4.538">WE BELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1606.838" dur="4.437">INSURANCE IS GOING TO BE A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1610.007" dur="4.405">TO COME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1611.375" dur="4.572">SINCE SUNDAY WE EXPANDED THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1613.111" dur="5.238">PERIOD OF ADDITIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1614.512" dur="6.34">UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FROM</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1618.449" dur="5.105">THERE'S A BIG PRICE ON THAT, OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1620.952" dur="4.337">COURSE, BUT WE THINK IT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1622.353" dur="4.338">REASONABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE PEACE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1623.654" dur="4.672">OF MIND THAT FOR FOUR MONTHS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1625.389" dur="4.805">THEY'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1626.791" dur="5.138">FAMILIES TOGETHER AS WE WORK OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1628.426" dur="4.638">WAY THROUGH THESE MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1630.294" dur="3.738">CHALLENGES AND GOD WILLING SEE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1632.029" dur="4.205">OUR ECONOMY BACK ON ITS FEET.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1633.164" dur="4.838">I HOPE THAT HAPPENS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1634.132" dur="4.137">I HOPE IT'S EVEN SOONER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1636.334" dur="3.503">BUT WE'RE PREPARED FOR FOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1638.102" dur="3.871">MONTHS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1638.369" dur="5.372">THE THIRD THING WE SET OUT TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1639.937" dur="6.507">IS ONE THAT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1642.073" dur="7.674">MY IN MY STATE AND I BET IN MOST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1643.841" dur="8.008">OTHER STATES, WE SET OUT TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1646.544" dur="6.773">COMPENSATE THE STATES AND SOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1649.847" dur="5.339">LOCALITIES, COUNTIES, AND CITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1651.949" dur="5.206">WHICH ARE EXPENDING SUBSTANTIAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1653.417" dur="6.874">SUMS OF MONEY BECAUSE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1655.286" dur="7.641">COVID-19 THREATS THAT THEY ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1657.255" dur="7.307">FACING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1660.391" dur="5.472">LET'S FACE IT, FOR THE MOST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1663.027" dur="4.338">PART, OUR GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1665.963" dur="3.704">IT COMES TO AMERICA'S HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1667.465" dur="3.47">CARE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1669.3" dur="3.203">WEEKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1669.767" dur="4.838">THEY'VE DONE EXCEPTIONAL THINGS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1671.035" dur="4.872">AND THEY'VE BEEN CALLED ON TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1672.603" dur="4.138">SPEND MONEY IN WAYS THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1674.705" dur="4.572">NEVER DREAMED THEY WOULD BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1676.007" dur="4.971">CALLED ON TO SPEND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1676.841" dur="7.107">FOR EXAMPLE, UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1679.377" dur="6.273">BENEFITS, WHICH INVOLVE STATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1681.078" dur="5.806">PAYMENTS IN MANY RESPECTS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1684.048" dur="4.571">MUSHROOMED AND SKYROCKETED,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1685.75" dur="4.705">SOMETIMES TEN TIMES THE NUMBERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1686.984" dur="6.107">THAT THEY WERE JUST LAST YEAR AT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1690.555" dur="6.006">MY GOVERNOR AND OTHERS, MAYORS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1693.191" dur="4.905">AND THE LEADERS OF COUNTY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1694.826" dur="4.571">GOVERNMENT HAVE COME FORWARD AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1696.661" dur="4.471">SAID, ARE YOU GOING TO HELP US?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1698.196" dur="4.204">WE'RE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1699.497" dur="4.771">BECAUSE OF THIS COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1701.232" dur="4.671">WELL, THIS BILL DOES IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1702.5" dur="5.339">IT WAS NOT AN EASY TASK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1704.368" dur="5.673">WE HAD TO CONVINCE THE OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1706.003" dur="6.507">SIDE THAT IT WAS MONEY WELL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1707.939" dur="7.007">SPENT, AND I'M HAPPY TO REPORT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1710.141" dur="6.44">THAT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1712.61" dur="5.606">REACHED THAT AGREEMENT, SOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1715.046" dur="4.337">$150 MILLION WILL BE GOING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1716.681" dur="4.337">THESE STATE AND LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1718.316" dur="6.84">GOVERNMENTS, AS IT SHOULD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1719.516" dur="7.008">THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I BELIEVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1721.118" dur="8.075">WILL MOVE US DOWN THE PATH TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1726.624" dur="5.939">AMERICA AND DOING IT IN A PROPER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1732.663" dur="6.707">FAMILIES IS THE PARAMOUNT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1737.001" dur="5.139">CONCERN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1737.435" dur="5.872">FIRST THE INVESTMENT IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1739.47" dur="5.773">MEDICAL SIDE TO STOP THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1742.24" dur="3.336">ONSLAUGHT, SECOND THE SUPPORT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1743.407" dur="4.472">FOR FAMILIES AND WORKERS ACROSS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1745.676" dur="3.87">IN WERE SOME ITEMS THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1747.979" dur="2.969">STILL BE DEBATED ON THE FLOOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1749.413" dur="3.27">HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1749.647" dur="5.172">YOU HEARD IT IN THE EARLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1751.048" dur="5.506">STATEMENTS BY THE MAJORITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1752.783" dur="6.04">LEADER, AND THOSE RELATE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1754.919" dur="4.171">BENEFITS TO BE GIVEN TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1756.654" dur="4.571">BUSINESSES TO KEEP THEM MOVING</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1759.19" dur="4.705">WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE AVIATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1761.325" dur="4.572">INDUSTRY IS AT THE HEART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1763.294" dur="4.905">AMERICAN ECONOMY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1763.995" dur="5.605">IT IS AN ENGINE IN ONE RESPECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1765.997" dur="6.006">TO MOVE IT AND A REFLECTION OF</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1773.938" dur="7.774">SOME 80% TO 90% OF THE PASSENGER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1776.607" dur="6.173">LOAD HAS DISAPPEARED, HUNDREDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1779.31" dur="5.606">OF THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES IN THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1782.88" dur="3.404">AND ASKED FOR HELP, AND WE'RE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1789.587" dur="4.805">THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO ASKED</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1792.056" dur="4.304">OTHER BUSINESSES THAT NEED A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1795.393" dur="5.138">I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1796.46" dur="7.274">SOME ARE, BUT I'M NOT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1798.095" dur="5.939">BUT CAN I DO BELIEVE A ACCOUNT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1800.631" dur="5.306">ABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1804.134" dur="5.373">SINCE SUNDAY, WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1806.037" dur="4.871">DRAMATICALLY CHANGED THIS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1815.413" dur="6.039">TO ALLOCATE THESE TAXPAYER FUNDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1816.914" dur="6.273">TO HELP THESE COMPANIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1818.616" dur="6.54">SOME OF US LEARNED A BITTER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1832.596" dur="5.539">WE DON'T WANT TO REPEAT THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1834.966" dur="6.139">WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1839.47" dur="4.638">THESE CORPORATIONS ARE REALLY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1846.41" dur="3.537">EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN THIS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1847.745" dur="5.338">THAT KIND OF TRANSPARENCY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1850.047" dur="4.438">ACCOUNTABILITY IS ESSENTIAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1851.415" dur="8.776">I BELIEVE THIS NEW AGREEMENT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1854.585" dur="7.808">ORIGINAL ONE WAS PROPOSED IS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1860.625" dur="4.17">CREDIT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO BOTH</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1863.294" dur="5.939">REPUBLICANS HAD TO AGREE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1864.895" dur="7.508">THIS TO MAKE THE FINAL PACKAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1867.231" dur="6.339">BUT WE AGREE WE WILL VOTE ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1869.333" dur="6.974">THIS AFTERNOON AND I BELIEVE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1872.503" dur="5.272">WILL ENJOY STRONG BIPARTISAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1873.671" dur="4.638">SUPPORT FROM THE SENATE IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1876.407" dur="3.17">DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN THE LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1877.875" dur="3.57">72 HOURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1878.409" dur="4.771">CREDIT TO BOTH SIDES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1879.677" dur="5.138">WE BELIEVED SOME OF THESE IDEAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1881.545" dur="6.173">WERE ESSENTIAL AND THAT'S WHY WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1883.28" dur="5.139">VOTED LIKE WE DID ON THE FLOOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1884.915" dur="6.974">BUT TO REACH AGREEMENT, IT TOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1887.818" dur="6.006">BOTH SIDES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1888.519" dur="6.173">I WANT TO SALUTE MY COLLEAGUES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1891.989" dur="4.104">STARTING WITH THE DEMOCRATIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1893.924" dur="5.206">LEADER, SENATOR SCHUMER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1894.792" dur="7.875">HE PUT IN SOME HOURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1896.193" dur="8.909">I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1899.23" dur="7.474">I STEPPED IN HIS OFFICE AND HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1902.767" dur="6.673">SECRETARY TOLD ME HE WAS MEETING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1905.202" dur="6.941">WITH SECRETARY MNUCHIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1906.804" dur="5.639">THEY STARTED FROM MIDNIGHT UNTIL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1909.54" dur="5.272">FRESH IN THE MORNING TO REACH AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1912.243" dur="5.072">AGREEMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1912.543" dur="6.073">I THINK WE'RE FINALLY DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1914.912" dur="6.173">THERE'S A FEW LITTLE AGREEMENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1917.415" dur="6.206">SO SENATOR SCHUMER AND HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1918.716" dur="5.973">STAFF, AND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1921.185" dur="4.872">RANKING MEMBERS WHO PITCHED IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1923.721" dur="4.104">THIS THEIR COMMITTEES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1924.789" dur="4.337">JURISDICTION TO COME UP WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1926.157" dur="5.806">GOOD IDEAS AND TO SELL THEM IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1927.925" dur="4.271">BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1929.227" dur="5.939">IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL AMOUNT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1932.063" dur="5.672">WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1932.297" dur="7.273">SPECIAL CREDIT TO MY STAFF MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1935.266" dur="4.571">OWN AND THE OTHERS WHO HAVE COME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1937.835" dur="5.072">TO WORK IN THIS DANGEROUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1939.67" dur="5.406">MOMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1939.937" dur="6.974">WE'VE BEEN TOLD TO STAY HOME,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1943.007" dur="5.906">TELEWORK WHERE YOU CAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1945.176" dur="4.938">IN SOME CASES YOU CAN'T.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1947.011" dur="5.372">THOSE WHO DID SHOW UP TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1949.013" dur="5.973">CAPITOL, INCLUDING THE STAFF ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1950.214" dur="8.175">THE FLOOSH, COME AT -- FLOOR,</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="1955.086" dur="5.305">HEALTH AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1958.489" dur="3.303">OTHERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1958.856" dur="4.705">I THANK THEM FOR THIS IT I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1960.491" dur="7.374">UNDERSTAND WE MAY BE GONE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1961.892" dur="7.141">SEVERAL WEEKS, AND I THINK THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1963.661" dur="7.14">IS APPROPRIATE, BUT FOR A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1967.965" dur="4.805">NATIONAL EMERGENCY WHICH CALLS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1969.133" dur="6.84">US BACK, AND WE WILL COME BACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1970.901" dur="6.574">IF THAT IS NECESSARY, I THINK WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1972.87" dur="6.807">SHOULD TAKE TIME AWAY FROM ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1976.073" dur="6.14">ANOTHER, AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1977.575" dur="9.609">TO MIND OUR OWN HEALTH AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1979.777" dur="8.442">WELL-BEING OF OUR OWN FAMILIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1982.313" dur="8.008">AND WORK BACK HOME BEST WE CAN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1987.284" dur="4.538">TELECONFERENCING AND OTHER WAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1988.319" dur="5.272">TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1990.421" dur="4.438">DONE WITH THIS LEGISLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1991.922" dur="4.238">I HOPE I CAN ENGAGE MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1993.691" dur="4.838">COLLEAGUES IN THINKING ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1994.959" dur="4.805">ANOTHER ISSUE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1996.26" dur="5.939">SENATOR PORTMAN, REPUBLICAN FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1998.629" dur="5.339">OHIO, HAVE INTRODUCED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="1999.864" dur="7.374">LEGISLATION CALLING FOR AT LEAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2002.299" dur="6.44">AN INQUIRY AT THIS MOMENT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2004.068" dur="8.442">HISTORY ABOUT REMOTE VOTING OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2007.338" dur="6.807">SOME DIFFERENT APPROACH TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2008.839" dur="6.44">VOTING THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2012.61" dur="3.97">REPORTING TO THE FLOOR IN TIMES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2014.245" dur="3.77">OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2015.379" dur="5.739">IT JUST MAKES SENSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2016.68" dur="5.94">OUR MEETINGS AT THE SENATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2018.115" dur="6.373">ALMOST EVERY SINGLE DAY HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2021.218" dur="4.371">VIOLATED C.D.C. GUIDELINES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2022.72" dur="4.404">TELL US NOT TO GATHER IN A GROUP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2024.588" dur="4.371">OF TEN OR MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2025.689" dur="5.039">AND, YET, WE COME TO THE FLOOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2027.224" dur="4.872">BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BECAUSE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2029.059" dur="4.338">IS LIFE OR DEATH WHEN IT COMES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2030.828" dur="3.17">TO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2032.196" dur="3.704">CONSIDERING AND WE KNOW WHAT OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2033.497" dur="4.705">JOBS ARE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2034.098" dur="6.373">WE CAN FIND A BETTER WAY TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2036" dur="6.106">THIS IN THE 21st CENTURY USING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2038.302" dur="6.34">THE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS -- IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2040.571" dur="5.439">AVAILABLE IN SO MANY DIFFERENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2042.206" dur="6.139">WAYS TO HAVE VERIFIABLE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2044.742" dur="5.572">ACCURATE, HONEST VOTING FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2046.11" dur="4.471">THOSE WHO CANNOT OR SHOULD NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2048.445" dur="7.074">PHYSICALLY BE PRESENT ON THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2050.681" dur="8.776">I'VE SPOKEN TO ELIZABETH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2055.619" dur="6.607">MCDONOUGH, THE PARLIAMENTARIAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2058.289" dur="4.304">OF THE SENATE AND HER STAFF AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2059.557" dur="5.639">WANT TO ENGAGE IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2062.326" dur="5.672">CONVERSATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2062.693" dur="6.707">WHAT WE KNOW IS THIS IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2065.296" dur="5.038">HISTORIC, AND IT REALLY IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2068.098" dur="4.305">DRAMATIC CHANGE FROM WHEN WE'VE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2070.434" dur="5.272">I DON'T THINK IT'S UNREALISTIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2072.503" dur="5.639">I THINK IT REFLECTS THE REALITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2074.071" dur="5.372">OF WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITH A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2075.806" dur="6.04">PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, IT COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2078.242" dur="7.341">REFLECT WHAT WE DEAL WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2079.543" dur="7.374">TOMORROW IF WE CAN DEAL WITH A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2081.946" dur="6.506">NATIONAL EMERGENCY OR GOD FORBID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2085.683" dur="3.703">TERRORIST ACTIVITY THAT KEEPS US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2087.017" dur="5.939">FROM THIS BUILDING WHEN WE STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2088.552" dur="5.94">HAVE WORK TO DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2089.486" dur="7.908">I WANT TO THANK SENATOR PORTMAN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2093.056" dur="6.441">SENATOR KLOBACHAR, WHO HAS BEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2094.592" dur="5.205">ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2097.494" dur="5.706">EFFORT, SENATOR SCHATZ, WHO IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2099.597" dur="4.738">COSPONSOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2099.897" dur="5.906">WE ARE UP TO 20 COSPONSORS ON A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2103.3" dur="2.77">BIPARTISAN BASIS IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2104.435" dur="3.37">MOVEMENT TO CHANGE THE SENATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2105.903" dur="3.437">RULES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2106.17" dur="5.038">I HOPE WE CAN HAVE CONFERENCE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2107.905" dur="4.738">CALLS DURING THE TIME WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2109.44" dur="4.237">PHYSICALLY AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2111.308" dur="3.204">AND MOVE THIS BUSINESS FORWARD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2112.743" dur="3.437">THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2113.777" dur="4.138">SAME THING AS WELL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2114.612" dur="5.171">NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2116.28" dur="6.106">IT IS TIME TO BRING THIS GREAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2118.015" dur="6.773">BODY, THE UNITED STATES SENATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2119.916" dur="6.341">INTO THE 21st CENTURY WHEN IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2122.486" dur="6.54">COMES TO EXECUTING OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2124.888" dur="5.072">CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2126.357" dur="5.205">WITHOUT ENDANGERING ANYONE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2129.126" dur="3.303">ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE STAFF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2130.06" dur="4.705">AND THEIR FAMILY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2131.662" dur="4.271">MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2132.529" dur="4.906">FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2134.865" dur="3.737">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2136.033" dur="4.471">SENATOR FROM WYOMING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2137.535" dur="4.237">MR. BARRASSO: MR. PRESIDENT, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2138.702" dur="5.039">FAMILIES, IF FOR HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2140.604" dur="5.072">WORKERS, FOR SMALL BUSINESSES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2141.872" dur="5.773">PEOPLE WHO ARE WAKING UP TODAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2143.841" dur="5.405">ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2145.776" dur="4.772">ASKING WHAT'S NEXT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2147.745" dur="4.438">I BELIEVE TODAY WE CAN REPORT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2149.346" dur="4.271">THERE IS GOOD NEWS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2150.648" dur="4.738">THE RESOLVE AND DETERMINATION OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2152.283" dur="5.071">THIS SENATE, WORKING IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2153.717" dur="6.04">BIPARTISAN WAY, AND WORKING WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2155.486" dur="7.007">THE WHITE HOUSE, HAVE DELIVERED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2157.454" dur="6.107">A RESCUE PLAN, A RESCUE PLAN FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2159.857" dur="6.34">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2162.593" dur="5.772">AMERICAN HEALTH CARE WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2163.661" dur="6.573">TODAY WE ARE GOING TO PASS NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2166.297" dur="7.04">AUTHORITIES, NEW RESOURCES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2168.465" dur="5.139">NEW PROGRAMS TO DEAL WITH TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2170.334" dur="5.439">CRISIS THAT WE, AS A NATION ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2173.437" dur="3.637">FACING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2173.704" dur="7.274">ONE IS THE MEDICAL CRISIS, THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2177.174" dur="7.074">THE ECONOMIC CRISIS THAT IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2181.078" dur="3.437">RESULT -- A DIRECT RESULT OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2182.579" dur="4.438">MEDICAL CRISIS THAT WE ARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2184.615" dur="6.54">THE SENATE IS PROVIDING AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2187.117" dur="5.172">OVERWHELMING AND A MASSIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2189.719" dur="3.404">HEALTH CARE AND ECONOMIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2191.255" dur="3.637">RESPONSE PACKAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2192.389" dur="3.337">WE'RE DOING BOTH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2193.223" dur="4.805">AND WE HAVE TO DO BOTH AT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2194.992" dur="5.305">SAME TIME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2195.826" dur="5.672">IT'S A RESCUE OPERATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2198.128" dur="5.306">THE RESOURCES THAT OUR HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2200.397" dur="3.404">CARE PROVIDERS NEED AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2201.598" dur="4.005">RESOURCES THAT ARE OUR ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2203.534" dur="2.136">NEEDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2203.901" dur="3.003">THE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2205.736" dur="4.271">GOING TO BE SURGING FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2207.004" dur="5.906">COMMUNITIES ALL AROUND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2208.505" dur="5.94">COUNTRY, EVERY ONE OF THE 50</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2210.107" dur="6.874">STATES IS AFFECTED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2213.01" dur="5.806">OVER $100 BILLION FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2214.545" dur="4.671">HOSPITALS AND FOR THE HEROES WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2217.081" dur="3.436">ARE TAKING CARE OF CORONAVIRUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2218.916" dur="3.837">PATIENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2219.316" dur="5.039">MR. PRESIDENT, AS YOU KNOW, I'M</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2220.617" dur="5.406">A PHYSICIAN, PRACTICED MEDICINE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2222.853" dur="4.938">FOR A LONG TIME IN WYOMING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2224.455" dur="5.172">PEOPLE GO INTO MEDICINE SO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2226.123" dur="5.939">THEY CAN DO A NUMBER OF THINGS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2227.891" dur="7.141">YOU GO INTO MEDICINE AND WHAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2229.727" dur="7.407">EXPECT OF OUR HEALTH CARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2238.001" dur="5.74">FOR ALL OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2240.571" dur="4.304">WORKING IN THIS PROFESSION, I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2241.638" dur="5.039">WILL TELL YOU THIS WILL BE THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2243.841" dur="4.037">FINEST HOUR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2244.975" dur="4.238">WE'RE HEARING ABOUT HEROES ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2246.777" dur="3.971">OVER THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2249.313" dur="5.739">THIS CRISIS IS IN EFFECT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2250.848" dur="6.84">BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2252.149" dur="6.273">THEM TO DO EVERY DAY, SAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2255.152" dur="5.405">LIVES, HEAL THE SICK, AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2258.522" dur="5.472">WE SEE THAT WITH OUR PUBLIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2260.657" dur="5.139">HEALTH OFFICE HOARSE ARE TRYING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2262.326" dur="5.906">TO PREVENT DISEASE, WE SEE IT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2264.094" dur="5.339">THE COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE TRYING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2265.896" dur="3.804">TO HEAL THE SICK AND TO SAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2268.332" dur="5.272">LIVES IN THE HOSPITALS DAY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2269.533" dur="5.739">NIGHT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2269.8" dur="6.773">AND WHAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2273.704" dur="4.504">ARE RESOURCES AND THAT IS NOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2275.372" dur="5.039">GOING TO BE PROVIDED IN THE BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2276.673" dur="4.538">THAT WE'RE GOING TO PASS TODAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2278.308" dur="4.672">AND WILL HOPEFULLY SOON BE ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2280.511" dur="3.97">THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2281.311" dur="5.272">SO WE'RE ALSO SURGING DOLLARS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2283.08" dur="5.072">INDIVIDUALS AND TO FAMILIES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2284.581" dur="8.743">TO BUSINESSES AND DISTRESSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2286.717" dur="7.908">PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2288.252" dur="9.81">DIRECT MONEY TO -- $1,200 PER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2293.424" dur="6.506">INDIVIDUAL, $500 PER CHILD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2294.725" dur="7.006">YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2298.162" dur="5.238">$350 BILLION IN BRIDGE LOANS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2300.03" dur="5.139">GRANTS TO SMALL- AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2301.832" dur="4.438">MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2303.5" dur="4.872">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2305.269" dur="4.738">WORKERS -- YOU KNOW, WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2306.37" dur="5.472">TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2308.472" dur="5.505">WORKING AND READY TO GO TO WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2310.107" dur="4.771">THE NEXT DAY THAT WEREN'T ABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2311.942" dur="5.239">TO BECAUSE OF THE MEDICAL CRISIS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2314.978" dur="5.005">SO WORKERS WHO WEREN'T ABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2317.281" dur="4.271">WORK RIGHT NOW TO MAKE SURE THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2319.249" dur="4.605">ARE MADE WHOLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2320.116" dur="5.106">NOW, WE HAVE HELD THE LINE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2321.652" dur="4.738">AGAINST SO MANY OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2323.954" dur="3.937">IDEOLOGICAL ISSUES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2325.322" dur="4.038">DEMOCRATS, AND SPECIFICALLY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2326.49" dur="5.472">SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TRIED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2327.991" dur="4.538">PUT INTO THIS LEGISLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2329.46" dur="4.571">WE MADE IT CLEAR, LIVES ARE AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2332.062" dur="2.336">STAKE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2332.629" dur="4.405">THOSE ARE DEBATES FOR ANOTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2334.131" dur="4.871">DAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2334.498" dur="7.007">THE CRISIS IS UPON US AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2337.134" dur="6.206">RESCUE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2339.102" dur="5.74">I BELIEVE TIME WAS WASTED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2341.605" dur="6.039">TIME -- WE SHOULD HAVE PASSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2343.44" dur="5.472">THIS LAST SUNDAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2344.942" dur="5.572">TIME WAS WASTED AND IT'S TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2347.744" dur="3.571">THAT WAS WASTED THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2349.012" dur="5.106">AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2350.614" dur="6.807">DIDN'T HAVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2351.415" dur="7.708">BUT TODAY WE ARE WORKING ON THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2354.218" dur="6.106">ACTION PLAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2357.521" dur="3.503">PASS THE SENATE BILL TODAY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2359.223" dur="4.337">SURGE HEALTH CARE RESOURCES TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2361.124" dur="7.775">THE HOUSE CANNOT DELAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2363.66" dur="7.107">MR. PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE NEEDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2365.562" dur="7.007">TO GET THIS PASSED TODAY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2368.999" dur="5.806">SENT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2370.867" dur="7.008">UNITED STATES FOR HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2372.669" dur="8.209">SIGNIFICANT TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2374.905" dur="9.71">AMERICA SHOULD NOT WAKE UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2377.975" dur="9.209">TOMORROW AND HAVE TO WATCH AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2380.978" dur="6.773">WAIT AND WORRY TO SEE IF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2384.715" dur="10.977">HOUSE WAS GOING TO PASS THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2387.284" dur="11.245">BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2387.851" dur="11.946">THE HOUSE NEEDS TO VOTE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2395.792" dur="9.11">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2398.629" dur="7.707">ASSURANCE TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2399.897" dur="7.541">AMERICAN FAMILIES, EVERYONE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2405.002" dur="4.538">HAVE -- PEOPLE ARE DOING IT ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2406.436" dur="5.539">AROUND THE COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2407.538" dur="7.941">PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2409.64" dur="7.24">RAMP UP MANUFACTURING OF MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2412.075" dur="6.307">EQUIPMENT, MAFNTION,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2415.579" dur="4.538">VENTILATORS, RECIPIENTS, TESTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2416.98" dur="3.204">TO SAVE LIVES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2418.482" dur="3.203">PEOPLE WILL CUT RED TAPE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2420.25" dur="5.472">TREATMENT AND VACCINES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2421.785" dur="6.04">GOING FORWARD, AND I SEE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2423.654" dur="6.907">MINORITY LEADER ON THE FLOOR,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2425.822" dur="5.006">GOING FORWARD WE NEED TO TAKE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2427.925" dur="5.305">LONG, HARD LOOK AT OUR SUPPLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2430.661" dur="5.071">CHAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2430.928" dur="8.208">CHINA HAS BEEN EXPOSED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2433.33" dur="9.877">WE CANNOT ALLOW OURSELVES EVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2435.832" dur="10.611">AGAIN TO BE IN ANY WAY DEPENDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2439.236" dur="9.643">ON CHINA FOR MEDICINES, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2443.307" dur="8.175">MATERIALS, OR -- MY FOCUS, ALONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2446.543" dur="5.439">WITH THE PRESIDENT'S FOCUS IS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2448.979" dur="5.339">BRING AMERICA BACK STRONGER THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2451.582" dur="3.003">EVER BEFORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2452.082" dur="4.104">WE ARE A STRONG AND RESILIENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2454.418" dur="3.036">NATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2454.685" dur="4.404">WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2456.286" dur="5.806">OUR COUNTRY'S HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2457.554" dur="7.041">INFRASTRUCTURE AND OUR ECONOMIC</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2462.192" dur="6.04">WE WILL DEFEAT THE VIRUS AND WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2464.695" dur="22.488">WILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2466.897" dur="20.887">THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, AND I</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2487.884" dur="2.336">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2489.62" dur="3.169">MS. CANTWELL: MR. PRESIDENT, I</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2492.889" dur="6.54">WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2503.734" dur="8.875">THAT LITERALLY HAS BEEN CRAFTED</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2629.526" dur="5.372">OUR RESTAURANTS, OUR OTHER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="2944.174" dur="5.539">TO BE CONTINUED HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2946.076" dur="5.138">ACCESS TO THOSE LAID OFF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2949.546" dur="3.303">WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2949.813" dur="5.839">SO LET'S GET THESE DOLLARS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2951.314" dur="5.539">THE FRONT LINE, TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2952.949" dur="4.505">HOSPITALS, TO OUR STATES FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2955.752" dur="3.303">BETTER EQUIPMENT, FOR MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2956.953" dur="5.005">SUPPLIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2957.554" dur="6.339">LET'S SUPPORT THEM IN DOING WHAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2959.155" dur="7.975">THEY DO BEST, HELPING TO FIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2962.058" dur="5.572">THIS DISEASE AND SEEING THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2963.993" dur="4.572">THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2967.23" dur="6.673">AMERICA'S CHALLENGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2967.73" dur="6.974">I THANK THE PRESIDENT AND I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2968.665" dur="7.04">YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2974.003" dur="2.169">MR. SCHUMER: MR. PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2974.804" dur="2.703">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2975.805" dur="2.703">MINORITY LEADER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2976.272" dur="4.338">MR. SCHUMER: FIRST LET ME TANK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2977.607" dur="4.905">THE SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2978.608" dur="4.838">HER HARD AND DILIGENT WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2980.71" dur="4.171">NO ONE -- NO ONE FOUGHT HARDER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2982.612" dur="4.371">FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2983.546" dur="5.539">WHICH LIKE MY STATE OF NEW YORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2984.981" dur="5.372">IS IN SUCH CRISIS THAN THE TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2987.083" dur="4.939">SENATORS FROM WASHINGTON, AND I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2989.185" dur="3.904">THANK SENATOR CANTWELL FOR HER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2990.453" dur="4.805">GREAT WORK UP AND DOWN THE LINE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2992.122" dur="7.841">WHETHER IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2993.189" dur="10.878">THE COMPANIES, THE PEOPLE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="2995.358" dur="10.911">WASHINGTON STATE, SHE WAS THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3000.063" dur="8.375">NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, I SAY TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3004.167" dur="6.573">AMERICAN PEOPLE, HELP IS ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3006.369" dur="5.906">WAY, BIG HELP, QUICK HELP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3008.538" dur="6.039">I SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3010.84" dur="6.273">BECAUSE DEMOCRATS INSISTED ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3012.375" dur="7.641">MAKING THIS BILL BETTER, WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3014.677" dur="7.041">NOW CALL IT A BILL THAT PUTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3017.213" dur="7.575">WORKERS FIRST, NOT CORPORATIONS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3020.116" dur="6.14">THAT HAS A MARSHALL PLAN FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3021.818" dur="7.04">HOSPITALS, AND THAT HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3024.888" dur="7.774">ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3026.356" dur="8.575">AND WATCHDOGS OVER MUCH OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3028.958" dur="8.275">LENDING THAT IS IN THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3032.762" dur="7.474">NOW, SIX DAYS OF SUBTLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3035.031" dur="6.473">DIPLOMACY AND HERE IN THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3037.333" dur="6.941">MOSTLY NOW EMPTY CORRIDORS WE'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3040.336" dur="6.24">SHAPED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3041.604" dur="7.374">THE LARGEST RESCUE PACKAGE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3044.374" dur="6.773">AMERICAN HISTORY, WHICH WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3046.676" dur="5.672">SEALED LAST NIGHT A FEW MINUTES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3049.078" dur="5.74">AFTER 1:00 IN THE MORNING WHEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3051.247" dur="3.871">LEADER McCONNELL AND I CAME TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3052.448" dur="4.472">THE FLOOR TO ANNOUNCE WE HAD AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3054.918" dur="4.671">AGREEMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3055.218" dur="4.738">IT WAS NOT A MOMENT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3057.02" dur="6.173">CELEBRATION BUT RATHER ONE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3059.689" dur="5.272">NECESSITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3060.056" dur="6.84">FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3063.293" dur="5.705">IT WAS THE DUTY OF THE SENATE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3065.061" dur="6.14">PRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3066.996" dur="6.273">TO SEND AN IMMEDIATE INFUSION OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3069.098" dur="5.106">RESOURCES TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3071.301" dur="3.837">SYSTEMS, STATE AND LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3073.369" dur="3.637">GOVERNMENTS, SMALL BUSINESS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3074.304" dur="4.938">AMERICAN WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3075.238" dur="6.406">AS I SAID, FROM THE START</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3077.106" dur="6.073">DEMOCRATS HAD TWO MAIN GOALS, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3079.342" dur="5.339">MARSHALL PLAN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3081.744" dur="4.572">WORKERS AND HOSPITALS ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3083.279" dur="6.74">FRONT LINE AND PUTTING WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3084.781" dur="7.407">FIRST, NOT CORPORATIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3086.416" dur="7.074">HAD WE NOT ASKED FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3090.119" dur="4.905">REPUBLICAN PARTY TO RECOGNIZE US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3092.288" dur="3.938">BY NOT GOING FORWARD ON THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3093.59" dur="5.405">FIRST TWO VOTES, THIS BILL WOULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3095.124" dur="5.806">HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3096.326" dur="6.606">OUR ACTIONS MADE IT MUCH BETTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3099.095" dur="5.939">NOT EVERYTHING WE WANTED BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3101.03" dur="5.873">MUCH, MUCH BETTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3103.032" dur="6.74">AND WE'RE PROUD AS A CAUCUS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3105.134" dur="5.005">UNITED AS A CAUCUS OF THE JOB WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3107.003" dur="4.404">HAVE DONE TO IMPROVE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3109.872" dur="2.603">LEGISLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3110.239" dur="5.006">BECAUSE AFTER ALL, THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3111.507" dur="6.273">LEGISLATION WILL BE WITH US NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3112.575" dur="9.677">FOR DAYS AND NOT FOR WEEKS, NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3115.345" dur="8.175">EVEN FOR MONTHS BUT PROBABLY FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3117.88" dur="10.478">YEARS TO IM-- FOR YEARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3122.352" dur="7.407">TO IMPROVE THIS LEGISLATION WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3123.62" dur="7.573">WORTH TAKING AN EXTRA DAY OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3128.458" dur="4.438">TWO, AFTER THE REPUBLICAN LEADER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3129.859" dur="3.804">PUT IT DOWN WITHOUT CONSULTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3131.294" dur="3.87">US AND TRIED TO SAY TAKE IT OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3132.996" dur="4.204">LEAVE IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3133.763" dur="5.172">NOW, LIKE ALL COMPROMISE, THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3135.264" dur="5.706">BILL IS FAR FROM PERFECT, BUT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3137.3" dur="5.839">BELIEVE THE LEGISLATION HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3139.035" dur="4.471">IMPROVED SUFFICIENTLY TO WARRANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3141.07" dur="4.405">ITS QUICK CONSIDERATION AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3143.239" dur="3.504">PASSAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3143.606" dur="5.306">BECAUSE MANY DEMOCRATS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3145.575" dur="6.173">REPUBLICANS WERE WILLING TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3146.843" dur="6.44">THE SERIOUS AND HARD WORK, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3149.012" dur="5.572">BILL IS MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3151.848" dur="4.805">STARTED AND STARTING YESTERDAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3153.383" dur="5.405">MORNING WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3154.684" dur="6.406">GET THIS BILL DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3156.753" dur="6.907">WE WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3158.888" dur="7.608">THIS BODY SHOULD HAVE WORKED AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3161.19" dur="7.375">SHOULD WORK, AND HERE WE ARE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3163.76" dur="6.239">ONCE THE LANGUAGE IS READY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3166.596" dur="6.006">DEMOCRATS ARE READY TO SPEED UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3168.665" dur="5.305">THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3170.099" dur="5.772">MUCH AS POSSIBLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3172.702" dur="4.638">WE BELIEVE THAT THE LEGISLATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3174.07" dur="5.205">HAS BEEN IMPROVED SUFFICIENTLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3175.972" dur="5.639">TO WARRANT ITS QUICK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3177.44" dur="7.875">CONSIDERATION AND PASSAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3179.375" dur="7.308">I EXPECT THE SENATE CAN GET THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3181.711" dur="6.072">JOB DONE IN THE NEW FEW HOURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3185.415" dur="6.239">NOW, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3186.783" dur="6.907">WATCHING SHOULD KNOW WHAT IS IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3187.883" dur="6.074">THIS BILL WHICH HAS UNDERGONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3191.754" dur="3.37">MANY REVISIONS OVER THE PAST 48</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3193.79" dur="2.669">HOURS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3194.057" dur="3.904">MANY OF THE PROGRAMS AND FUNDING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3195.224" dur="5.072">AUTHORITIES THAT ARE BEING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3196.559" dur="5.372">FINALIZED AS WE SPEAK WILL GO TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3198.061" dur="5.505">THEM DIRECTLY, THE AMERICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3200.396" dur="4.238">PEOPLE AND COULD MAKE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3202.031" dur="4.838">DIFFERENCE IN THE NEXT FEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3203.666" dur="5.105">MONTHS BETWEEN PUTTING FOOD ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3204.734" dur="6.206">THE TABLE AND GOING HUNGRY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3206.969" dur="5.873">BETWEEN SURVIVING THIS PERIOD OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3208.871" dur="5.973">UNEMPLOYMENT AND FINANCIAL RUIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3211.04" dur="5.706">SO LET ME BRIEFLY RUN THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3212.942" dur="5.739">THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3214.944" dur="5.773">BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3216.846" dur="6.974">FIRST, AS I MENTIONED, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3218.781" dur="7.708">MARSHALL PLAN FOR THE AMERICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3220.817" dur="7.874">MEDICAL SYSTEM IS NOW UNDER WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3223.92" dur="7.908">THIS AGREEMENT WILL INJECT $150</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3226.589" dur="6.507">BILLION INTO OUR HOSPITALS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3228.791" dur="5.706">HEALTH SYSTEM, HEADLINED BY A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3231.928" dur="4.104">NEW HUNDRED BILLION FUND TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3233.196" dur="4.971">PROVIDE OUR HEALTH SYSTEM WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3234.597" dur="5.506">WHATEVER IT NEEDS TO FIGHT BACK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3236.132" dur="4.038">THE GRANTS IN THAT FUND WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3238.267" dur="3.671">AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WHO IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3240.236" dur="4.905">FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3242.038" dur="5.205">HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3243.573" dur="4.738">COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3245.241" dur="5.606">TYPES OF MEDICAID PROVIDERS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3247.343" dur="5.406">SAFETY NET PROVIDERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3248.411" dur="6.773">IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR PERSONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3250.947" dur="6.006">PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, TESTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3252.849" dur="5.739">SUPPLIES, A SURGE IN OUR HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3255.284" dur="4.472">CARE WORKFORCE, ADDITIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3257.053" dur="5.038">MEDICARE FUNDING, RESEARCH INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3258.688" dur="5.739">CORONAVIRUS TREATMENTS AND MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3259.856" dur="7.24">THE FUNDING WILL LITERALLY ACT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3262.191" dur="5.138">AS A LIFELINE AS THE NUMBER OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3264.527" dur="6.373">COVID-19 CASES CONTINUES TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3267.196" dur="5.639">CLIMB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3267.43" dur="6.673">SO AS I SAID, A MARSHALL PLAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3271" dur="5.072">FOR AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEM IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3272.935" dur="4.505">NOW UNDER WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3274.203" dur="6.04">SECOND, WORKERS FIRST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3276.172" dur="6.24">MILLIONS OF WORKERS THROUGH NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3277.54" dur="8.008">FAULT OF THEIR OWN ARE LOSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3280.343" dur="5.438">PAYCHECKS WITH NO WAY TO COVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3282.512" dur="4.905">THEIR DAILY EXPENSES AND MONTHLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3285.648" dur="4.471">BILLS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3285.882" dur="5.472">COMING TO THEIR RESCUE IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3287.517" dur="5.438">PROGRAM DEMOCRATS DEVISED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3290.219" dur="4.738">BOOST UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3291.454" dur="5.239">WE CALL IT UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3293.055" dur="6.173">INSURANCE ON STEROIDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3295.057" dur="6.707">THE AGREEMENT INCREASES THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3296.793" dur="6.406">MAXIMUM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3299.328" dur="6.34">$600 PER WEEK AND ENSURES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3301.864" dur="4.138">LAID OFF WORKERS ON AVERAGE WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3303.299" dur="3.904">RECEIVE THEIR FULL PAY FOR FOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3305.768" dur="3.837">MONTHS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3306.102" dur="6.506">THESE BENEFITS WILL BE MUCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3307.303" dur="6.74">EASIER TO ACCESS AND WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3309.705" dur="5.473">EXPANDED TO INCLUDE PART-TIME,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3312.708" dur="5.272">SELF-EMPLOYED, FREELANCERS, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3314.143" dur="5.139">GIG ECONOMY WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3315.278" dur="5.305">AND THE NEW PROGRAM HAS A SECOND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3318.08" dur="3.838">-- THE FIRST JOB OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3319.382" dur="4.071">PROGRAM, GET MONEY INTO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3320.683" dur="5.005">POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3322.018" dur="5.405">THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3323.553" dur="6.106">THEIR OWN, AND IT WILL COME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3325.788" dur="6.507">QUICKLY AND GENEROUSLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3327.523" dur="6.073">BUT IT HAS A SECOND PURPOSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3329.759" dur="6.273">IT WILL ALSO ALLOW COMPANIES TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3332.395" dur="5.539">FURLOUGH WORKERS SO THEY CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3333.696" dur="5.739">STAY ON AS EMPLOYEES, SO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3336.132" dur="5.539">WHEN GOD WILLING THIS CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3338.034" dur="6.506">ABATES, THEY CAN QUICKLY RESUME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3339.535" dur="7.141">WORK WITH TIR EMPLOYER AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3341.771" dur="6.807">BUSINESSES CAN RESEMBLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3344.64" dur="5.673">WHEN THIS -- REASSEM BALANCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3346.776" dur="5.072">WHEN THIS CRISIS IS OVER, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3348.678" dur="4.905">DON'T WANT EVERY WORKER LOSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3350.413" dur="3.904">THEIR JOB TO SCATTER TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3351.948" dur="3.737">WINDS AND SO MANY GOOD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3353.683" dur="3.87">BUSINESSES THROUGH NO FAULT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3354.417" dur="7.708">THEIR OWN WILL FALL APART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3355.785" dur="6.807">BY KEEPING THEM ON FURLOUGH,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3357.653" dur="6.54">PAYING THEM, THE BUSINESSES CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3362.225" dur="3.637">REASSEMBLE QUICKLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3362.692" dur="4.571">THIS PROPOSAL, UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3364.293" dur="4.138">INSURANCE ON STEROID, WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3365.962" dur="2.836">THE GREATEST EXPANSION OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3367.363" dur="3.504">UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3368.531" dur="3.871">DECADES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3368.898" dur="5.539">A SOCIAL SAFETY NET WIDE ENOUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3370.967" dur="5.338">TO CATCH THE MILLIONS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3372.502" dur="5.238">AMERICAN WORKERS WHO BECAME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3374.537" dur="4.504">UNEMPLOYED VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3376.405" dur="3.571">WOVEN WITH FIBER STRONG ENOUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3377.84" dur="4.705">TO HOLD THEM THROUGH THE WORST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3379.141" dur="5.373">OF THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3380.076" dur="6.34">AS I SAID, WE'RE GOING TO PASS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3382.645" dur="5.438">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3384.614" dur="5.438">STEROIDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3386.516" dur="6.172">THIRD, OVERSIGHT, TRANSPARENCY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3388.183" dur="5.573">AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL LOANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3390.152" dur="5.706">MADE TO CORPORATIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3392.788" dur="5.139">THE REPUBLICAN BILL INITIALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3393.856" dur="5.839">PUT THE FOCUS ON RESCUING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3395.958" dur="4.805">INDUSTRY AND DID NOT DO ENOUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3398.027" dur="6.74">TO PROTECT THE HUNDREDS --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3399.795" dur="5.573">HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3400.863" dur="6.44">THOUSANDS OF WORKERS THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3404.867" dur="4.171">INDUSTRIES EMPLOY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3405.468" dur="4.738">BUT AS A RESULT OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3407.403" dur="5.205">NEGOTIATIONS, DEMOCRATS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3409.138" dur="5.706">SECURED CRUCIAL WORKER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3410.306" dur="5.606">PROTECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3412.708" dur="4.271">AS CONDITIONS TO RESCUING LARGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3414.944" dur="3.47">COMPANIES, INCLUDING INCENTIVES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3416.012" dur="3.57">FOR BUSINESSES TO KEEP WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3417.079" dur="4.038">ON THE PAYROLL DURING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3418.514" dur="2.67">CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3419.682" dur="3.237">FOR THE NEARLY TWO MILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3421.25" dur="6.173">AIRLINE EMPLOYEES, DEMOCRATS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3423.019" dur="5.605">HAVE ALSO SECURED DIRECT PAYROLL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3425.087" dur="5.539">PAYMENTS TO KEEP YOU ON THE JOB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3427.523" dur="4.538">YOUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3428.724" dur="5.439">RIGHTS WILL BE PROTECTED AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3430.726" dur="5.172">AIRLINES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3432.161" dur="5.306">SPEND ANY GRANT MONEY ON STOCK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3434.263" dur="4.939">BUYBACKS OR C.E.O. BONUS PAY FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3435.998" dur="4.872">THE LIFE OF THE GRANT PLUS ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3437.567" dur="4.371">YEAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3439.302" dur="6.84">DEMOCRATS ALSO SECURED TOUGH NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3440.97" dur="6.94">REQUIREMENTS ON FEDERAL GRANTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3442.038" dur="7.274">AND LOANS TO ANY INDUSTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3446.242" dur="4.471">NO STOCK BUYBACKS FOR THE LENGTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3448.01" dur="3.604">OF ANY LOAN PROVIDED BY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3449.412" dur="4.838">TREASURY PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3450.813" dur="4.505">YEAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3451.714" dur="4.972">RESTRICTIONS ON ANY INCREASES TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3454.35" dur="4.705">EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3455.418" dur="3.971">A REQUIREMENT TO PROTECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3456.786" dur="3.804">COLLECTIVE BARGAINING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3459.155" dur="2.903">AGREEMENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3459.489" dur="4.17">DEMOCRATS SECURED A PROHIBITION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3460.69" dur="4.471">ON ANY TRUMP ORGANIZATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3462.158" dur="4.271">BUSINESS OR ANY BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3463.759" dur="6.874">CONTROLLED BY ANY OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3465.261" dur="8.442">GOVERNMENT LEADERS FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3466.529" dur="8.808">RECEIVING A LOAN FROM THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3470.733" dur="6.006">WE COMPELLED THE CREATION OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3473.803" dur="6.373">TREASURY DEPARTMENT SPECIAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3475.437" dur="5.073">INSPECTOR GENERAL TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3476.839" dur="5.072">OVERSIGHT OF TREASURY LOANS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3480.276" dur="2.536">INVESTMENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3480.61" dur="3.469">AN ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3482.011" dur="3.804">PROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3482.912" dur="5.171">AND A CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3484.179" dur="5.173">COMMISSION AS WELL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3485.915" dur="4.471">AND THERE WILL BE MUCH-NEEDED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3488.183" dur="4.739">TRANSPARENCY IN THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3489.452" dur="6.54">REQUIREMENTS AS WELL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3490.486" dur="7.241">THE TREASURY SECRETARY MUST BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3493.022" dur="7.474">LAW MAKE PUBLIC QUICKLY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3496.092" dur="5.071">NAMES AND TERMS OF LOANS OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3497.827" dur="5.906">OTHER ASSISTANCE TO CORPORATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3500.596" dur="6.707">BORROWERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3501.263" dur="6.907">I BELIEVE IT WAS JUSTICE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3503.833" dur="6.473">BRANDEIS SAID SUN LIGHT IS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3507.403" dur="5.305">GREAT DISINFECTANT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3508.271" dur="6.106">IF ANY OF THESE LOANS LOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3510.406" dur="5.239">UNTOWARD, IF ANY OF THESE LOANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3512.808" dur="4.205">DON'T LOOK RIGHT, THE PUBLIC,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3514.477" dur="4.838">THE CONGRESS WILL KNOW QUICKLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3515.745" dur="5.438">AND THAT WILL PUT PRESSURE ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3517.113" dur="5.505">THE TREASURY SECRETARY NOT TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3519.415" dur="4.972">THEM AND CERTAINLY NOT TO REPEAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3521.316" dur="5.106">THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3522.718" dur="5.906">FOURTH, RESOURCES OF STATE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3524.487" dur="5.405">LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3526.522" dur="5.572">WHO ARE CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3528.724" dur="4.271">THEIR OVERBURDENED HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3529.992" dur="6.54">NETWORKS ON THEIR BUDGETS IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3532.194" dur="5.272">THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3533.095" dur="7.908">THIS CAME DOWN TO THE WIRE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3536.632" dur="6.24">OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS DIDN'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3537.566" dur="6.707">WANT TO DO IT, BUT I'M GLAD THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3541.103" dur="3.437">ACCEDED TO OUR WISHES HERE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3542.972" dur="2.669">BECAUSE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3544.373" dur="4.605">HURTING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3544.64" dur="5.773">THEY ARE SPENDING MORE MONEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3545.741" dur="6.173">THAN THEY HAVE EVER SPENT, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3549.078" dur="5.739">AT THE SAME TIME THEIR TAX</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3550.513" dur="4.371">REVENUES HAVE DECLINED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3552.014" dur="5.573">AND SO WE MUST HELP OUR LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3554.95" dur="7.241">GOVERNMENTS, AND WE WILL IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3557.687" dur="6.907">LEGISLATION, AND IT WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3560.589" dur="6.14">DISTRIBUTED BETWEEN BOTH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3562.291" dur="6.073">LOCAL GOVERNMENT -- THE COUNTY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3564.694" dur="7.04">GOVERNMENTS AND THE STATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3566.829" dur="6.14">IN THE END, STATE AND LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3568.464" dur="5.806">GOVERNMENTS WILL NOW GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3571.834" dur="2.77">$150 BILLION, WITH $8 BILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3573.069" dur="3.537">SET ASIDE FOR TRIBAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3574.37" dur="3.303">GOVERNMENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3574.704" dur="5.472">THE RELIEF IS DESPERATELY NEEDED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3576.706" dur="4.771">BECAUSE STATE REVENUES HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3577.773" dur="5.139">DRIED UP ALMOST OVERNIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3580.276" dur="4.237">LEAVING THEM WITH UNTENABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3581.577" dur="3.837">CHOICES ABOUT HOW TO ALLOCATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3583.012" dur="4.271">THEIR HEALTH CARE AND OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3584.613" dur="3.137">RESOURCES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3585.514" dur="6.507">FIFTH, URGENT HELP FOR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3587.383" dur="5.638">BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3587.85" dur="6.74">MY DAD WAS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3592.121" dur="4.571">AN EXTERMINATOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3593.122" dur="5.105">HE USED TO PACE THE FLOORS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3594.69" dur="3.77">SUNDAY NIGHTS UNTIL 2:00 A.M.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3596.792" dur="2.703">BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3598.327" dur="2.903">WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3598.561" dur="4.204">I KNOW HOW SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3599.595" dur="3.403">WORRY AND SUFFER UNDER NORMAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3601.33" dur="4.204">TIMES LET ALONE THESE DIFFICULT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3602.865" dur="4.071">TIMES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3603.099" dur="5.505">THIS BILL OFFERS $350 BILLION IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3605.634" dur="4.372">LOAN FORGIVENESS GRANTS TO SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3607.036" dur="4.605">BUSINESSES TO KEEP THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3608.704" dur="4.772">EXISTING WORK FORCE AND TO HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3610.106" dur="5.639">PAY FOR THINGS LIKE RENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3611.741" dur="6.039">MORTGAGE, AND UTILITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3613.576" dur="5.906">IT PROVIDES $10 BILLION IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3615.845" dur="5.472">EMERGENCY GRANTS TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3617.88" dur="3.504">IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3619.582" dur="3.036">BUSINESS OPERATING COSTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3621.45" dur="5.206">AND OF COURSE THERE ARE MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3622.718" dur="4.471">THINGS BESIDES IN THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3624.353" dur="4.405">THOSE WERE THE FIVE THINGS WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3626.756" dur="3.937">PUSHED FOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3627.289" dur="4.071">SMALL BUSINESS WAS MUCH IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3628.858" dur="5.639">BILL THAT LEADER McCONNELL PUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3630.793" dur="5.372">FORWARD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3631.46" dur="6.04">ALL THE REST, WE AS DEMOCRATS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3634.597" dur="4.871">HAVE PUSHED HARD FOR AND GOTTEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3636.265" dur="3.804">IN THE BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3637.6" dur="4.738">NOW, THERE ARE OTHER THINGS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3639.568" dur="4.805">TOO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3640.169" dur="6.406">SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3642.438" dur="5.539">INCLUDING CHILD CARE, EDUCATION,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3644.473" dur="6.006">SENIOR CARE, HOUSING, AND MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3646.675" dur="4.071">ONE THING OF PARTICULAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3648.077" dur="4.638">IMPORTANCE TO MY STATE IS PUBLIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3650.579" dur="4.605">TRANSIT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3650.846" dur="4.638">THE M.T.A. IS DROWNING AFTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3652.815" dur="5.706">SUCH A STEEP AND SUDDEN LOSS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3655.284" dur="4.405">RIDERSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3655.584" dur="6.307">DEMOCRATS ASKED FOR AND NOW HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3658.621" dur="4.571">SECURED $25 BILLION LIFE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3659.789" dur="5.372">PRESERVER TO KEEP THOSE PUBLIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3661.991" dur="5.939">TRANSIT SYSTEMS AFLOAT AS WELL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3663.292" dur="6.14">AND IT'S NOT JUST BIG CITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3665.261" dur="7.474">THE BUS SYSTEMS IN RURAL AREAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3668.03" dur="5.739">WILL DEPEND ON THIS AS WELL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3669.532" dur="6.373">THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS -- THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3672.835" dur="5.873">BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3673.869" dur="9.877">PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3676.005" dur="9.042">PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM AND PROTECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3678.808" dur="7.874">AMERICAN WORKERS OF ALL STRIPES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3683.846" dur="4.738">NOW, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3685.147" dur="5.306">BILL IS FAR FROM PERFECT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3686.782" dur="5.606">MANY FLAWS REMAIN, SOME SERIOUS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3688.684" dur="4.972">BUT BY NO STRETCH OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3690.553" dur="6.306">IMAGINATION IS THIS THE BILL THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3692.488" dur="5.806">DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE WRITTEN HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3693.756" dur="6.873">WE BEEN IN THE MAJORITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3696.959" dur="4.605">IF DEMOCRATS HELD THE PEN, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3698.394" dur="4.004">WOULD HAVE DESIGNED THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3700.729" dur="2.236">ASSISTANCE TO TROUBLED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3701.664" dur="2.936">INDUSTRIES IN A COMPLETELY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3702.498" dur="3.537">DIFFERENT WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3703.065" dur="3.937">WE WOULD HAVE ADDED EVEN MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3704.7" dur="2.936">SUPPORT FOR MEDICAID, HOSPITALS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3706.135" dur="3.67">COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3707.102" dur="3.871">NURSING HOMES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3707.736" dur="4.638">A NEW PATIENT PROTECTION -- AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3709.905" dur="4.638">NEW PATIENT PROTECTIONS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3711.073" dur="4.838">ENSURE THAT EVERYONE WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3712.474" dur="5.373">CORONAVIRUS CAN ACCESS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3714.643" dur="3.571">AFFORD TREATMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3716.011" dur="3.571">WE WOULD HAVE INCREASED FOOD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3717.947" dur="3.403">ASSISTANCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3718.314" dur="5.505">WE WOULD HAVE INCLUDED MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3719.682" dur="4.838">RELIEF FOR STUDENT BORROWERS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3721.483" dur="4.338">PROHIBITIONS ON EVICTIONS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3723.919" dur="4.338">FORECLOSURES ON AMERICANS FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3724.62" dur="7.541">THE DURATION OF THE CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3725.921" dur="6.607">WE HAVE GOTTEN MANY OF THOSE BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3728.357" dur="5.672">NOT ALL ON EVICTIONS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3732.261" dur="2.936">FORECLOSURES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3732.628" dur="2.802">WE WOULD HAVE PUT WORKERS FIRST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3734.129" dur="2.737">IN EVERY SINGLE PART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3735.297" dur="3.437">BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3735.531" dur="4.805">THAT'S WHAT WE TRIED TO DO HERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3736.966" dur="3.67">AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT SENATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3738.834" dur="4.905">DEMOCRATS ARE NOT IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3740.436" dur="4.705">MAJORITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3740.736" dur="5.806">WE KNEW THIS BILL HAD TO PASS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3743.839" dur="4.672">MUSTER WITH THE REPUBLICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3745.241" dur="7.34">ADMINISTRATION, AND A FAILURE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3746.642" dur="7.141">REACH AN AGREEMENT IN THIS TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3748.611" dur="6.072">OF DEEPENING SERIOUS, PAINFUL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3752.681" dur="4.238">NATIONAL CRISIS WAS SIMPLY NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3753.883" dur="5.438">AN OPTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3754.783" dur="6.073">WE HAVE BEFORE US AN IMPERFECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3757.019" dur="5.506">BILL BUT A NECESSARY ONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3759.421" dur="6.574">DESPITE ITS FLAWS, IT IS FAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3760.956" dur="7.04">BETTER THAN WHERE WE STARTED,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3762.625" dur="7.741">AND IT'S TIME TO PASS IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3766.095" dur="4.838">NOW, BEFORE I YIELD THE FLOOR,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3768.096" dur="4.105">THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE I HAVE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3770.466" dur="2.669">RECOGNIZE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3771.033" dur="3.57">THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3772.301" dur="5.072">DEMOCRATIC RANKING MEMBERS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3773.235" dur="6.206">THEIR STAFFS WHO HAVE WORKED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3774.703" dur="6.907">DILIGENTLY ON THIS LEGISLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3777.473" dur="6.306">SENATORS LEAHY AND CARDIN AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3779.541" dur="6.707">SHAHEEN AND WAR REVENUE AND REED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3781.71" dur="5.772">AND PETERS AND WYDEN AND SO MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3783.879" dur="4.972">MORE I COULD NAME, THE WHOLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3786.348" dur="4.205">CAUCUS AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFFS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3787.582" dur="5.64">THANK YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3788.951" dur="5.906">THIS BILL IS BETTER BECAUSE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3790.653" dur="7.174">YOUR LONG HOURS AND HARD WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3793.322" dur="13.78">THE FLOOR STAFF WHO KEPT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3794.957" dur="16.55">CHAMBER OPEN AND RUNNING AT ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3797.927" dur="15.548">HOURS, WE THANK YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3807.202" dur="8.943">SECRETARY MNUCHIN, AIRCRAFT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3811.607" dur="6.54">EULAND, MARK MEADOWS, AND THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3813.575" dur="5.172">STAFFS WHO HAVE SPENT MORE TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3816.245" dur="3.537">IN MY OFFICE THAN THEY CARE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3818.247" dur="4.738">ADMIT, THANK YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3818.847" dur="6.207">NOW TO MY STAFF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3819.882" dur="7.808">I AM BLESSED WITH THE GREATEST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3823.085" dur="6.373">STAFF A SENATOR COULD HAVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3825.154" dur="6.373">THEY ARE SO DEDICATED TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3827.79" dur="6.039">PUBLIC GOOD, THEY ARE SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3829.558" dur="7.675">DEDICATED TO THIS COUNTRY, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3831.627" dur="10.01">YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THEM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3833.929" dur="8.976">WORKING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3837.333" dur="7.207">JERRY PATRELL AND MEGAN TYRA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3841.737" dur="4.304">HAVE A LITTLE BABY AT HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3843.005" dur="5.639">BOTH OF THEM HAVE IMPORTANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3844.64" dur="6.34">ROLES IN MY STAFF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3846.141" dur="6.574">THEY MET HERE, GOT MARRIED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3848.744" dur="5.305">THEY WERE DAY IN AND DAY OUT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3851.08" dur="4.27">SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3852.815" dur="3.403">SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3854.149" dur="3.838">I WANT TO THANK MY STAFF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3855.45" dur="3.104">IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAW THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3856.318" dur="3.871">WORK YOU DID, THEY WOULD BE SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3858.087" dur="4.304">PROUD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3858.654" dur="5.472">SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3860.289" dur="5.539">MY HEART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3862.491" dur="5.606">OUR COLLEAGUES AND OUR STAFFS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3864.226" dur="6.406">HAVE COMMITTED THEMSELVES IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3865.928" dur="6.84">THIS WAY BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3868.197" dur="6.273">THE SACRIFICES BEING MADE BY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3870.732" dur="5.006">AMERICAN PEOPLE IN HOMES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3872.868" dur="4.938">HOSPITALS ACROSS THIS GREAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3874.57" dur="5.572">NATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3875.838" dur="6.606">THE WORKING FAMILIES WHO ARE AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3877.906" dur="5.473">HOME, MISSING PAYCHECKS, PLAYING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3880.242" dur="4.071">TEACHER AND PROVIDER AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3882.544" dur="4.405">CAREGIVER ALL AT ONCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3883.479" dur="5.104">THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3884.413" dur="5.005">ARE VOLUNTEERING TO HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3887.049" dur="4.905">UNDERSTAFFED MEDICAL FACILITIES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3888.683" dur="5.106">THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3889.518" dur="5.806">ARE WATCHING THE LABOR OF THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3892.054" dur="5.472">LIVES EVAPORATE IN AN INSTANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3893.889" dur="11.045">BUT ARE STILL PAYING THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3895.424" dur="10.811">WORKERS AS MUCH AS THEY CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3897.626" dur="9.543">MANAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3905.034" dur="3.737">THE NRS AND DOCTORS AND HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3906.335" dur="3.87">CARE WORKERS WHO KNOW BETTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3907.269" dur="4.772">THAN ANYONE THE RISK OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3908.871" dur="5.272">CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3910.305" dur="6.24">TREATING INFECTED PATIENTS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3912.141" dur="5.005">GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WORKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3914.243" dur="6.673">LONGER SHIFTS TO DO GOD'S WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3916.645" dur="6.774">ANYWAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3917.246" dur="7.24">TO THEM, TO ALL AMERICANS, I SAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3921.016" dur="5.639">THIS -- HELP IS ON THE WAY, BIG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3923.519" dur="4.771">HELP, QUICK HELP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3924.586" dur="6.24">WE ARE GOING TO TAKE UP THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3926.755" dur="5.573">BILL AND PASS IT TO CARE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3928.39" dur="6.574">THOSE WHO ARE NOW CARING FOR US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3930.926" dur="4.471">AND HELP CARRY MILLIONS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3932.428" dur="4.404">AMERICANS THROUGH THESE DARK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3935.064" dur="3.603">TIMES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3935.497" dur="6.006">THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE END OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3936.932" dur="6.874">OUR WORK HERE IN CONGRESS, BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3938.767" dur="7.107">RATHER THE END OF THE BEGINNING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3941.603" dur="5.673">THE CRISIS CONTINUES TO DEEPEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3943.906" dur="4.971">THERE WILL BE DIFFICULT DAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3945.974" dur="5.139">AHEAD, AND THE WORST MAY BE YET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3947.376" dur="5.138">TO COME, AND WE CERTAINLY MAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3948.978" dur="5.538">HAVE TO COME BACK AND DO FURTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3951.213" dur="4.939">LEGISLATION, BUT WE KNOW RIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3952.614" dur="6.741">NOW HELP IS ON THE WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3954.616" dur="6.574">AND WE WILL NOT STOP WORKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3956.252" dur="5.272">UNTIL WE SEE OUR NATION THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3959.455" dur="5.805">THIS TIME OF EXTRAORDINARY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3961.29" dur="19.319">CHALLENGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3961.624" dur="19.619">I YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3965.36" dur="16.651">ABSENCE -- I YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3980.709" dur="2.703">MR. GARDNER: MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3981.343" dur="3.037">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3982.111" dur="2.636">SENATOR FROM COLORADO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3983.512" dur="2.703">MR. GARDNER: I THANK YOU,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3984.48" dur="2.702">MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3984.847" dur="3.403">IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3986.315" dur="2.569">FLOOR OF THE U.S. SENATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3987.282" dur="3.704">IT'S A HEAVY OBLIGATION WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3988.383" dur="3.537">BEFORE US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3988.984" dur="5.973">ON MARCH 17, I WAS CONTACTED BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3991.086" dur="6.04">THE TRICOUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3992.02" dur="7.274">TO NOTIFY ME THAT ON MARCH 11, I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3995.057" dur="6.106">HAD BEEN IN A MEETING WITH A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3997.226" dur="6.106">COLORADAN WHO LATER TESTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="3999.394" dur="5.306">POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, AND AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4001.263" dur="4.371">THE ADVICE OF THE TRICOUNTY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4003.432" dur="5.672">HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4004.8" dur="5.405">ATTENDING PHYSICIAN IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4005.734" dur="6.607">CAPITOL, I ENTERED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4009.204" dur="4.471">SELF-QUARANTINE TO PROTECT MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4010.305" dur="4.872">COLLEAGUES, OUR COMMUNITY, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4012.441" dur="4.271">THEIR FAMILY, AND THAT TIME HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4013.775" dur="6.307">NOW EXPIRED AS OF THIS MORNING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4015.277" dur="6.106">I CERTAINLY REGRET THE FACT THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4016.812" dur="5.906">I MISSED A VOTE THAT PASSED 90-8</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4020.182" dur="4.137">TO COMPLETE PHASE TWO OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4021.483" dur="6.507">HELP TO ADDRESS COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4022.818" dur="6.773">I WISH I HAD BEEN HERE BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4024.419" dur="6.707">THE VOTE WOULD HAVE BEEN 91-8.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4028.09" dur="4.438">BUT THROUGHOUT THAT TIME THAT I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4029.691" dur="5.005">WAS IN QUARANTINE, I HAD AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4031.226" dur="5.406">OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4032.628" dur="6.039">THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4034.796" dur="4.739">COLORADANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4036.732" dur="5.305">TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS AND EVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4038.767" dur="5.239">CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TO HEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4039.635" dur="6.473">FROM BUSINESS LEADERS, TO HEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4042.137" dur="4.905">FROM BUSINESS INDIVIDUALS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4044.106" dur="4.571">HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, TO HEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4046.208" dur="4.304">FROM PARENTS WHO ARE AT HOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4047.142" dur="5.339">WITH THEIR KIDS WHO ARE OUT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4048.777" dur="5.406">SCHOOL, NOT KNOWING IF THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4050.612" dur="5.673">WOULD GO BACK AT ALL TO WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4052.581" dur="5.506">TO FIGURE OUT HOW ZOOM WORKS, TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4054.283" dur="5.806">FIGURE OUT HOW SKYPE WORKS, TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4056.385" dur="4.771">FIGURE OUT HOW TECHNOLOGY WORKS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4058.187" dur="4.47">TO TEACH THEIR KIDS AT HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4060.189" dur="4.137">THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, I HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4061.256" dur="4.705">ADOPTED A THREE-PRONG APPROACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4062.757" dur="3.437">TO WHAT WE MUST DO AS A COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4064.426" dur="3.937">TO GET THROUGH THE CRISIS AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4066.061" dur="3.804">HAND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4066.295" dur="5.572">NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE TO ADDRESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4068.463" dur="5.306">THE IMMEDIATE HEALTH EPIDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4069.965" dur="5.072">WHAT WE ARE DOING TO, AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4071.967" dur="5.038">EXPERTS SAY, FLATTEN THE CURVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4073.869" dur="4.638">TO STOP THE SPREAD, TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4075.137" dur="4.905">THE RESOURCES, THE TESTS, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4077.105" dur="5.272">PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4078.607" dur="5.506">NEED TO OUR STATES TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4080.142" dur="6.473">THAT THEY CAN FIGHT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4082.477" dur="5.773">INVISIBLE VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4084.213" dur="6.072">WHAT WE CAN BE DOING TO GIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4086.715" dur="4.738">THEM THE TOOLS, THE SKILLS THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4088.35" dur="5.339">NEED FOR THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4090.385" dur="5.172">OUR FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4091.553" dur="5.072">PROVIDERS, THE DOCTORS, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4093.789" dur="3.603">NURSES, THE CLERICAL STAFF, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4095.657" dur="3.27">JANITORS, THE CLASSIFIED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4096.725" dur="3.47">WORKERS, ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4097.492" dur="4.105">HAVE BEEN SO HEROIC TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4099.028" dur="4.17">HEALTH CARE TO OUR PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4100.295" dur="4.438">THAT'S PHASE ONE, MAKING SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4101.697" dur="4.838">THAT WE STOP THIS EPIDEMIC AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4103.298" dur="5.172">ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4104.833" dur="5.039">AMERICAN PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4106.635" dur="4.938">PRONG TWO OF THIS THREE-PRONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4108.57" dur="4.405">APPROACH IS ABOUT MAKING SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4109.972" dur="4.371">THAT WE PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4111.673" dur="4.538">IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, PEOPLE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4113.075" dur="4.671">ARE TERRIFIED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4114.443" dur="5.205">TO THEIR JOB, HOW THEY'RE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4116.311" dur="4.972">TO MAKE ENDS MEET, WHAT THEY'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4117.846" dur="4.772">GOING TO DO TO PUT FOOD ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4119.748" dur="4.138">TABLE, HOW THEY ARE GOING TO PAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4121.383" dur="5.405">THEIR RENT, HOW THEY ARE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4122.718" dur="5.138">TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE, WILL THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4123.986" dur="4.237">HAVE A RESTAURANT TO GO BACK TO?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4126.888" dur="2.403">THAT'S PRONG TWO OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4127.956" dur="2.636">APPROACH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4128.323" dur="3.771">PRONG THREE OF COURSE IS TO GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4129.391" dur="4.671">OUR BUSINESSES UP AND RUNNING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4130.692" dur="4.905">AGAIN TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4132.194" dur="5.138">THIS HEALTH EPIDEMIC IS OVER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4134.162" dur="5.573">THIS HEALTH EMERGENCY IS OVER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4135.697" dur="4.305">WE CAN MAKE SURE WE HAVE AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4137.432" dur="4.071">ECONOMY THAT SNAPS BACK AND RUNS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4139.835" dur="3.036">STRONG.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4140.102" dur="3.904">AND WE WILL DO THAT BECAUSE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4141.603" dur="4.305">AS A COUNTRY WILL RISE TOGETHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4142.971" dur="4.672">WE WILL DO IT UNITED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4144.106" dur="5.872">WE WILL DO IT BECAUSE WE IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4146.008" dur="5.472">COUNTRY KNOW HOW TO OVERCOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4147.743" dur="5.672">GREAT CHALLENGES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4150.078" dur="4.638">AND WE'RE TAKING THESE MEASURES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4151.58" dur="4.905">TO QUARANTINE AND SELF-ISOLATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4153.515" dur="4.405">NOT BECAUSE WE ARE FEARFUL OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4154.816" dur="4.305">THE VIRUS, NOT BECAUSE WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4156.585" dur="3.604">AFRAID OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4158.02" dur="3.37">DON'T, BUT WE'RE DOING IT OUT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4159.221" dur="4.137">LOVE FOR EACH OTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4160.289" dur="4.905">WE'RE DOING IT OUT OF LOVE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4161.49" dur="4.571">OUR NEIGHBORS AND OUR COMMUNITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4163.458" dur="4.105">AND OUR PARENTS AND OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4165.294" dur="3.47">GRANDPARENTS AND OUR CHILDREN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4166.161" dur="3.637">WE TAKE THE GUIDANCES OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4167.663" dur="4.104">HEALTH EXPERTS AND THE PUBLIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4168.864" dur="5.339">POLICY EXPERTS SERIOUSLY BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4169.898" dur="7.174">WE WANT TO SHARE THAT LOVE WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4171.867" dur="6.373">PEOPLE TO STOP THE SPREAD SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4174.303" dur="4.404">THAT WE CAN AVOID THE SURGE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4177.172" dur="2.703">CAN OVERWHELM OUR HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4178.34" dur="3.67">SYSTEMS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4178.807" dur="4.171">BECAUSE WE KNOW UNDER THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4179.975" dur="4.972">BEST-CASE SCENARIOS, BEST-CASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4182.11" dur="4.905">SCENARIOS, WE'RE LOOKING AT A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4183.078" dur="6.206">SITUATION THAT COULD UTILIZE 95%</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4185.047" dur="6.673">OF EVERY HOSPITAL BED IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4187.115" dur="6.373">COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4189.384" dur="6.607">FOR THE NEXT YEAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4191.82" dur="6.774">WE DO THIS OUT OF LOVE FOR EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4193.588" dur="6.874">OTHER AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4196.091" dur="6.974">TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4198.694" dur="7.34">IN COLORADO RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4200.562" dur="7.341">ROUGHLY A THOUSAND-PLUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4203.165" dur="6.306">CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4206.134" dur="5.372">WE HAVE LOST 12, PERHAPS MORE BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4208.003" dur="5.973">THE TIME I'M GIVING THIS SPEECH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4209.571" dur="5.439">TODAY IN COLORADO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4211.606" dur="4.839">THESE LIVES, THOSE WHO HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4214.076" dur="2.602">TESTED POSITIVE, THEIR LOVED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4215.11" dur="2.402">ONES ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4216.545" dur="4.504">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4216.779" dur="4.637">THE GOVERNOR OF COLORADO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4217.612" dur="5.206">OBVIOUSLY ISSUING THE EMERGENCY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4221.149" dur="2.77">DECLARATIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4221.516" dur="3.704">I JUST SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4222.918" dur="3.337">FEW MINUTES AGO TO TALK ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4224.019" dur="2.503">HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4225.32" dur="2.969">THE RESOURCES THAT COLORADO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4226.355" dur="3.937">NEEDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4226.622" dur="7.04">OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4235.063" dur="6.44">OUR NATION IS UNEASY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4236.598" dur="7.407">OUR FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4239.468" dur="7.674">AND THE LEVEL OF ANXIETY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4241.603" dur="8.208">OUR COUNTRY FACES IS THE HIGHEST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4244.105" dur="7.175">I HAVE EVER SEEN IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4247.242" dur="5.539">BUT WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4249.911" dur="4.405">UNEASINESS ABOUT OUR FUTURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4251.38" dur="5.105">BECAUSE WE WILL RISE TOGETHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4252.881" dur="6.039">WE WILL COME TOGETHER AS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4254.416" dur="6.94">NATION TO OVERCOME THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4256.585" dur="7.274">WE KNOW THAT OUR FUTURE -- THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4259.02" dur="8.042">FUTURE OF THIS NATION WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4261.456" dur="7.107">PROSPEROUS AGAIN, THAT OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4263.959" dur="7.474">ECONOMY WILL BE THRIVING AGAIN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4267.162" dur="7.007">THAT OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4268.663" dur="6.774">ABLE TO CELEBRATE WHAT WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4271.533" dur="4.838">OVERCOME BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4274.269" dur="3.604">DO IN THIS GREAT NATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4275.537" dur="6.039">WE RISE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4276.471" dur="6.874">WE RISE TOGETHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4277.973" dur="6.873">WE STAND TOGETHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4281.676" dur="5.139">COLORADANS HAVE STEPPED UP IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4283.445" dur="4.171">EVERY WAY POSSIBLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4284.946" dur="4.372">IN A UNIQUELY COLORADO WAY, YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4286.915" dur="3.17">HAVE HEMP BUSINESSES THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4287.716" dur="4.737">NOW PRODUCING COTTON SWABS FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4289.418" dur="4.537">MEDICAL NEEDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4290.185" dur="4.805">YOU HAVE WHISKEY DISTILLERIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4292.554" dur="3.604">THAT ARE PRODUCING HAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4294.055" dur="4.171">SANITIZERS FOR HOSPITALS, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4295.09" dur="4.771">HOME HEALTH CARE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4296.258" dur="6.339">WE HAVE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4298.326" dur="6.674">THAT'S BEING DONATED BY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4299.961" dur="6.107">DENVER BRONCOS AND BY MARIJUANA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4302.697" dur="5.272">INDUSTRY AND BY SO MANY OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4305.1" dur="6.473">BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4306.168" dur="7.274">COLORADO WHO ARE STEPPING UP IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4308.069" dur="5.707">WAYS THAT MAKE ALL OF US PROUD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4311.673" dur="3.303">THEY'RE CHECKING ON THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4313.542" dur="2.002">NEIGHBORS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4313.876" dur="4.103">THEY'RE CHECKING ON THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4315.076" dur="4.872">FRIENDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4315.644" dur="7.541">THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT ELDERLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4318.079" dur="7.408">PEOPLE IN THEIR CHURCH THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4320.048" dur="10.611">HAVE MET ARE OKAY, MAKING SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4323.285" dur="8.675">THAT WE CHECK IN WITH OUR LOVED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4325.587" dur="7.541">ONES AND THOSE AROUND US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4330.759" dur="3.67">WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4332.06" dur="3.704">SUCCESSFUL TESTS UPPED AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4333.228" dur="3.637">RUNNING IN DIFFERENT PLACES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4334.529" dur="3.737">ACROSS COLORADO, HELPING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4335.864" dur="4.838">DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4336.965" dur="4.538">DIFFERENT HEALTH CARE FACILITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4338.366" dur="5.639">FIND NEW WAYS TO PROCESS THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4340.802" dur="4.505">OVERWHELMING BURDEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4341.603" dur="5.339">AND AS THIS PLACE HAS PASSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4344.105" dur="4.372">PHASE ONE THAT GAVE MILLIONS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4345.407" dur="5.572">DOLLARS TO THE STATE OF COLORADO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4347.042" dur="4.671">AND SO MANY STATES AROUND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4348.577" dur="4.604">COUNTRY, AS WE PASSED PHASE TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4351.079" dur="4.671">WHICH PREPARES ADDITIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4351.813" dur="5.472">TESTING AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4355.85" dur="6.474">CHALLENGE, WE NOW TURN TO PHASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4357.385" dur="7.975">THREE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4361.056" dur="6.54">PHASE THREE ADDRESSES ALL THREE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4365.46" dur="5.94">IT ADDRESSES HEALTH EMERGENCY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4367.696" dur="6.206">ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4369.798" dur="5.705">ADDRESSES THE ABILITY FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4371.5" dur="5.272">ECONOMY TO SNAP BACK WHAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4374.002" dur="5.839">ADDRESS THIS HEALTH EMERGENCY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4375.603" dur="5.907">IT SHEEDZ TO PASS NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4376.872" dur="7.474">IT SHOULD HAVE PASSED DAYS AGO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4379.941" dur="6.64">I DON'T THINK THE AMERICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4381.61" dur="8.608">PEOPLE GIVE A HOOT IF IT WAS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4384.446" dur="9.443">REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT IDEA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4386.681" dur="9.21">I CAN TELL YOU WITH MY TELETOWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4390.318" dur="8.609">HALLS, NO ONE SAID, WE HOPE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4393.989" dur="5.205">REPUBLICAN-ONLY VERSION PASSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4395.991" dur="4.338">OR THE DEMOCRAT VERSION-ONLY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4399.294" dur="3.37">THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4400.429" dur="2.902">THEY ARE SAYING DO YOUR JOB</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4401.83" dur="3.337">BECAUSE WE'RE SCARED ABOUT WHAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4402.764" dur="3.937">HAPPENS NEXT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4403.431" dur="4.538">PASS THE RELIEF THAT WE NEED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4405.267" dur="4.471">GET THEM BACK ON THEIR FEET TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4406.801" dur="4.705">MAKE SURE WE KNOW THEY'LL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4408.07" dur="6.172">ABLE TO HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4409.838" dur="7.808">TO PAY RENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4411.606" dur="8.843">I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT SOMEBODY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4414.342" dur="8.909">WHO BUILT FOR 50 YEARS AS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4417.746" dur="7.874">SMALL BUSINESS BE GOING THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4420.549" dur="6.84">EVERY HOUR WE DELAY WONDERING IF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4423.351" dur="5.005">THAT 50-YEAR DREAM IS GOING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4425.72" dur="4.538">STAND AND SURVIVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4427.489" dur="4.805">SHAME ON THE PEOPLE AROUND HERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4428.456" dur="6.807">WHO SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4430.358" dur="7.441">HAVE ONE MORE DAY OF DELAY, ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4432.394" dur="6.873">MORE HOUR OF DELAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4435.363" dur="5.339">BECAUSE A REPUBLICAN COULD GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4437.899" dur="5.539">THEIR WAY OR A DEMOCRAT COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4439.367" dur="5.84">GET THEIR WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4440.802" dur="6.173">WHEN I WAS AT HOME NOT ONCE DID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4443.538" dur="7.508">I HEAR ANYBODY SAY, COULD YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4445.307" dur="8.141">STALL A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4447.075" dur="7.741">PARTISAN PURPOSES?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4451.146" dur="5.372">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RISING</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4454.916" dur="4.838">THEY ARE MEETING THIS CHALLENGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4456.618" dur="5.406">IN THE SPIRIT THAT I HEAR IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4458.82" dur="4.738">EVERY CONVERSATION I HAVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4459.854" dur="5.473">THEY ARE DONATING BLOOD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4462.124" dur="4.604">THEY ARE SHARING THAT LOVE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4463.658" dur="4.738">I TALKED ABOUT WITH THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4465.427" dur="4.604">NEIGHBORS, THEIR COMMUNITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4466.829" dur="5.938">THEY ARE FIGURING OUT NEW WAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4468.496" dur="5.873">TO BE TOGETHER EVEN WHEN WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4470.131" dur="5.406">SUPPOSED TO STAND APART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4472.867" dur="4.438">THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4474.469" dur="5.739">ARE DOING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4475.637" dur="5.472">AND WE'RE BICKERING ABOUT PHASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4477.405" dur="5.306">THREE AND WE'LL HAVE PHASE FOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4480.308" dur="4.872">AND PHASE FIVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4481.209" dur="5.139">YOU KNOW WHAT WE'VE DONE INSTEAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4482.811" dur="5.138">OF PATTING OURSELVES ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4485.28" dur="4.071">BACK, YOU KNOW WHAT WE'VE DONE?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4486.448" dur="5.238">WE MANAGED TO GET BACK, I HOPE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4488.049" dur="5.372">TO THE STARTING LINE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4489.451" dur="6.206">WE DIDN'T RUN THROUGH THE TAPE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4491.786" dur="5.339">WE HAVEN'T FINISHED THE JOB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4493.521" dur="5.606">WE'VE MADE IT, I HOPE, TO A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4495.757" dur="7.04">PLACE WHERE WE CAN NOW KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4497.225" dur="8.142">WE'RE BACK AT THE LINE AND WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4499.227" dur="7.574">CAN RUN TOGETHER TO FIX WHAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4502.897" dur="4.171">WILL BE TREMENDOUS NEEDS AND TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4505.467" dur="3.57">ADDRESS TREMENDOUS NEEDS OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4506.901" dur="5.473">COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4507.168" dur="5.506">TO ANSWER THE ANXIETY THAT EVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4509.137" dur="5.973">SINGLE ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4512.474" dur="3.57">HAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4512.774" dur="6.173">THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4515.21" dur="6.907">THAT'S WHAT THAT CONGRESS MUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4516.144" dur="7.04">DO, AND I AM GLAD AND I'LL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4519.047" dur="5.772">PROUD TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4522.217" dur="4.171">TODAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4523.284" dur="6.14">THIS JOB DONE AND THERE'S MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4524.919" dur="5.806">WORK TO DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4526.488" dur="5.472">WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4529.524" dur="5.839">UNDERSTAND THE RECOVERY BENEFITS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4530.825" dur="8.843">THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4532.06" dur="10.177">RECEIVING WILL HELP ANSWER THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4535.463" dur="8.209">ANXIETY TO HOPEFULLY GIVE THEM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4539.768" dur="5.205">HOPE THAT THE NEW CATEGORIES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4542.337" dur="4.438">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4543.772" dur="4.638">BEEN CEDE UNDER THIS WILL ALSO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4545.073" dur="4.538">GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO KNOW IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4546.875" dur="4.538">IS GOING TO BE OKAY, TO KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4548.51" dur="4.271">THAT THE SMALL BUSINESS LOANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4549.711" dur="3.637">THAT ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4551.513" dur="4.504">WILL HELP THAT RESTAURANT STAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4552.881" dur="4.337">IN BUSINESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4553.448" dur="5.472">I TALKED TO EVE IN AURORA, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4556.117" dur="4.605">SHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW SHE WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4557.318" dur="5.74">GOING TO SURVIVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4559.02" dur="5.739">SHE CONVERTED HER WHOLE BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4560.822" dur="9.343">TO TAKEOUT, BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4563.158" dur="7.908">HOW SUCCESSFUL THAT WOULD BE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4564.859" dur="7.775">TO ROBERTA IN PLEBO WHO HAD THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4570.265" dur="4.17">SAME QUESTIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4571.166" dur="4.171">THIS WILL HELP PEOPLE TO BRING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4572.734" dur="3.971">PEOPLE BACK ON PAYROLL THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4574.535" dur="4.939">LET GO BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4575.437" dur="6.94">HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4576.805" dur="8.875">TO PAY THEIR UTILITIES, TO PAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4579.574" dur="7.908">THEIR RENT, TO HAVE THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4582.477" dur="5.672">MORTGAGES AND HAVE THAT LOAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4585.78" dur="3.57">GIVEN AND MAKE THE ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4587.582" dur="2.302">VIBRANT AGAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4588.249" dur="4.038">BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4589.45" dur="3.237">THIS COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4589.984" dur="5.039">WE DON'T LOOK BACK, WE LOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4592.387" dur="4.805">FORWARD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4592.787" dur="6.407">AND IN COLORADO WE LOOK UP TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4595.123" dur="6.84">THE GREAT MOUNTAIN HORIZON.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4597.292" dur="7.04">WE DON'T LOOK DOWN, WE LOOK UP</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="4602.063" dur="4.204">STRIVE FOR THE OPTIMISTIC NEXT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4604.432" dur="5.472">DAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4604.766" dur="5.371">THAT'S WHAT WE DO IN COLORADO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4606.367" dur="6.641">AND I KNOW THIS COUNTRY DOES THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4610.004" dur="6.54">SAME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4610.238" dur="10.911">YOU KNOW, I TALKED TO A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4613.108" dur="8.875">70-YEAR-OLD COLORADAN IN WELD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4616.644" dur="7.375">COUNTY, COLORADO WHO ON A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4621.249" dur="5.406">TELETOWN HALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4622.083" dur="6.273">YOU COULD HEAR IT IN HER VOICE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4624.119" dur="6.773">SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4626.755" dur="7.04">BECAUSE SHE WAS OLD -- OLDER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4628.456" dur="7.374">THAN THE EXPERTS SAY SHOULD BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4630.992" dur="7.841">OUT AND NOT FOLLOWING GUIDANCES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4633.895" dur="5.672">BUT SHE SAID, I CAN'T FIND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4635.93" dur="4.905">THE -- THE DISINFECTANTS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4638.933" dur="3.471">CLEANERS THAT I NEED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4639.667" dur="3.037">HOW DO I FIND THAT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4640.935" dur="4.939">SO WE WERE ABLE TO FIND HER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4642.504" dur="4.871">LEAF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4642.804" dur="5.672">AND THE GROCERY STORES STEPPED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4645.974" dur="4.071">UP AND PROVIDED SPECIAL HOURS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4647.475" dur="5.573">FOR PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4648.576" dur="4.672">AND THEY ARE DELIVERING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4650.145" dur="4.671">PEOPLE LIKE THE WOMAN I SPOKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4653.148" dur="4.471">TO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4653.348" dur="7.307">THEY ARE PROVIDING INFORMATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4654.916" dur="8.275">TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEY'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4657.719" dur="7.674">GOT CLERKS, THEY'VE GOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4660.755" dur="6.173">CASHIERS, THEY'VE GOT PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4663.291" dur="3.87">STOCKING THE SHELVES ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4665.493" dur="4.371">FRONT LINE XEEPG OUR COMMUNITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4667.028" dur="3.303">SAFE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4667.262" dur="5.205">TO ALL OF THEM -- KEEPING OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4669.964" dur="4.071">COMMUNITIES SAFE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4670.431" dur="4.472">TO ALL OF THEM, THANK YOU FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4672.567" dur="3.904">THE WORK THEY'VE BEEN DOING EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4674.135" dur="4.038">AND EVERY DAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4675.003" dur="3.97">IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4676.571" dur="4.271">THIS COUNTRY THAT WE'VE SEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4678.273" dur="4.504">GREAT CHALLENGES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4679.073" dur="5.74">I REMEMBER MY GRANDMOTHER WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4680.942" dur="4.671">PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR TALKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4682.877" dur="4.705">ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4684.913" dur="3.47">GREAT DEPRESSION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4685.713" dur="4.138">THIS COUNTRY'S BEEN THROUGH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4687.682" dur="2.636">GREAT DEPRESSION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4688.483" dur="3.57">WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THE GREAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4689.951" dur="4.938">RECESSION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4690.418" dur="7.174">WE WILL MAKE IT THROUGH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4692.153" dur="8.542">GREAT INFECTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4694.989" dur="7.074">THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS A COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4697.692" dur="6.206">THAT'S WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4700.795" dur="6.774">THE SENATE WILL APPROVE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4702.163" dur="10.277">BILL TODAY AND THE HOUSE MUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4703.998" dur="10.678">APPROVE IT WITHOUT DELAY, NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4707.669" dur="8.108">EXCUSES, NO DELAY, PASS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4712.54" dur="4.705">DOGGONE BILL NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4714.776" dur="4.071">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4715.877" dur="3.203">EXPECTED THIS FOR A LONG TIME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4717.345" dur="2.636">IT SHOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4718.947" dur="2.135">LONG.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4719.181" dur="6.739">DO YOUR JOB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4720.081" dur="8.709">DO OUR JOB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4721.182" dur="7.942">GET THIS DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4726.02" dur="7.408">WE WILL ACT OUT OF LOVE FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4728.89" dur="7.14">COMMUNITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4729.224" dur="9.242">WE WILL ACT OUT OF COMPASSION,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4733.528" dur="5.171">AND WE WILL RISE TO THE SPIRIT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4736.13" dur="4.171">THAT HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4738.566" dur="4.104">GREAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4738.8" dur="5.772">I'VE HEARD SO MANY OF MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4740.401" dur="5.973">COLLEAGUES COME TOGETHER AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4742.77" dur="5.906">TALK ABOUT WARTIME FOOTING OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4744.672" dur="5.706">THEY TALKED ABOUT HOW WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4746.474" dur="5.672">MOBILIZED IN A WAY THAT MAYBE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4748.776" dur="6.306">THE PEOPLE HAVE NEVER SEEN IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4750.478" dur="8.842">THEIR LIFETIMES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4752.246" dur="12.179">IT'S REMINDED ME, THOUGH, WHAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4755.182" dur="11.012">THOMAS PAYNE WROTE IN THE CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4759.42" dur="9.21">DURING OUR REVOLUTION, WHICH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4764.525" dur="7.408">ACTUALLY GEORGE WASHINGTON READ</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4766.294" dur="6.206">TO HIS TROOPS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4768.73" dur="9.142">AND HERE IS WHAT THOMAS PAYNE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4772.033" dur="7.508">SAID.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4772.6" dur="10.945">I CALL NOT UPON A FEW BUT UPON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4777.972" dur="6.34">ALL NOT ON THIS STATE OR THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4779.641" dur="7.174">STATE BUT ON EVERY STATE UP AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4783.645" dur="5.405">HELP US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4784.412" dur="7.007">LAY YOUR SHOULDERS TO THE WHEEL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4786.915" dur="8.241">BETTER HERE TO -- TO HAVE TOO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4789.183" dur="8.409">MUCH FORCE THAN TOO LITTLE WHEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4791.519" dur="9.843">SO GREAT AN OBJECT IS AT STAKE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4795.256" dur="10.744">LET IT BE TOLD TO THE FUTURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4797.692" dur="12.412">WORLD THAT IN THE DEPTH OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4801.462" dur="13.714">WINTER WHEN NOTHING BUT HOPE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4806.1" dur="13.114">VIRTUE COULD SURVIVE THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4810.204" dur="14.415">CITY AND COUNTRY ALARMED AT ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4815.276" dur="12.98">COMMON DANGER CAN FORTH TO MEET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4819.314" dur="16.683">AND REPULSE IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4824.719" dur="11.979">WE WERE TAUGHT IN SUNDAY SCHOOL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4828.356" dur="10.143">THAT OUR STRUGGLES LEAD TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4836.097" dur="4.738">PERSEVERANCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4836.798" dur="8.008">THAT PERSEVERANCE LEADS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4838.599" dur="7.808">CHARACTER, AND THAT CHARACTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4840.935" dur="6.307">GIVES US HOPE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4844.906" dur="4.371">WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4846.507" dur="5.206">AMERICA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4847.342" dur="9.543">WE WILL START WITH THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4849.377" dur="7.775">WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE WORK TO DO,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4851.813" dur="7.107">BUT TO MY COLLEAGUES, DO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4856.985" dur="3.703">JOBS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4857.252" dur="5.438">GET IT DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4859.02" dur="5.038">NO EXCUSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4860.788" dur="3.971">I YIELD THE FLOOR,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4862.79" dur="3.003">MR. PRESIDENT, AND NOTE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4864.158" dur="2.97">ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4864.859" dur="2.269">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE CLERK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4865.893" dur="1.235">WILL CALL THE ROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="4867.762" dur="0.601">QUORUM CALL:</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5241.602" dur="2.937">QUORUM CALL:</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5441.535" dur="3.47">A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5442.136" dur="3.203">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5442.736" dur="3.938">SENATOR FROM MARYLAND IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5445.105" dur="3.537">RECOGNIZED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5445.439" dur="3.47">A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK CONSENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5446.774" dur="4.371">THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5448.742" dur="2.703">WITH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5449.009" dur="3.137">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5451.245" dur="2.069">OBJECTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5451.545" dur="2.069">MR. CARDIN: MADAM PRESIDENT, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5452.246" dur="2.236">PEOPLE IN THIS NATION ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5453.414" dur="3.036">HURTING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5453.714" dur="4.772">WE KNOW THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5454.582" dur="5.305">THEY ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5456.583" dur="4.839">THEIR OWN HEALTH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5458.586" dur="5.272">THEY'RE WORRIED THAT THEY MAY BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5459.987" dur="7.107">CARRYING THE VIRUS AND THEY TAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5461.522" dur="6.139">IT HOME TO THEIR ELDERLY PARENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5463.958" dur="6.106">WHO COULD BE -- COME DOWN WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5467.194" dur="7.541">THE VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5467.761" dur="8.042">THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW LONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5470.164" dur="7.341">THIS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5474.835" dur="3.871">COMMUNICATING FROM HOME AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5475.903" dur="3.904">STAYING AT HOME IS GOING TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5477.605" dur="3.57">REQUIRED IN ORDER TO CONTROL THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5478.806" dur="3.437">SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5479.907" dur="4.237">THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5481.275" dur="4.504">ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES, WHETHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5482.343" dur="5.972">THEY'RE GOING TO GET A PAYCHECK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5484.244" dur="6.073">AND I AM PLEASED THAT TODAY WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5485.879" dur="7.308">HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5488.415" dur="8.109">LEADERS TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5490.417" dur="8.309">THIRD STIMULUS PACKAGE TO DEAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5493.287" dur="7.941">WITH THIS CRISIS OF COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5496.624" dur="9.075">I FIRST WANT TO EXPRESS MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5498.826" dur="7.941">APPRECIATION TO OUR LEADERSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5501.328" dur="6.74">I HAVE BEEN IN DAILY, ALMOST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5505.799" dur="4.438">HOURLY COMMUNICATION WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5506.867" dur="7.708">SENATOR SCHUMER, AND I KNOW HOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5508.168" dur="8.909">HARD HE'S WORKED TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5510.337" dur="8.075">THAT PACKAGE REALLY REACHES THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5514.675" dur="5.272">MEDICAL EMERGENCY THAT WE HAVE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5517.177" dur="5.439">THAT DEALS WITH THE WORKERS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5518.512" dur="5.772">MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5520.047" dur="6.24">PROTECTED AND THEY ARE PROTECTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5522.716" dur="5.272">AND WHATEVER WE DO THAT PROVIDES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5524.384" dur="5.439">THE HELP FOR STATE AND LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5526.387" dur="5.105">GOVERNMENTS, THAT PROVIDES THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5528.088" dur="5.339">MUCH NEEDED ATTENTION TO THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5529.923" dur="5.406">PARTICULAR ISSUES AND THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5531.592" dur="4.671">HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY ON ANY OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5533.527" dur="4.571">THE MONEYS THAT ARE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5535.429" dur="5.005">PARTICULARLY TO OUR LARGEST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5536.363" dur="4.538">COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5538.198" dur="4.004">SO I WANT TO EXPRESS MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5540.534" dur="4.304">APPRECIATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5541.001" dur="5.94">AND I AM VERY PLEASED THAT OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5542.302" dur="6.607">FIRST PRIORITY, OUR VERY FIRST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5544.938" dur="5.706">PRIORITY IS TO DEAL WITH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5547.041" dur="4.971">PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5549.009" dur="4.171">THIS IS INCLUDED IN WHAT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5550.744" dur="3.804">HAPPENING IN MY STATE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5552.112" dur="5.372">MARYLAND AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5553.281" dur="5.805">EVERY STATE IN OUR NATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5554.648" dur="6.073">SO I AM PLEASED THAT IN OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5557.584" dur="4.171">STATE IT'S TEAM MARYLAND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5559.186" dur="5.472">OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5560.821" dur="5.372">WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5561.855" dur="5.706">GOVERNOR HOGAN AND HIS CABINET,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5564.758" dur="4.572">AND WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5566.293" dur="5.005">WITH OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5567.661" dur="5.84">OUR MAYORS AND OUR PRIVATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5569.43" dur="5.372">SECTOR TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5571.398" dur="4.805">TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5573.601" dur="3.77">THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5574.902" dur="4.104">WE'VE DONE WHAT WE CAN LOCALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5576.303" dur="4.438">TO MAKE SURE TESTING IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5577.471" dur="5.139">AVAILABLE SO WE UNDERSTAND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5579.106" dur="5.005">DIMENSIONS OF THIS PROBLEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5580.841" dur="6.039">AND THE GOVERNOR HAS TAKEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5582.71" dur="5.438">EXTRAORDINARY STEPS IN ORDER TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5584.211" dur="7.407">INCREASE OUR MEDICAL CAPACITY IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5586.98" dur="6.941">THE LIKELIHOOD THAT WE'RE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5588.248" dur="7.375">TO SEE A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5591.718" dur="7.909">NUMBER OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5594.021" dur="7.04">THE CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5595.723" dur="7.44">YES, WE NEED TO STAY AT HOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5599.727" dur="8.141">UNLESS IT IS AN URGENT REASON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5601.161" dur="8.175">FOR US TO BE OUTSIDE OF HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5603.263" dur="7.641">AND I'M FREQUENTLY ASKED BY MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5607.968" dur="3.637">FRIENDS WHY DON'T WE DO AS MUCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5609.436" dur="3.704">AS WE CAN IN THE UNITED STATES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5611.004" dur="2.436">SENATE REMOTELY?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5611.705" dur="4.805">I THINK WE SHOULD, INCLUDING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5613.24" dur="5.072">VOTING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5613.54" dur="7.208">SO WE NEED TO DISTANCE OURSELVES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5616.61" dur="5.639">AND MINIMIZE SOCIAL CONTACT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5618.412" dur="6.206">ORDER TO PREVENT THE SPIKE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5620.848" dur="4.003">THIS DISEASE WHICH WOULD TEST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5622.349" dur="5.272">OUR MEDICAL CAPACITY TO HANDLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5624.718" dur="3.737">IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5624.952" dur="5.372">SO I WAS PLEASED THAT THE THIRD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5627.721" dur="4.371">SUPPLEMENTAL, THE AGREEMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5628.555" dur="6.073">THAT'S BEEN REACHED THAT WE WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5630.424" dur="5.939">VOTE ON HOPEFULLY TODAY, THAT IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5632.192" dur="6.841">DOES HAVE A SURGE IN OUR MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5634.728" dur="6.006">CAPACITY, A MARSHALL PLAN TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5636.463" dur="4.571">DEAL WITH OUR HEALTH CARE NEEDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5639.133" dur="4.104">I COULD GO THROUGH A LOT OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5640.834" dur="5.105">SPECIFICS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5641.134" dur="5.94">I THINK SOME HAVE ALREADY GONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5643.337" dur="4.971">THROUGH BUT I PARTICULARLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5646.04" dur="3.803">APPRECIATE THE FACT WE HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5647.174" dur="4.872">HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5648.408" dur="4.372">HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5649.943" dur="5.773">FACILITIES, INCLUDING CLINICS IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5652.146" dur="5.138">THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5652.88" dur="5.939">I AM PLEASED THAT THERE IS A 20%</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5655.816" dur="4.671">INCREASE IN HOSPITAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5657.384" dur="5.039">REIMBURSEMENT RATES, AND I WANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5658.919" dur="5.239">TO THANK SENATOR GRASSLEY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5660.587" dur="5.106">SENATOR WYDEN FOR INCLUDING IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5662.523" dur="5.472">THAT PROVISION A UNIQUE CLAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5664.258" dur="4.538">FOR THE MARYLAND HOSPITALS SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5665.793" dur="5.205">THAT THEY CAN BE QUALIFIED FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5668.095" dur="6.506">THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5668.896" dur="6.907">MARYLAND HAS, AS I THINK SOME OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5671.098" dur="5.872">YOU KNOW, AN ALL-PAYER RATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5674.701" dur="4.005">STRUCTURE AND WE HAD TO MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5675.903" dur="4.504">SURE THESE PROVISIONS WOULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5677.07" dur="3.604">APPLY IN MARYLAND, AND I THANK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5678.806" dur="3.003">THEM FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5680.507" dur="2.97">DETAIL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5680.774" dur="4.338">THERE'S ALSO MONEY IN HERE FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5681.909" dur="3.904">OUR HOSPITALS TO BE READY FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5683.577" dur="5.572">PREPAREDNESS WHICH I THINK IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5685.212" dur="5.171">EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5685.913" dur="7.24">AND THERE IS A SEPARATE LINE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5689.249" dur="4.772">APPROPRIATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5690.483" dur="4.305">HEALTH CENTERS AND OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5693.253" dur="3.037">FEDERALLY-QUALIFIED HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5694.121" dur="6.773">CLINICS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5694.888" dur="7.541">THAT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5696.39" dur="8.342">THEY ARE BEING STRESSED AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5700.994" dur="6.34">NEEDS ARE INCREASING AND AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5702.529" dur="5.573">COST OF TREATMENT IS INCREASING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5704.832" dur="6.439">WE NEED TO REPLENISH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5707.434" dur="5.739">NATIONAL STOCKPILE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5708.202" dur="7.274">WE KNOW THAT CONCERNS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5711.371" dur="6.207">PROTECTIVE GEAR, WE KNOW THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5713.273" dur="6.106">WE KNOW THAT VENTILATORS AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5717.678" dur="5.205">WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5722.983" dur="5.038">STOCKPILE AND AVAILABLE NOW TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5726.053" dur="4.938">COMING UNDER ANY SCENARIO SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5728.121" dur="4.271">THAT OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5729.79" dur="4.905">HAVE THE PROTECTIVE GEAR THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5731.091" dur="5.673">THEY NEED AND OUR PATIENTS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5732.492" dur="6.941">THE MEDICAL FACILITIES AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5734.795" dur="6.373">RESPIRATORS THAT THEY NEED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5736.864" dur="5.839">WE ALSO HAVE PLUSSED UP THE WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5739.533" dur="4.304">BEING DONE TO DEAL WITH THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5742.803" dur="4.838">I'M PLEASED THAT N.I.H. IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5743.937" dur="5.172">GETTING THE MONEYS THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5745.472" dur="6.54">NEED IN ORDER TO DO THE WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5747.741" dur="5.672">WE KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5749.209" dur="5.773">HAVE A VACCINE IN TIME THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5752.112" dur="4.271">YEAR, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5753.513" dur="4.772">WE GET IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5755.082" dur="4.538">AND IT'S ON A FAST TRACK AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5756.483" dur="4.738">THESE FUNDS WILL HELP US DEVELOP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5758.385" dur="3.937">THAT VACCINE FOR THE FUTURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5759.72" dur="4.938">NEEDS OF CONTROLLING THIS TYPE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5762.422" dur="5.172">BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE'RE ALSO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5764.758" dur="5.039">PUTTING RESOURCES INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5766.26" dur="3.804">THERAPEUTIC DRUGS, DRUGS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5767.694" dur="4.171">CAN HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5769.897" dur="2.936">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5770.164" dur="4.237">THOSE DRUGS ARE NOT YET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5771.965" dur="4.138">AVAILABLE, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5772.933" dur="6.24">SURE WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5774.501" dur="6.64">MAKE THEM AVAILABLE AS SOON AS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5779.273" dur="4.471">FEMA HAS BEEN BUMPED UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5781.241" dur="3.937">SUBSTANTIALLY IN THIS BILL FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5782.209" dur="3.37">GOOD REASON.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5783.844" dur="3.67">THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5785.278" dur="3.938">AGENCY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5785.679" dur="4.838">AND THAT BRINGS ME TO THE POINT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5787.614" dur="4.071">THAT IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5789.316" dur="4.805">THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5790.617" dur="5.806">LEGISLATION TO HELP OUR STATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5791.785" dur="6.273">AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5794.221" dur="5.339">THEY'RE THE FRONT LINES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5796.523" dur="4.938">PROVIDING THESE PUBLIC HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5798.158" dur="8.008">NEEDS AND WE NEED TO PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5799.66" dur="7.34">THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5801.561" dur="7.341">SO FEMA NEEDS TO BE PROPERLY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5809.002" dur="7.575">WE ALSO NEED DIRECT HELP TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5810.704" dur="8.942">LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DEAL WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5814.274" dur="7.007">THIS PROBLEM AND WE SEE THAT OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5816.677" dur="5.639">STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5819.746" dur="4.472">OFFICERS ARE GETTING EXTRA</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5822.416" dur="5.605">KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE STATUS IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5824.318" dur="4.938">IN EACH OF OUR COMMUNITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5826.653" dur="4.338">ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5828.121" dur="3.137">MARSHALL PLAN TO CONTROL THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5829.356" dur="3.203">DISEASE AND GET IT UNDER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5831.091" dur="2.903">CONTROL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5831.358" dur="4.805">BUT I WANTED TO TAKE THIS TIME</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5834.094" dur="5.238">WAS WORKING ON ON SMALL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5836.563" dur="4.638">AND I MENTION THAT RECOGNIZING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5839.432" dur="3.404">WE'VE GOT TO GET OUR ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5840.6" dur="4.038">BACK ON TRACK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5841.301" dur="6.34">THE BEST WAY TO GET OUR ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5842.936" dur="7.508">BACK ON TRACK?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5844.738" dur="7.407">GET THIS VIRUS CONTROLLED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5847.741" dur="5.939">GET PEOPLE ABLE TO GET OUT, TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5850.544" dur="5.005">WORK, AND TO BUY AND PARTICIPATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5852.245" dur="5.84">IN OUR ECONOMY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5853.78" dur="6.207">THAT'S THE BEST THING WE CAN DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5855.649" dur="7.174">BUT THIS PACKAGE ALSO RECOGNIZES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5858.185" dur="6.74">THAT UNLESS WE HELP BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5860.087" dur="8.708">AND WORKERS TODAY, WE'RE NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5862.923" dur="6.239">GOING TO BE PREPARED FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5865.025" dur="5.739">ECONOMY WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5868.895" dur="4.972">REBOUND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5869.262" dur="6.474">MY ROLE AS THE SENIOR DEMOCRAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5884.411" dur="3.57">OUR ECONOMY, AND THAT IS SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5886.213" dur="2.903">BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5886.68" dur="4.238">THERE'S MORE JOB GROWTH FOR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5889.216" dur="4.771">THERE'S MORE INNOVATION IN SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5891.018" dur="4.037">COMPANIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5891.318" dur="5.205">WE NEED TO PRESERVE THE ABILITY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5900.66" dur="4.538">THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5903.196" dur="3.971">AVAILABILITY OF CREDIT THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5905.298" dur="2.97">THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME BANKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5907.267" dur="2.369">ARRANGEMENTS THAT LARGE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5908.368" dur="2.903">THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5916.41" dur="7.807">AND THIS PACKAGE DOES THAT IN A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5922.182" dur="3.871">SO FIRST, I ALREADY MENTIONED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5924.317" dur="4.005">SENATOR RUBIO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5924.885" dur="5.038">I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5926.153" dur="5.906">THE TWO OF US WERE WORKING</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5930.023" dur="5.506">AND THAT'S WHY WE WERE PROBABLY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5935.629" dur="8.542">OF THIS PACKAGE DEALING WITH THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5941.435" dur="6.139">SENATOR SHAHEEN WAS A VALUABLE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5945.705" dur="3.738">I'VE WORKED WITH SENATOR SHAHEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5949.543" dur="5.138">SHE WAS A KEY PLAYER IN PUTTING</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5953.48" dur="3.303">HAVE TO PRESENT TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5954.781" dur="4.037">COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE UNITED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5955.715" dur="3.503">STATES SENATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5956.883" dur="4.371">I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5958.918" dur="5.673">SENATOR COLLINS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5959.319" dur="6.774">IT WAS THE FOUR OF US THAT WERE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5964.691" dur="5.873">REGULARLY THAT RECOMMEND THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5966.193" dur="4.671">PACKAGE THAT YOU WILL SHORTLY BE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5970.664" dur="4.905">BUSINESS.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="5975.669" dur="5.205">STAFF THAT HAVE WORKED LITERALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5978.438" dur="6.006">24/7.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5978.672" dur="7.474">I'VE TALKED TO THEM AT VARIOUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5980.974" dur="7.141">TIMES DURING THE NIGHT AND DAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5984.544" dur="5.206">AND IT'S BEEN VERY STRESSFUL FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5986.246" dur="5.372">ALL OF US, BUT OUR STAFFS GET NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5988.215" dur="5.672">REST WHATSOEVER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5989.85" dur="5.906">SO TO SEAN MOORE AND THE ENTIRE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5991.718" dur="5.939">STAFF ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5993.987" dur="5.205">SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THANK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5995.856" dur="4.804">YOU ON BEHALF OF AMERICA'S SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5997.757" dur="6.407">BUSINESSES AND WORKERS AND ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="5999.292" dur="6.34">BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6000.76" dur="6.607">AND TO RON STORHOFF WHO HAS BEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6004.264" dur="5.806">DOING A LOT OF THESE PROVISIONS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6015.842" dur="6.941">LAUREN JEA WHO HAS NOT ONLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6019.846" dur="4.504">HELPED US PUT TOGETHER THE SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6021.581" dur="4.371">BUSINESS PACKAGE BUT SHE'S BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6024.45" dur="4.305">HEALTH PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6026.052" dur="4.905">TRY TO GET THROUGH WHERE WE ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6028.588" dur="5.105">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6028.855" dur="6.173">ALL THAT'S REFLECTED IN THE BILL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6033.793" dur="4.238">AND I KNOW ON THE REPUBLICAN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6042.435" dur="4.939">SO LET ME GO OVER, IF I MIGHT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6044.304" dur="3.771">SOME OF THE PROVISIONS THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6045.505" dur="6.14">HAVE IN HERE FOR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6047.474" dur="6.139">BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6048.175" dur="7.741">WE HAVE THREE NEW PROGRAMS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6051.745" dur="6.173">THREE NEW PROGRAMS TO HELP SMALL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6056.016" dur="6.773">THEY'LL HAVE DIFFERENT TITLES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6058.018" dur="6.74">BUT EVERY ONE OF THEM PROVIDE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6062.889" dur="5.573">I'M GOING TO REPEAT THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6064.858" dur="5.439">YOU MIGHT HEAR THIS IS A LOAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6066.426" dur="5.873">NO, THESE ARE GOING TO BE FUNDS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6072.399" dur="4.271">THESE ARE GRANT MONEY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6074.601" dur="3.47">WHY?</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6080.14" dur="4.471">GOING TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6082.409" dur="4.938">WE'VE GOT TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6085.679" dur="5.839">IT'S GOT TO BE SUBSTANTIAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6087.447" dur="8.308">AND IT'S GOT TO BE IN A WAY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6089.349" dur="7.474">THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT INCUP</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6095.855" dur="2.97">INCUMBERING THEIR FUTURE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6096.923" dur="3.103">WE'VE GOT TO GET THAT MESSAGE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6098.926" dur="3.069">THIS IS GOING TO BE IMMEDIATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6100.126" dur="6.207">HELP TO HELP AMERICA'S SMALL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6102.095" dur="11.779">ONE PROGRAM PROVIDES $350</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6117.944" dur="7.107">IT IS TRIGGERED BY GOING TO YOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6120.614" dur="4.67">FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6121.448" dur="4.805">GETTING WHAT'S KNOWN AS A 7-A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6125.385" dur="3.904">LET ME CAUTION YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6126.353" dur="7.34">IT'S GOING TO BE FORGIVEN IF YOU</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6129.389" dur="9.243">BUT YOU GO TO A BANK, A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6134.561" dur="6.873">YOU DO A 7-A LOAN, A HUNDRED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6138.732" dur="3.904">PERCENT GUARANTEED BY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6140.033" dur="4.771">GOVERNMENT SO THE BANK HAS NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6141.534" dur="3.871">RISK FACTOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6142.736" dur="3.837">THERE ARE NO PAYMENTS DUE FOR A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6144.904" dur="3.437">YEAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6145.505" dur="4.705">EVEN GETTING INTO THIS LOAN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6146.673" dur="3.837">THERE ARE NO OBLIGATIONS FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6148.441" dur="4.805">CASH OUTLAYS ON BEHALF OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6150.31" dur="3.871">BORROWER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6150.61" dur="5.339">THE FEES HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6153.346" dur="4.204">BEEN WAIVED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6154.281" dur="5.171">SO THIS IS A COST-FREE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6156.049" dur="4.404">OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE CASH YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6157.65" dur="5.64">NEED TO KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6159.552" dur="6.874">OPEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6160.553" dur="9.343">THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6163.39" dur="8.341">PROGRAM UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6166.526" dur="6.607">ADMINISTRATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6169.996" dur="4.939">THE AMOUNT OF THE LOAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6171.831" dur="5.84">YOU TAKE YOUR AVERAGE PAYROLL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6173.233" dur="7.574">BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS WAS HERE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6175.035" dur="7.707">AND YOU TAKE YOUR MONTHLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6177.771" dur="5.972">AVERAGE PAYROLL AND MULTIPLY IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6180.907" dur="5.472">BY 2.5.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6182.842" dur="7.108">BASICALLY, WHAT YOU'RE GETTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6183.843" dur="8.642">IS TWO MONTHS OF PAYROLL FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6186.479" dur="7.408">YOUR WORKERS, PLUS AN EXTRA --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6190.05" dur="5.472">IT COMES OUT TO AN EXTRA 25% OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6192.585" dur="5.106">YOUR PAYROLL BECAUSE IT'S TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6193.987" dur="5.072">MONTHS OF THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6195.622" dur="9.61">NOW, WHAT ELIGIBLE EXPENSES --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6197.791" dur="8.208">WHAT CAN YOU USE THIS FOR?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6199.159" dur="8.642">WELL, YOU CAN USE THE TWO MONTHS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6205.332" dur="3.47">FOR PAYROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6206.099" dur="4.037">PAY YOUR WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6207.901" dur="3.37">KEEP THEM EMPLOYED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6208.902" dur="3.303">IT SAVES YOU THE COST OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6210.236" dur="3.27">REHIRING IF YOU HAD TO FURLOUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6211.371" dur="3.971">OR LAY OFF WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6212.305" dur="5.005">YOU CAN KEEP THEM EMPLOYED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6213.606" dur="6.307">YOU CAN USE THE EXTRA FUNDS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6215.442" dur="5.272">COVER THEIR EXPENSES THAT YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6217.41" dur="7.174">HAVE ON THEIR HEALTH CARE OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6220.013" dur="7.574">HELD EXPENSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6220.814" dur="9.509">YOU CAN USE THE EXTRA 25% FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6224.684" dur="7.207">RENTS OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6227.687" dur="5.105">UTILITY BILLS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6230.423" dur="7.041">SO IT GIVES YOU A CASH TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6231.991" dur="7.408">CONDUCT YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6232.892" dur="8.008">NEXT TWO MONTHS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6237.564" dur="6.406">IT GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO KEEP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6239.499" dur="4.771">AFLOAT SO THAT YOU'RE READY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6241" dur="5.273">REBOUND WHEN THE ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6244.07" dur="7.04">REBOUNDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6244.37" dur="9.61">WHO IS ELIGIBLE?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6246.373" dur="7.941">COMPANIES UNDER 500, BUT WE WENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6251.21" dur="5.506">BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL 7-A'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6254.08" dur="3.871">ELIGIBILITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6254.414" dur="4.605">WE ARE ALSO ALLOWING NONPROFITS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6256.816" dur="5.072">TO BE ABLE TO GET INTO THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6258.051" dur="5.439">PROGRAM SO THAT THEY WILL ALSO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6259.119" dur="6.239">BE ABLE TO STAY AFLOAT, BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6261.988" dur="5.839">WE KNOW THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6263.59" dur="6.506">NONPROFITS DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6265.458" dur="7.308">THEY ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6267.927" dur="6.507">WE GAVE SOME RELAXATION TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6270.196" dur="7.374">500 RULE FOR LOCATIONS THAT WERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6272.866" dur="6.973">FOR RESTAURANTS OR HOTELS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6274.534" dur="7.407">HAVE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6277.67" dur="5.473">THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT'S AIMED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6279.939" dur="6.207">AT KEEPING BUSINESSES OPEN AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6282.041" dur="6.107">READY, SMALL BUSINESSES FOR WHEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6283.243" dur="7.574">WE GET THROUGH THIS CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6286.246" dur="5.806">AND THEN THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6288.248" dur="6.373">THAT YOU BORROWED IS TOTALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6290.917" dur="5.472">FORGIVEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6292.152" dur="5.438">TOTALLY FORGIVEN IF YOU MAINTAIN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6294.721" dur="6.873">YOUR WORKFORCE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6296.489" dur="7.007">PRE-CORONAVIRUS LEVEL OR BRING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6297.69" dur="7.441">BACK YOUR WORKFORCE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6301.694" dur="4.438">PRE-CORONAVIRUS LEVEL DURING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6303.596" dur="4.872">STATED PERIOD OF TIME OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6305.231" dur="5.306">BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6306.232" dur="6.107">SO IF YOU KEEP YOUR WORK FORCE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6308.568" dur="5.205">BRING BACK YOUR WORK FORCE, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6310.637" dur="4.705">GOVERNMENT'S GOING TO HELP YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6312.439" dur="5.171">MAINTAIN YOUR ABILITY AND MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6313.873" dur="5.539">SURE YOUR WORKERS GET PAID AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6315.442" dur="5.672">THEIR BENEFITS ARE MAINTAINED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6317.71" dur="5.473">IT WORKS VERY WELL WITH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6319.512" dur="5.406">OTHER PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6321.214" dur="5.706">OTHER PARTS OF THIS BILL SUCH AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6323.283" dur="5.339">THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6325.018" dur="4.905">BENEFITS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6327.02" dur="3.97">YES, IF YOU FURLOUGH WORKERS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6328.722" dur="3.937">CAN YOU COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6330.023" dur="3.67">BENEFITS AT BASICALLY FULL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6331.09" dur="3.237">SALARY FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6332.759" dur="2.869">SO THAT'S ALSO AVAILABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6333.793" dur="5.673">SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6334.427" dur="6.34">BUT WE WANT YOU TO ALSO KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6335.728" dur="6.94">THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6339.566" dur="11.745">EMPLOYED, THERE, READY FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6340.867" dur="11.278">BUSINESS TO REBOUND, AS WE HOPE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6342.768" dur="10.278">IT WILL SHORTLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6351.411" dur="1.935">THAT'S JUST ONE PROGRAM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6352.245" dur="2.436">WE HAVE OTHER PROGRAMS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6353.146" dur="4.804">AVAILABLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6353.446" dur="8.108">WE HAVE A NEW PROGRAM WHICH IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6354.781" dur="8.742">LABELED AS A GRANT, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6358.05" dur="11.612">$10 BILLION GRANT PROGRAM FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6361.654" dur="9.343">EMERGENCY CASH AVAILABILITY FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6363.623" dur="9.409">SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6369.762" dur="4.238">THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6371.097" dur="3.804">HARD TIME GOING TO A BANK AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6373.132" dur="2.903">GETTING A COMMERCIAL LOAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6374.1" dur="3.003">THERE ARE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6375.001" dur="3.904">THAT NEED CASH TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6376.135" dur="4.305">THEY CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT PROCESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6377.203" dur="3.971">TO WORK ITS WAY THROUGH TO GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6379.005" dur="3.504">THAT CHECK FROM THE SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6380.54" dur="2.336">BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6381.274" dur="3.003">ONE OF THEIR FINANCIAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6382.609" dur="3.77">INSTITUTIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6382.976" dur="5.338">IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6384.377" dur="6.94">LONGER FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6386.479" dur="7.174">GET THAT DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6388.414" dur="5.606">SO WE HAVE EMERGENCY DISASTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6391.417" dur="6.674">RELIEF LOANS IN THE FIRST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6393.753" dur="6.707">SUPPLEMENTAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6394.12" dur="8.509">WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6398.191" dur="6.673">BUSINESSES QUALIFY FOR EMERGENCY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6400.56" dur="5.973">DISASTER RELIEF LOANS IF THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6402.729" dur="5.806">HAVE BEEN ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6404.964" dur="6.34">THE CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6406.633" dur="5.071">THESE ARE DIRECT LOANS COMING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6408.635" dur="5.071">OUT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6411.404" dur="3.67">ADMINISTRATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6411.804" dur="5.306">THESE ARE NOT LOANS THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6413.806" dur="4.104">FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6415.175" dur="4.838">WE HAVE INCLUDED THAT IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6417.21" dur="4.204">FIRST SUPPLEMENTAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6418.011" dur="5.238">WE HAVE NOW -- WE NOW ALLOW YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6420.113" dur="5.572">TO MAKE THAT APPLICATION AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6421.514" dur="5.906">WITH THAT APPLICATION IF YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6423.349" dur="7.675">NEED TO GET CASH IMMEDIATELY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6425.785" dur="7.307">THE S.B.A. CAN WRITE YOU A CHECK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6427.52" dur="6.14">FOR UP TO $10,000.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6431.124" dur="4.338">AND WE WANT THAT DONE WITHIN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6433.192" dur="2.837">THREE DAYS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6433.76" dur="4.07">WE WANT THAT MONEY OUT IN DAYS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6435.562" dur="3.003">NOT WEEKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6436.129" dur="5.038">WE HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6437.93" dur="5.706">SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6438.665" dur="6.973">WE NEED HELP NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6441.267" dur="6.106">WELL, THIS PROGRAM -- AND I WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6443.736" dur="5.873">PLEASED TO WORK ON THIS PROGRAM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6445.738" dur="7.208">I FILED LEGISLATION ON IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6447.473" dur="7.174">THIS IS A NEED THAT'S OUT THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6449.709" dur="6.707">TODAY AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6453.046" dur="5.505">SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6454.747" dur="6.907">NOW, WE HAVE A THIRD PROGRAM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6456.516" dur="6.139">THAT'S TWO PROGRAMS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6458.651" dur="6.24">YOU CAN GET THIS BASICALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6461.754" dur="4.772">TWO-MONTH HELP FROM THE FEDERAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6462.755" dur="6.007">GOVERNMENT TO PAY YOUR PAYROLL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6464.991" dur="6.273">AND RELATED EXPENSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6466.626" dur="6.807">YOU CAN GET A $10,000 IMMEDIATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6468.862" dur="6.673">CASH ADVANCEMENT ON THAT THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6471.364" dur="5.739">APPLYING FOR DISASTER RELIEF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6473.533" dur="3.837">LOAN AND SHOWING A NEED AT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6475.635" dur="2.736">STAGE, AND THEN THERE IS A THIRD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6477.203" dur="3.871">PROGRAM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6477.47" dur="4.738">THERE ARE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6478.471" dur="4.271">TODAY THAT HAVE EXISTING LOANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6481.174" dur="4.404">UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6482.308" dur="3.804">ADMINISTRATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6482.842" dur="5.639">THESE ARE 7-A LOANS OR 504</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6485.678" dur="4.371">LOANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6486.212" dur="9.009">7-A IS THE TRADITIONAL LOPE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6488.581" dur="8.575">504 ARE THE LARGER LOANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6490.149" dur="10.578">WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS PROVIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6495.321" dur="8.342">$17 BILLION OF RELIEF SO THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6497.256" dur="8.075">WHO HAD THESE EXISTING LOANS DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6500.827" dur="7.274">NOT NEED TO MAKE ANY PAYMENTS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6503.763" dur="6.44">THOSE LOANS, THEY'RE FORGIVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6505.431" dur="6.307">FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6508.201" dur="4.004">I PARTICULARLY WANT TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6510.303" dur="3.47">ACKNOWLEDGE SENATOR COONS' WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6511.838" dur="3.77">ON THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6512.305" dur="4.338">THIS IS A BILL THAT WE HAVE BEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6513.873" dur="4.672">WORKING ON AND IS ONLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6515.708" dur="3.07">REASONABLE TO RELIEF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6516.743" dur="3.303">WE ARE ASKING OTHERS TO RELIEF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6518.645" dur="6.205">DEBT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6518.879" dur="6.305">LET US DO IT FOR OUR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6520.146" dur="6.273">BUSINESSES UNDER THE 7-A AND 504</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6524.95" dur="2.77">PROGRAMS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6525.284" dur="3.37">SO YOU SEE, MR. PRESIDENT, THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6526.519" dur="4.438">ARE A LOT OF PROVISIONS HERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6527.82" dur="4.638">THAT HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6528.755" dur="5.572">I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6531.057" dur="4.505">ARE OTHERS IN ADDITION TO THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6532.558" dur="4.338">THREE I JUST MENTIONED, I'M</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6534.427" dur="9.343">PLEASED THAT WE DO HAVE CONTRACT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6535.662" dur="10.61">PROTECTION IN THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6536.996" dur="10.377">LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6543.87" dur="4.404">THIS APPLIES TO ALL BUSINESSES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6546.372" dur="3.17">NOT JUST SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6547.473" dur="3.737">BUT SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6548.374" dur="4.805">PARTICULARLY IMPACTED BY IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6549.642" dur="5.072">BUT YOU CAN'T PERFORM THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6551.31" dur="4.538">GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BECAUSE YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6553.279" dur="3.904">CAN'T GET ACCESS TO THE FACILITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6554.814" dur="3.67">BECAUSE IT'S SHUTTERED AS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6555.948" dur="4.238">RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6557.283" dur="5.372">THIS BILL ALLOWS YOU, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6558.584" dur="6.24">FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6560.286" dur="6.006">YOU HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6562.755" dur="4.772">AVAILABLE TO PAY YOUR WORKERS SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6564.924" dur="4.371">THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6566.392" dur="10.611">SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORKING AT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6567.627" dur="11.445">FEDERAL FACILITY WILL GET PAID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6569.395" dur="10.911">DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6577.103" dur="3.47">WE ALSO PROVIDE MONEY IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6579.172" dur="3.17">MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6580.406" dur="2.403">CENTERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6580.673" dur="3.304">THEY ARE THERE IN OUR COMMUNITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6582.442" dur="2.469">WHY?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6582.909" dur="4.137">BECAUSE WE HAVE TO GET THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6584.077" dur="4.971">MESSAGE OUT TO SMALL BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6585.011" dur="5.372">ABOUT THESE NEW TOOLS, HOW WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6587.146" dur="4.171">CAN ACCESS BANKS TO GET THE 7-A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6589.148" dur="4.138">LOANS THAT ARE FORGIVEN THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6590.483" dur="3.57">ACTUALLY GRANTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6591.417" dur="3.871">HOW THEY CAN APPLY TO THE SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6593.386" dur="2.936">BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6594.153" dur="4.772">DISASTER RELIEF LOANS AND GET A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6595.388" dur="5.939">CASH ADVANCEMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6596.423" dur="6.172">HOW THEY CAN GET RELIEF FROM THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6599.025" dur="7.207">CURRENT 7-A AND 504 LOANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6601.427" dur="5.94">SO WE GIVE MONEY TO THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6602.695" dur="7.174">INSTITUTIONS SO THAT THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6606.332" dur="5.873">ENTREPRENEUR SERVICE GROUPS SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6607.467" dur="5.071">THEY CAN HELP WOMEN BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6609.969" dur="3.837">AND MINORITY BUSINESSES GET</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6612.638" dur="7.341">I MUST TELL YOU,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6613.906" dur="7.074">MADAM PRESIDENT, WE HAVE ALSO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6615.508" dur="8.342">PUT A CLEAR INTENT THAT WE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6623.95" dur="6.106">BUSINESSES IN ALL COMMUNITIES SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6625.952" dur="6.006">THAT ALL COMMUNITIES CAN BENEFIT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6627.587" dur="5.906">FROM THIS LEGISLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6630.156" dur="4.838">WE HAVE INCREASED THE SIZE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6632.058" dur="5.872">EXPRESS LOANS UNDER THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6633.593" dur="6.64">AND I JUST WANT TO COMPLIMENT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6640.667" dur="4.137">I WAS VERY PLEASED TO WORK WITH</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6643.202" dur="9.677">THE TWO OF US WORKED ON WHAT'S</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6646.839" dur="11.345">WHICH ALLOWS COMPANIES TO BRING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6652.979" dur="7.14">THE FURLOUGHED WORKERS BACK AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6660.219" dur="4.371">CREDIT IN ORDER TO BRING BACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6661.587" dur="4.405">THOSE WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6662.388" dur="6.106">WELL, FOR SOME SMALL BUSINESSES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6664.69" dur="6.674">THAT MAY BE A BETTER OPTION THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6666.092" dur="11.512">WHAT I HAVE OUTLINED BEFORE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6668.594" dur="9.81">REGARDS TO THE TWO AND A HALF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6671.464" dur="8.475">MONTHS OF AID BASED ON PAYROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6677.704" dur="2.802">YOU HAVE A CHOICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6678.504" dur="2.937">YOU CAN DO BETTER UNDER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6680.039" dur="2.636">RETENTION CREDIT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6680.606" dur="3.637">IT'S A NEW CREDIT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6681.541" dur="3.036">IF NOT, USE THE OTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6682.775" dur="4.471">SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GIVEN MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6684.343" dur="3.571">FLEXIBILITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6684.677" dur="4.438">THANK YOU, SENATOR WYDEN, FOR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6688.014" dur="3.27">I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6689.215" dur="3.871">SENATOR WARNER WHO WAS VERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6691.35" dur="4.472">INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6693.186" dur="6.506">PROVISION ADOPTED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6694.787" dur="6.707">SO, MADAM PRESIDENT, YOU SEE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6695.922" dur="6.84">THERE IS A WHOLE RANGE OF TOOLS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6699.792" dur="6.974">IN HERE TO KEEP SMALL BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6701.594" dur="10.777">OPERATING, PAYING THEIR WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6702.862" dur="10.344">SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO REINVENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6706.866" dur="7.741">THEIR EMPLOYERS AFTER THIS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6713.306" dur="3.904">THEY CAN KEEP QUALIFIED PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6714.707" dur="3.837">MR. REID, THEY GET THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6716.209" dur="3.169">PAYCHECKS, AND OUR ECONOMY IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6717.31" dur="3.77">READY TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6718.644" dur="4.605">THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROVISIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6719.478" dur="4.872">IN THIS BILL, INCLUDING THE CASH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6721.18" dur="4.872">PAYMENTS UNDER THE I.R.S.,</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6724.483" dur="10.778">HELP IN THIS REGARD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6726.152" dur="10.444">WHEN YOU PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6733.793" dur="4.37">THIS IS A ROBUST PACKAGE TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6736.696" dur="5.205">ECONOMY SO THAT IT CAN PERFORM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6738.263" dur="5.139">AT A LEVEL THAT IT'S READY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6740.533" dur="4.438">TAKE OFF AGAIN WITHOUT THE DIRE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6743.502" dur="4.739">HAVING INCOME IN ORDER TO PAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6745.071" dur="3.737">THEIR BILLS.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6748.341" dur="3.336">PROVISIONS, SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6748.908" dur="3.971">OWNERS CAN KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6751.51" dur="3.671">INTACT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6751.777" dur="4.538">THROUGH UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6752.979" dur="3.67">THOSE THAT ARE LAID OFF OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6755.281" dur="2.369">FURLOUGHED COULD GET THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6756.415" dur="2.837">SALARIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6756.749" dur="3.837">THROUGH THE I.R.S. CHECKS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6757.75" dur="4.438">PEOPLE WILL HAVE SOME CASH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6759.352" dur="3.937">THROUGH SOME OF THESE OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6760.686" dur="4.838">PROGRAMS, WE ARE PROVIDING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6762.288" dur="4.538">RELIEF LIKE DELAYING THE TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6763.389" dur="5.739">AND PAYING THE EMPLOYER'S SHARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6765.624" dur="6.107">OF THE FICA TAXES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6766.926" dur="7.107">YOU PUT THAT ALL TOGETHER, THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6769.228" dur="6.974">IS A LOT OF HELP OUT HERE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6771.831" dur="6.073">KEEP OUR ECONOMY GOING DURING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6774.133" dur="4.304">THIS CRISIS, WITH PARTICULAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6776.302" dur="3.704">FOCUS ON THE WORKERS AND ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6778.004" dur="3.637">SMALL BUSINESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6778.537" dur="4.972">THE LAST POINT I SHOULD POINT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6781.741" dur="4.438">ECONOMY ARE FULLY COVERED UNDER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6784.644" dur="4.304">THEY ARE FULLY COVERED UNDER THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6787.079" dur="4.205">WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6791.35" dur="3.737">PRESERVE WORKERS AND THEIR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6795.187" dur="5.139">I THINK WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6797.023" dur="6.873">THIS WHOLE PACKAGE, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6798.557" dur="6.54">CHALLENGE WILL BE TO GET THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6800.426" dur="6.306">INFORMATION OUT TO OUR COMMITS,</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6805.197" dur="5.306">WORKERS SO THEY KNOW WHAT'S IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6810.603" dur="4.871">PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE, COMPANIES</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6814.44" dur="3.57">WHEN MALLS ARE CLOSED AS THEY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="6819.679" dur="5.505">ALL, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW YOU ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6821.18" dur="4.338">GOING TO MAKE YOUR NEXT PAYROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6823.449" dur="3.237">YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6825.284" dur="2.937">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6825.618" dur="3.637">THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6826.786" dur="3.97">VOTE ON THIS BILL TODAY, GET IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6828.321" dur="3.537">TO THE PRESIDENT AS SOON AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6829.355" dur="5.138">POSSIBLE, GET THE INFORMATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6830.856" dur="6.107">OUT TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6831.958" dur="7.807">TO THE WORKERS AND TO ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6834.593" dur="6.841">BUSINESSES THAT WE ARE HERE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6837.063" dur="5.639">HELP KEEP THEM OPEN, TO KEEP THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6839.865" dur="4.071">PAYCHECKS FLOWING, TO KEEP OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6841.534" dur="3.67">ECONOMY MOVING, THAT WE'RE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6842.802" dur="3.77">THIS TOGETHER, WE'RE GOING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6844.036" dur="4.338">GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF TIME,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6845.304" dur="5.005">OUR ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6846.672" dur="7.007">BACK, BUT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6848.474" dur="6.106">TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE TOOLS SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6850.409" dur="5.572">THAT WE CAN MINIMIZE THE ADVERSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6853.779" dur="42.276">IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6854.68" dur="42.076">AND WITH THAT, MADAM PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6856.081" dur="41.242">I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6896.155" dur="1.969">MR. LANKFORD: MADAM PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6896.856" dur="1.935">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6897.423" dur="2.603">SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6898.224" dur="3.07">RECOGNIZED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6898.891" dur="9.109">MR. LANKFORD: THIS MORNING,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6900.126" dur="11.011">TECHNICAL SERGEANT MARSHALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6901.394" dur="13.079">ROBERTS OF OKLAHOMA CAME HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6908.1" dur="8.142">IT WAS A DIGNIFIED TRANSFER IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6911.237" dur="6.273">TULSA, OKLAHOMA, EARLIER THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6914.573" dur="4.705">MORNING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6916.342" dur="6.406">THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6917.61" dur="8.208">WANTED TO BE THERE, BUT BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6919.378" dur="7.675">OF COVID-19 COULD NOT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6922.848" dur="9.21">BUT A LOT OF OTHER FOLKS WERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6925.918" dur="8.842">TECH SERGEANT MARSHALL ROBERTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6927.153" dur="9.543">WAS KILLED IN IRAQ WEDNESDAY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6932.158" dur="6.406">MARCH 11, WHEN HIS UNIT WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6934.86" dur="6.74">ENGAGED BY INDIRECT ENEMY FIRE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6936.796" dur="5.071">WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6938.664" dur="5.039">HE WAS 17 MILES NORTH OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6941.7" dur="2.07">BAGHDAD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6941.967" dur="3.671">HE WAS DEPLOYED WITH THE 219th</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6943.836" dur="5.772">ENGINEERING INSTALLATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6945.738" dur="4.17">SQUADRON, A SUBORDINATE UNIT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6947.84" dur="2.97">THE 138th OUT OF TULSA,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6949.708" dur="1.669">OKLAHOMA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6950.008" dur="2.637">HE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6950.91" dur="3.703">BUILDING COMMUNICATIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6951.477" dur="6.373">INFRASTRUCTURE AS PART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6952.745" dur="6.273">FIGHT AGAINST ISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6954.713" dur="6.507">THE OPERATION THAT ROBERT SERVE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6957.95" dur="4.905">OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6959.118" dur="6.039">BEEN A VITAL PART OF PROTECTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6961.32" dur="5.305">OUR NATION AND BRINGING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6962.955" dur="6.607">STABILITY TO THE REGION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6965.257" dur="4.538">ROBERTS ENLISTED IN THE OKLAHOMA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6966.725" dur="6.54">AIR NATIONAL GUARD IN MAY OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6969.662" dur="5.439">2014.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6969.896" dur="9.109">HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6973.365" dur="6.54">FIRST OKLAHOMA INTERNATIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6975.201" dur="6.973">GUARDSMAN WHO HAS DIED, BUT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6979.105" dur="3.77">20th OKLAHOMA NATIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6980.005" dur="3.971">GUARDSMAN WHO HAS DIED SINCE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6982.274" dur="3.437">SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6982.975" dur="5.005">THE PERPETUAL COMMENT THAT I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6984.076" dur="6.407">HEARD FROM THE FOLKS THAT I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6985.811" dur="5.206">TALKED TO ABOUT TECH SERGEANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6988.08" dur="4.672">ROBERTS WAS HE WAS ONE OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6990.583" dur="5.138">GOOD GUYS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6991.117" dur="6.64">HE WAS ALWAYS KNOWN FOR HAVING A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6992.852" dur="6.306">SMILE ON HIS FACE, WAS SELFLESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6995.821" dur="5.039">HE SERVED OTHERS ALL THE WAY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6997.857" dur="5.872">THE END.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="6999.258" dur="9.076">THE NIGHT OF THE ATTACK, THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7000.96" dur="8.508">WAS A TRUCK LAUNCHER THAT FIRED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7003.829" dur="7.308">OFF 30 KARTUCHA ROCKETS AT THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7008.434" dur="3.604">CAMP AS THEY WERE SLEEPING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7009.568" dur="4.171">18 OF THOSE ROCKETS LANDED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7011.237" dur="3.837">INSIDE THE CAMP FACILITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7012.138" dur="5.105">AS THE NOISE HAPPENED AROUND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7013.839" dur="6.607">HIM, SERGEANT ROBERTS TOLD HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7015.174" dur="6.807">FELLOW AIRMEN TO GET UP, GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7017.343" dur="7.34">GOING, GET THEIR BODY ARMOR ON,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7020.546" dur="6.94">AND AS HE STEPPED AWAY TO GO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7022.081" dur="7.507">WARN OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7024.816" dur="5.907">SAME, A ROCKET CAME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7027.586" dur="6.474">BUT SOME OF THE PEOPLE STANDING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7029.688" dur="6.941">RIGHT THERE THAT HE HAD TOLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7030.823" dur="12.98">THEM TO GET THEIR BODY ARMOR ON,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7034.16" dur="9.709">HE SAVED THEIR LIFE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7036.729" dur="10.31">HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7043.936" dur="6.607">HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY PROMOTED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7047.139" dur="4.505">TECHNICAL SERGEANT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7047.74" dur="7.441">HE WAS BORN JANUARY 29, 1992, IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7050.643" dur="6.64">TULSA, OKLAHOMA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7051.744" dur="8.642">MARSHALL'S PARENTS, SALARY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7055.281" dur="6.673">RAND -- SALLY AND RANDY, RAISED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7057.383" dur="6.94">HIM IN OWOSSO, OKLAHOMA, WHERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7060.486" dur="4.871">HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7062.054" dur="8.442">HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7064.423" dur="9.076">PEYTON WHO HAS BEEN THE LOVE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7065.457" dur="12.246">HIS LIFE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7070.596" dur="10.143">NOVEMBER 15, 2018, MARSHALL WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7073.599" dur="8.942">MARRIED TO CHRISSY AND THEY WERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7077.803" dur="7.474">BOTH IN THE 138th.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7080.839" dur="6.24">THEIR DEEP LOVE FOR GOD, THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7082.641" dur="7.975">DEEP LOVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7085.377" dur="6.34">THEIR OBVIOUS LOVE FOR EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7087.179" dur="6.006">OTHER WAS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7090.716" dur="6.14">THE 138th.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7091.817" dur="6.306">EVERYONE KNEW THEM, KNEW WHAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7093.285" dur="7.608">THEY WERE LIKE, AND WERE GLAD TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7096.956" dur="7.941">BE CALLED THEIR FRIENDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7098.223" dur="8.609">HE WAS A BROTHER, HE WAS A SON,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7100.993" dur="7.441">HE WAS A FATHER, HE WAS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7104.997" dur="7.474">HUSBAND, AND OUR STATE AND OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7106.932" dur="8.609">NATION GRIEVES HIM TODAY COMING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7108.534" dur="7.574">HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7112.571" dur="5.439">ONE STORY ABOUT HE AND CHRISTIE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7115.641" dur="3.971">THOUGH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7116.208" dur="5.506">THEY MET AND STARTED DATING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7118.11" dur="7.107">WHILE THEY WERE BOTH SERVING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7119.712" dur="6.373">WITH THE 138th.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7121.814" dur="5.672">SHE HAD BEEN IN THE 138th FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7125.317" dur="4.505">15 YEARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7126.185" dur="5.539">THEY DATED FOUR YEARS BEFORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7127.586" dur="5.639">THEY GOT MARRIED IN 2018.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7129.922" dur="5.439">THEY HAD BEEN MARRIED JUST LESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7131.824" dur="7.641">THAN TWO YEARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7133.325" dur="6.907">THEY WERE BOTH AVID FOOTBALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7135.461" dur="8.608">FANS, BUT THERE WAS A MAJOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7139.565" dur="9.343">PROBLEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7140.332" dur="12.713">CHRISSY IS A KANSAS CHIEFS FAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7144.169" dur="12.013">AND MARSHALL IS A -- HE FIXED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7149.008" dur="12.546">THAT BY PROPOSING AT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7153.145" dur="11.245">STEELERS-CHIEFS GAME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7156.282" dur="15.548">I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THE FAMILY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7161.654" dur="12.112">FOR THE FOLKS THAT STOOD THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7164.49" dur="10.977">TODAY IN TULSA AS HE CAME HOME,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7171.93" dur="6.641">THEY FOUND A WAY TO BE ABLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7173.866" dur="6.206">LOVE ON EACH OTHER, THEY FOUND A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7175.567" dur="6.607">WAY TO BE ABLE TO SERVE EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7178.671" dur="5.639">OTHER AND THEY ARE STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7180.172" dur="6.073">SACRIFICING FOR THE COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7182.274" dur="6.006">BECAUSE -- BECAUSE THE COVID-19</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7184.41" dur="8.241">THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7186.345" dur="8.909">THEY'VE CHOSEN NOT TO HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7188.38" dur="8.275">PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE AND THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7192.751" dur="6.841">ARE DELAYING THAT TIME UNTIL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7195.354" dur="6.173">IT'S SAFER FOR ALL OF THE FAMILY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7196.755" dur="5.973">AND FOR ALL THE COMMUNITY TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7199.692" dur="7.874">ABLE TO PARTICIPATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7201.627" dur="7.941">LITERALLY THEIR FAMILY CONTINUES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7202.828" dur="9.976">THE GRIEF IN THE WAIT, ONE MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7207.666" dur="8.309">SACRIFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7209.668" dur="9.243">FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7212.905" dur="10.944">TODAY ALL OF OKLAHOMA IS USING A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7216.075" dur="12.846">HASHTAG TO SHARE MESSAGES WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7219.011" dur="12.346">THE FAMILY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7223.949" dur="9.243">HASHTAG GSTG MARSHALL ROBERTS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7229.021" dur="8.375">TO BE ABLE TO SHARE A MESSAGE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7231.457" dur="11.678">SUPPORT AND LOVE FOR THE FAMILY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7233.292" dur="10.076">OUR NATION IS GRATEFUL AND WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7237.496" dur="7.708">GRIEVE WITH YOU FOR THE LOSS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7243.235" dur="4.505">TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7243.469" dur="6.072">THANK YOU TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7245.304" dur="6.34">FOR WEARING THE CLOTH OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7247.84" dur="6.239">COUNTRY AND FOR DOING EVERYTHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7249.641" dur="7.074">THAT OUR NATION ASKED OF HIM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7251.744" dur="7.407">UNTIL THE VERY END.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7254.179" dur="6.707">OUR NATION LIVES IN FREEDOM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7256.815" dur="6.373">BECAUSE OF FOLKS LIKE MARSHALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7259.251" dur="6.373">ROBERTS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7260.986" dur="71.739">STAND WITH CHRISSY AND PEYTON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7263.288" dur="70.204">AND WITH THEIR FAMILY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7265.724" dur="68.368">WITH THAT, I YIELD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7332.825" dur="2.969">MR. LANKFORD: MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7333.592" dur="3.003">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7334.193" dur="3.703">SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7335.894" dur="4.138">MR. LANKFORD: MR. PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7336.695" dur="4.138">WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PASSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7337.996" dur="5.272">A VERY LARGE ECONOMIC PACKAGE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7340.132" dur="4.838">HELP STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7340.933" dur="4.838">THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF ALL THAT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7343.368" dur="5.039">HAPPENING WITH COVID-19 GLOBALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7345.07" dur="4.938">AND IN THE UNITED STATES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7345.871" dur="6.507">THE HEART OF THE PACKAGE WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7348.507" dur="5.439">PASSING TODAY IS ALMOST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7350.108" dur="4.905">IDENTICAL TO WHAT WE BROUGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7352.478" dur="5.672">SUNDAY NIGHT WHICH WAS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7354.046" dur="5.472">BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL WHICH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7355.113" dur="6.04">RANKING MEMBERS AND CHAIRMEN OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7358.25" dur="3.437">ALL THE RANKING COMMITTEES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7359.618" dur="3.103">WORKED TOGETHER TO GET THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7361.253" dur="2.703">DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7361.787" dur="4.404">THE KEY ELEMENTS ARE STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7362.821" dur="4.972">THERE, IT'S UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7364.056" dur="5.138">INSURANCE FOR AMERICANS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7366.291" dur="3.971">INCLUDING $600 PLUS TO BE ABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7367.893" dur="3.604">TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7369.294" dur="3.204">THERE IS SUPPORT FOR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7370.362" dur="3.337">BUSINESSES THAT WILL ACTUALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7371.597" dur="3.937">PAY THE PAYROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7372.598" dur="4.638">WE DON'T WANT INDIVIDUALS TO END</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7373.799" dur="5.238">UP ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7375.634" dur="5.139">IT'S BETTER IF THEY STAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7377.336" dur="5.238">CONNECTED TO THEIR SAME COMPANY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7379.137" dur="5.773">THERE'S A UNIQUE NEW PROPOSAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7380.873" dur="6.039">THAT WILL SAY A SMALL BUSINESS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7382.674" dur="6.574">CAN GO TO ANY BANK RAPIDLY TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7385.01" dur="5.739">ABLE TO GET A LOAN THERE WHICH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7387.012" dur="5.005">WILL CONVERT INTO A GRANT IF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7389.348" dur="2.736">THEY MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7390.849" dur="2.736">EMPLOYEE NUMBERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7392.15" dur="5.206">THAT KEEPS PEOPLE CONNECTED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7393.685" dur="5.873">THEIR BUSINESS AND KEEPS PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7395.721" dur="4.337">ASSURED OF A JOB AT THE END OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7397.456" dur="5.405">ALL OF THIS WHEN IT ALL FINISHES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7399.658" dur="4.338">IT OUT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7400.158" dur="5.339">IT IS A GRANT PROGRAM FOR LARGER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7402.961" dur="3.971">BUSINESSES THAT'S DESIGNED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7404.096" dur="4.938">SAY IF YOU'RE A VERY LARGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7405.597" dur="4.738">COMPANY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7407.032" dur="4.905">A GRANT, YOU'RE GOING TO GET A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7409.134" dur="4.405">LOAN THROUGH THIS PROCESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7410.435" dur="5.339">AT THAT MOMENT YOU WILL GET A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7412.037" dur="5.239">LOAN AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7413.639" dur="5.138">CAPITAL OR ACCESS TO IT RIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7415.874" dur="7.074">NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7417.376" dur="8.108">YOU COULD GET THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7418.877" dur="10.678">THIS ALSO HAS A FEATURE BUILT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7423.048" dur="8.208">WHERE INDIVIDUALS WILL RECEIVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7425.584" dur="5.972">CHECK FOR $100 TO GIVE SUPPORT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7429.655" dur="3.603">TO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7431.356" dur="2.135">COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7431.656" dur="6.34">ALL THOSE FEATURES WERE IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7433.358" dur="5.639">BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7433.592" dur="6.84">THERE HAVE BEEN TWEAKS, SOME OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7438.096" dur="3.838">DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WANTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7439.097" dur="4.972">CHANGES, MANY OF THOSE CHANGES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7440.532" dur="4.905">HAVE BEEN HEARD AND ADDED AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7442.034" dur="4.004">SOME WE SAID, ABSOLUTELY NOT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7444.169" dur="3.27">IT'S NOT CONNECTED TO COVID-19</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7445.537" dur="3.037">AT ALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7446.138" dur="3.737">THERE ARE SOME THINGS OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7447.539" dur="3.37">DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WANTED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7448.674" dur="3.737">MAKE SURE THEY GOT IN AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7449.975" dur="2.736">THROUGH ALL OF THE NEGOTIATIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7451.009" dur="3.17">SOME OF THESE THINGS WERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7452.511" dur="3.303">CHANGED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7452.811" dur="3.937">FOR INSTANCE, THEY REALLY WANTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7454.279" dur="5.105">TO MEDICARE SURE THAT ENERGY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7455.914" dur="4.705">COMPANIES COULDN'T GET ANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7456.848" dur="5.373">SUPPORT SO THEY FOUGHT HARD TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7459.484" dur="6.073">MAKE SURE THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7460.719" dur="5.639">MONEY FOR THE PRESIDENT BUYING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7462.321" dur="6.673">ADDITIONAL OIL TO PUT IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7465.657" dur="4.438">STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7466.458" dur="5.139">THE LOWEST PRICE NOW SO IT WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7469.094" dur="4.538">ACTUALLY COST US MORE MONEY IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7470.195" dur="5.439">THE FUTURE, BUT IT WAS THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7471.697" dur="5.372">INTENTION TO SAY WE DON'T WANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7473.732" dur="5.139">OIL COMPANIES TO GET ANY KIND OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7475.734" dur="6.306">SUPPORT IN THIS DOWNTURN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7477.169" dur="6.406">THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7478.971" dur="6.039">WAGS GREAT TRANSPARENCY THEY SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7482.14" dur="4.472">BUILT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL AND A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7483.675" dur="3.204">BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7485.11" dur="4.438">WATCH THE TREASURY THROUGH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7486.712" dur="4.538">PROCESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7486.979" dur="6.439">THEY PUT IN A NEAT FEATURE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7489.648" dur="5.372">THEY DEMANDED AND THAT WAS NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7491.35" dur="6.206">SON OR DAUGHTER OR FAMILY MEMBER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7493.518" dur="6.34">OR ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT WORKS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7495.12" dur="7.374">WITH THE PRESIDENCY OR VICE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7497.656" dur="6.84">PRESIDENCY OR THE CONGRESS COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7499.958" dur="5.139">GET ANY OF THE GRANT -- NOT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7502.594" dur="4.038">GRANT PROGRAMS, BUT THE LOAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7504.596" dur="4.338">PROGRAMS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7505.197" dur="5.072">NO SON-IN-LAW COULD GET THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7506.732" dur="4.604">I WONDER WHO THAT COULD BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7509.034" dur="3.303">TARGETED TOWARDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7510.369" dur="3.503">A PARTICULAR SON-IN-LAW THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7511.436" dur="4.104">MIGHT BE THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7512.437" dur="4.672">LITERALLY A LOT OF THIS FIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7513.972" dur="4.538">THAT WE'VE HAD OVER THE LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7515.64" dur="4.672">THREE DAYS IS BECAUSE THEY WERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7517.209" dur="4.538">DEMANDING THAT THERE WAS NO WAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7518.61" dur="4.738">THAT THE PRESIDENT OR ANY OF HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7520.412" dur="4.171">FAMILY COULD GET ANY KIND OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7521.847" dur="7.207">LOAN OR BENEFIT FROM THIS LOAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7523.448" dur="8.509">AT ALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7524.683" dur="8.408">SO WE SPENT THREE DAYS -- THREE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7529.154" dur="6.44">DAYS OF DELAY BECAUSE THEY HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7532.057" dur="4.471">SOME ADDITIONAL DEMANDS FOR SOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7533.191" dur="4.939">THINGS THEY WANTED TO DO,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7535.694" dur="3.871">SIGNIFICANTLY TARGETED A LOT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7536.628" dur="3.237">THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7538.23" dur="2.135">I UNDERSTAND THEY DON'T LIKE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7539.665" dur="3.203">PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7539.965" dur="5.405">I GET THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7540.465" dur="7.341">WE WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7542.968" dur="6.206">TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7545.47" dur="4.872">WORKERS, THAT'S WHY WE PUT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7547.906" dur="3.237">THE WORK AND THE BIPARTISAN WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7549.274" dur="3.771">TO GET IT DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7550.442" dur="4.171">IT'S DONE NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7551.243" dur="6.006">LET'S GET IT GOING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7553.145" dur="6.039">OUR ENCOURAGEMENT IS TO HAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7554.713" dur="5.505">HOUSE FINISH IT UP AS QUICKLY AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7557.349" dur="4.271">POSSIBLE AND BE ABLE TO GET THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7559.284" dur="3.703">SUPPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7560.318" dur="4.438">WHAT'S BEEN INTERESTING, THOUGH,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7561.72" dur="5.239">IS IN THE SPEECHES THAT I HEARD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7563.087" dur="4.973">ON THE FLOOR TODAY FROM MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7564.856" dur="4.739">COLLEAGUES AND FROM MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7567.059" dur="4.538">INDIVIDUALS IN RELEASES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7568.16" dur="5.071">I'VE SEEN IS FOLKS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7569.695" dur="4.938">MENTIONED THEIR PRAYER, THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7571.697" dur="4.971">HAVE MENTIONED WITH GOD'S HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7573.331" dur="4.605">WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7574.733" dur="5.739">THEY HAVE MENTIONED THE STRUGGLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7576.768" dur="5.105">THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH AS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7578.036" dur="4.972">NATION AND HOW WE'RE PRAYING FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7580.572" dur="10.377">EACH OTHER AND IT KEEPS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7581.973" dur="9.377">REMINDING ME OF SOMETHING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7583.108" dur="12.112">IT'S A VERY OLD SOLEMN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7591.049" dur="6.273">SOLEMN21.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7591.45" dur="8.208">WHEN THE JEWS WOULD COME INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7595.32" dur="6.54">JERUSALEM, THEY WOULD SING SONGS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7597.422" dur="5.573">OF ASCENT AS THEY CAME OFF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7599.758" dur="6.673">EASTERN HILLS AND START RISING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7601.96" dur="5.773">UP TOWARDS JERSEY LUM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7603.095" dur="6.773">THE CONGRESS THEY WOULD SING IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7606.531" dur="5.506">PERTINENT, IT READS, I LIFT UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7607.833" dur="6.172">MY EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7609.968" dur="9.143">WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7612.137" dur="9.476">I REMEMBER THE MOUNTAINS HERE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7614.105" dur="8.943">THE CAPITAL CITY JERUSALEM, IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7619.211" dur="6.206">IS THE SEED OF GOVERNMENT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7621.713" dur="4.905">WORSHIP FOR THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7623.148" dur="5.472">THEY WOULD SING, I LIFT UP MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7625.517" dur="5.439">EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7626.718" dur="7.174">WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7628.72" dur="8.609">MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7631.056" dur="9.71">MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7633.992" dur="8.442">HE WILL NOT LET YOUR FOOT SLIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7637.429" dur="6.673">HE WHO WATCHES OVER ISRAEL WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7640.866" dur="5.338">NEITHER SLUMBER OR SLEEP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7642.534" dur="5.005">THE LORD WATCHES OVER YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7644.202" dur="4.939">THE SUN WILL NOT HARM YOU BY DAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7646.304" dur="3.137">NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7647.639" dur="3.337">THE LORD WILL KEEP YOU FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7649.241" dur="3.737">HARM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7649.541" dur="6.173">HE WILL WATCH OVER YOU.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7651.076" dur="5.339">THE LORD WILL WATCH OVER YOUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7653.078" dur="4.538">COMING AND GOING BOTH NOW AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7655.814" dur="4.872">FOREVER MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7656.515" dur="8.508">IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7657.716" dur="10.644">PEOPLE WOULD COME IN, MARCHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7660.786" dur="8.775">INTO JERUSALEM, THE SEED OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7665.123" dur="6.74">GOVERNMENT SINGING, I LIFT UP MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7668.46" dur="4.638">EYES TO THE MOUNTAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7669.661" dur="5.772">WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7671.963" dur="5.072">MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7673.198" dur="5.305">OF ALL OF THE THINGS GOING ON IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7675.533" dur="4.705">WASHINGTON, D.C., RIGHT NOW, YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7677.135" dur="5.205">WILL HEAR PEOPLE REPEATING OVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7678.603" dur="5.573">AND OVER AGAIN, OUR HOPE IS NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7680.338" dur="5.439">IN GOVERNMENT, OUR HOPE IS NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7682.44" dur="5.973">IN HOW MUCH MONEY WE CAN SPEND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7684.276" dur="8.442">WE UNDERSTAND FULL WELL WHEN WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7685.877" dur="8.943">LIFT UP OUR EYES TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7688.513" dur="8.642">MOUNTAIN, TO THIS BILL HILL, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7692.818" dur="7.173">KNOW WHERE OUR HELP COMES FROM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7694.92" dur="6.273">OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7697.255" dur="47.715">WE'RE GRATEFUL HE NEITHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7700.091" dur="45.846">SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7701.293" dur="45.979">WITH THAT I YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7745.07" dur="4.204">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7746.037" dur="5.473">SENATOR FROM ARKANSAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7747.372" dur="6.64">MR. COTTON: THE DEADLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7749.374" dur="6.44">CORONAVIRUS THAT EMERGED FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7751.61" dur="6.339">CHINA LATE LAST YEAR SPREAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7754.112" dur="5.673">ACROSS THE GLOBE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7755.914" dur="6.907">THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7758.049" dur="7.575">DECEIVED THE WORLD AND EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7759.885" dur="6.773">THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND UNLEASHED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7762.921" dur="5.839">THE WORST PANDEMIC IN A CENTURY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7765.724" dur="6.173">UPON US ALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7766.758" dur="7.541">NOW IT FALLS ON US TO DEFEAT IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7768.86" dur="6.974">HERE AT HOME A STRANGE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7771.997" dur="5.972">UNSETTLING HUSH HAS FALLEN OVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7774.399" dur="4.338">THE COUNTRY AS BUSINESSES CLOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7775.934" dur="4.705">AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BRACE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7778.102" dur="4.339">FOR WHAT'S TO COME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7778.837" dur="6.807">IN NEW YORK, SEATTLE, NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7780.739" dur="5.138">ORLEANS, AND ELSEWHERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7782.541" dur="7.44">PREPARATION FOR THE VIRUS HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7785.744" dur="6.073">ENDED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7785.978" dur="8.775">THE VIRUS HAS ARRIVED IN FORCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7790.081" dur="8.609">THE URGENT BATTLE TO SUPPRESS IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7791.917" dur="8.108">HAS BEGUN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7794.853" dur="6.773">IN EMERGENCY ROOMS AND I.C.U.'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7798.79" dur="4.772">COURAGEOUS DOCTORS AND NURSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7800.125" dur="5.839">ARE LOCKED IN A BATTLE TO SAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7801.726" dur="6.474">THE LIVES OF THEIR PATIENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7803.662" dur="6.139">PROTECTIVE GEAR IS IN SHORT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7806.064" dur="4.738">SUPPLY, BUT THEIR REGARD FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7808.3" dur="6.406">SAFETY AND EVEN FAMILY COMES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7809.901" dur="6.206">SECOND TO THEIR DUTY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7810.902" dur="7.608">THE DAYS AHEAD WILL BE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7814.806" dur="6.34">CLOSE-RUN THING IN THOSE CITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7816.207" dur="10.311">AS THEY STRUGGLE TO KEEP THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7818.61" dur="10.944">HOSPITALS OPEN AND FUNCTIONING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7821.246" dur="10.243">BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE CHINA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7826.618" dur="8.075">VIRUS WILL SPARE NONE OF US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7829.654" dur="6.774">THE -- FROM THE HIGH RISES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7831.589" dur="6.941">THE BIG CITIES TO THE HILLS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7834.793" dur="5.939">THE OZARKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7836.528" dur="5.439">SOON THE SENATE WILL FINALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7838.63" dur="5.272">PASS DESPERATELY NEEDED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7840.832" dur="4.104">EMERGENCY LEGISLATION FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7842.067" dur="4.805">NATION, INCLUDING A MASSIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7844.002" dur="6.607">INFUSION OF FUNDS TO OUR HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7845.037" dur="5.972">CARE SYSTEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7846.972" dur="9.376">BUT THIS LEGISLATION ISN'T ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7850.709" dur="7.674">STIMULUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7851.109" dur="8.709">IT'S ABOUT SURVIVAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7856.448" dur="4.571">WITH THIS LEGISLATION BEHIND US,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7858.483" dur="4.471">AMERICANS ARE BEGINNING TO ASK,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7859.918" dur="4.438">WHAT'S NEXT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7861.119" dur="6.439">YES, THE VIRUS IS TESTING US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7863.054" dur="7.741">ALREADY AND IT HAS ALREADY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7864.456" dur="7.974">TOUCHED MOST OF US BY CLOSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7867.658" dur="6.674">OUR CHURCHES, SHUTTERING OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7870.895" dur="6.073">BUSINESSES AND THREATENING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7872.53" dur="6.907">JOBS AND RETIREMENT SAVINGS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7874.432" dur="6.74">MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND, OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7877.068" dur="6.407">COURSE, THREATENING OUR LIVES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7879.537" dur="6.073">IT'S ONLY NATURAL THAT SO MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7881.272" dur="7.074">ARE WONDERING ANXIOUSLY WHEN AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7883.575" dur="6.173">HOW THIS UNPRECEDENTED CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7885.71" dur="6.44">WILL END AND WHEN IT ENDS WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7888.446" dur="3.971">THEIR JOBS STILL BE THERE?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7889.848" dur="5.072">HOW WILL THEY PUT FOOD ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7892.283" dur="4.372">TABLE?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7892.517" dur="7.641">HOW WILL THEY PAY THE BILLS?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7895.02" dur="6.072">AMERICANS WANT TO KNOW THE PLAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7896.755" dur="9.476">SO THEY CAN DO THEIR PART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7900.258" dur="8.008">MORE FUNDAMENTALLY THEY WANT TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7901.192" dur="10.678">KNOW THAT THERE IS A PLAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7906.331" dur="5.873">COMBINED WITH WORRY ABOUT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7908.366" dur="5.639">FUTURE NATURALLY BREEDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7911.97" dur="5.072">FRUSTRATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7912.304" dur="8.575">WE ARE CITIZENS, AFTER ALL, NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7914.105" dur="8.309">MERELY PASSIVE CARRIERS OF A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7917.142" dur="8.275">DEADLY PATHOGEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7920.979" dur="6.106">THIS FRUSTRATION HAS GIVEN RISE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7922.514" dur="6.273">TO A NEW AND GROWING ARGUMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7925.517" dur="4.304">THAT AMERICANS CAN'T WAIT ANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7927.185" dur="3.437">LONGER THAT WE OUGHT TO OPEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7928.887" dur="5.439">BACK UP AND TAKE OUR CHANCES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7929.921" dur="5.539">WITH THIS VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7930.722" dur="5.839">AFTER ALL, WE CAN'T STAY INSIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7934.426" dur="4.971">FOR EVERY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7935.56" dur="5.973"> -- FOREVER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7936.661" dur="5.139">WE CAN'T, AS THE SAYING GOES,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7939.497" dur="3.637">LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7941.633" dur="3.904">DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7941.9" dur="4.137">THE EMERGENCY TO STAVE OFF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7943.234" dur="4.305">ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IS, OF COURSE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7945.637" dur="3.704">UNDERSTANDABLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7946.137" dur="5.039">AND IT'S TEMPTING TO THINK THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7947.639" dur="5.038">WE FACE A SIMPLE CHOICE BETWEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7949.441" dur="6.74">SHUTTING DOWN TO FIGHT THE VIRUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7951.276" dur="8.308">AND OPENING UP TO SAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7952.777" dur="8.309">ECONOMY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7956.281" dur="7.674">BUT A CHOICE IS NOT SO SIMPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7959.684" dur="5.806">SOME THOUGHTFUL OBSERVERS NOTE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7961.186" dur="5.906">THAT THE SEASONAL FLU, AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7964.055" dur="5.472">AUTOMOBILE -- AND AUTOMOBILE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7965.59" dur="6.407">ACCIDENTS KILL MORE AMERICANS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7967.192" dur="7.107">ANNUALLY THAN HAS THIS VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7969.627" dur="6.307">THAT'S TRUE AS FAR AS IT GOES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7972.097" dur="8.775">BUT WE'RE JUST AT THE BEGINNING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7974.399" dur="7.874">OF THIS PANDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7976.034" dur="7.874">AND I HAVE TO ADD THE JAVITS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7980.972" dur="5.806">CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7982.373" dur="6.674">NEVER BEEN CONVERTED INTO A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7984.008" dur="6.574">FIELD HOSPITAL FOR THE FLU AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7986.878" dur="5.639">CAR WRECKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7989.147" dur="5.138">GRANTING THAT, SOME SAY, PERHAPS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7990.682" dur="7.407">WE CAN REOPEN IN A FEW DAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7992.617" dur="6.373">SINCE OUR ELDERLY ARE MOST AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7994.385" dur="5.706">RISK FROM THIS VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7998.189" dur="3.17">QUARANTINE THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="7999.09" dur="3.704">KEEP THEM SAFE, THE ARGUMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8000.191" dur="6.907">GOES WHILE THE REST OF US GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8001.459" dur="8.409">BACK TO WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8002.894" dur="8.008">BUT THERE ARE 72 MILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8007.198" dur="6.306">AMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 60 IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8009.968" dur="5.672">THIS COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8011.002" dur="5.205">MANY OF THEM RAISE CHILDREN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8013.604" dur="5.44">LIVE ALONE, OR WORK OUTSIDE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8015.74" dur="5.506">HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8016.307" dur="7.241">THEY CAN'T WALL THEMSELVES OFF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8019.144" dur="6.873">FROM THE WORLD, NOR SHOULD WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8021.346" dur="4.738">WALL THEM IN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8023.648" dur="3.437">MOREOVER, TENS OF MILLIONS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8026.15" dur="6.14">YOUNGER AMERICANS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8027.185" dur="5.372">PREEXISTING CONDITIONS THAT PUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8029.12" dur="5.372">THEM AT ELEVATED RISK FROM THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8032.39" dur="4.505">VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8032.657" dur="5.639">ARE WE TO QUARANTINE ALL OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8034.592" dur="4.772">THEM, TOO?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8036.995" dur="4.404">BECAUSE EVEN YOUNGER AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8038.396" dur="5.406">HEALTHIER AMERICANS ARE NOT SAFE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8039.464" dur="7.541">FROM THIS PANDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8041.499" dur="5.773">THE CHINA VIRUS ATTACKS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8043.902" dur="5.105">LUNGS OF THE YOUNG AND THE OLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8047.105" dur="5.138">ALIKE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8047.372" dur="8.108">OF THE CASES WE KNOW ABOUT, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8049.107" dur="6.673">VIRUS APPEARS TO SEND ABOUT ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8052.343" dur="5.106">IN SEVEN YOUNGER PEOPLE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8055.58" dur="3.97">HOSPITAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8055.88" dur="5.673">IT'S TRUE THAT SURVIVAL RATES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8057.549" dur="6.773">FOR YOUNGER PATIENTS ARE BETTER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8059.65" dur="4.939">BUT EVEN THEIR RECOVERY DEPENDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8061.653" dur="5.138">ON A FUNCTIONING HEALTH CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8064.422" dur="4.538">SYSTEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8064.689" dur="7.274">IF WE GIVE UP ON OUR EFFORTS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8066.891" dur="6.874">CONTROL THIS VIRUS NOW, OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8069.06" dur="7.775">MEDICAL SYSTEM WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8072.063" dur="7.641">OVERWHELMED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8073.865" dur="7.674">HOSPITALS WILL COLLAPSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8076.935" dur="7.574">CARE WILL BE RATIONED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8079.804" dur="7.041">DOCTORS WILL FACE THE TERRIBLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8081.639" dur="7.308">CHOICE OF WHOM TO SAVE AND WHOM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8084.609" dur="7.107">TO LET PERISH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8086.945" dur="6.373">AND NOT JUST FOR PATIENTS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8089.047" dur="5.972">THIS VIRUS, FOR EVERY AMERICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8091.816" dur="7.007">WHO NEEDS INTENSIVE CARE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8093.418" dur="7.107">WHETHER FROM HEART ATTACK OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8095.119" dur="7.308">STROKE OR CAR WRECK OR ANYTHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8098.923" dur="4.572">ELSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8100.625" dur="6.507">BESIDES IF LEFT UNCHECKED, THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8102.527" dur="7.007">DEADLY VIRUS WILL CONTINUE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8103.595" dur="6.873">WRECK OUR ECONOMY AS SURELY AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8107.232" dur="6.106">IT HAS ALREADY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8109.634" dur="5.873">IT WASN'T PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8110.568" dur="6.907">SHUT DOWN BUSINESSES, AFTER ALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8113.438" dur="8.975">AND IT REALLY WASN'T EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8115.607" dur="7.44">GOVERNORS AND MAYORS, THOUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8117.575" dur="10.11">THEY ISSUED THE ORDERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8122.513" dur="6.707">GOVERNMENT-ENFORCED CLOSURES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8123.147" dur="7.708">WERE LARGELY A REAR GUARD ACTION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8127.785" dur="5.506">BY COMMUNITIES WHO ADD ALREADY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8129.32" dur="5.739">GROUND TO A HALT DUE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8130.955" dur="7.274">VIRUS OR THAT SOON WOULD HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8133.391" dur="8.008">COME TO A WRENCHING STOP IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8135.159" dur="9.076">TEETH OF THE PANDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8138.329" dur="9.41">WHO AMONG US WOULD TAKE OUR KIDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8141.499" dur="8.509">TO A RESTAURANT TOMORROW IF WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8144.335" dur="7.875">OPENED BACK UP?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8147.839" dur="5.539">OUR ECONOMY ISN'T SEIZED UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8150.108" dur="6.473">BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT DICTATES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8152.31" dur="6.206">BUT RATHER BECAUSE OUR PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8153.478" dur="6.373">ARE UNDERSTANDABLY FEARFUL OF A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8156.681" dur="4.605">DANGEROUS VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8158.616" dur="5.572">SO AN IMMEDIATE REOPENING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8159.951" dur="4.504">WITHOUT THE RESOURCES IN PLACE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8161.386" dur="5.138">TO FIGHT THE VIRUS ISN'T AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8164.288" dur="2.57">OPTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8164.555" dur="3.938">OUR HOSPITALS WOULD BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8166.624" dur="3.337">OVERWHELMED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8166.958" dur="4.938">OUR BRAVE DOCTORS AND NURSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8168.593" dur="5.606">WOULD SUCCUMB TO THE ILLNESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8170.061" dur="6.206">OUR BUSINESSES WOULD KEEP THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8171.996" dur="7.474">DOORS CLOSED OR WOULD QUICKLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8174.299" dur="5.438">CLOSE THEIR DOORS AGAIN AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8176.367" dur="4.638">WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS STAYED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8179.57" dur="3.404">AWAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8179.837" dur="5.339">THE SUPPOSED CHOICE BETWEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8181.105" dur="7.274">SAVING THE ECONOMY AND FIGHTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8183.074" dur="6.84">THE VIRUS TURNS OUT NOT TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8185.276" dur="6.707">MUCH OF A CHOICE AT ALL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8188.479" dur="5.606">WE CAN'T YET STOP THE STRONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8190.014" dur="6.006">MEASURES THAT ARE IN PLACE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8192.083" dur="6.14">BECAUSE WE HAVE NO BETTER OPTION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8194.185" dur="4.305">IN THE SHORT RUN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8196.12" dur="4.505">BUT NEITHER CAN WE CONTINUE THEM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8198.323" dur="4.971">FOREVER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8198.59" dur="7.474">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN ONLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8200.725" dur="7.841">HOLD OUT FOR SO LONG.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8203.394" dur="7.474">SO WE MUST COME UP WITH A BETTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8206.164" dur="6.173">PLAN AND FAST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8208.666" dur="6.073">THAT PLAN STARTS WITH THIS BIG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8210.968" dur="5.339">PAUSE AS WE PROTECT OURSELVES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8212.437" dur="6.84">AND EACH OTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8214.839" dur="10.277">WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8216.407" dur="9.476">RESOURCES TODAY TO FIGHT ANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8219.377" dur="7.975">OTHER WAY, BUT IT WILL END WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8225.216" dur="4.605">THIS APPROACH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8226.016" dur="4.872">WE MUST USE THE PRECIOUS DAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8227.452" dur="5.672">AND WEEKS AHEAD TO LAY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8229.921" dur="5.872">GROUNDWORK FOR A NEW STRATEGY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8230.988" dur="6.774">FIGHT THE VIRUS, A STRATEGY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8233.224" dur="6.306">WILL ALLOW ALL OF US TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8235.893" dur="5.473">GRADUALLY GET BACK TO WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8237.862" dur="6.34">FOR THAT TO HAPPEN WE'LL NEED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8239.63" dur="5.139">SCALE UP OUR ABILITY TO RAPIDLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8241.466" dur="5.071">TEST FOR THE VIRUS AS THEY HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8244.302" dur="3.971">IN SOUTH KOREA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8244.869" dur="6.807">SO WE HAVE A SENSE OF WHERE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8246.637" dur="6.741">VIRUS IS AND WHERE WE MUST KEEP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8248.373" dur="5.839">IT CONTAINED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8251.776" dur="3.871">ALREADY AMERICA'S PUBLIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8253.478" dur="4.638">LABORATORIES AND COMPANIES ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8254.312" dur="4.071">RISING TO THE CHALLENGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8255.747" dur="4.371">PROCESSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8258.216" dur="5.472">TESTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8258.483" dur="8.875">BUT OUR ABILITY TO TEST MUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8260.218" dur="8.008">GROW EVEN FASTER AND IT IS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8263.788" dur="6.173">WE'LL NEED MASKS, TOO, MILLIONS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8267.458" dur="4.371">OF THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8268.326" dur="4.471">AND WE'LL NEED LOCAL PERSONNEL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8270.061" dur="5.138">TRAINED AND PREPARED TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8271.929" dur="5.339">WIDESPREAD CONTACT TRACING FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8272.897" dur="5.973">THOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8275.299" dur="5.539">WE'LL HAVE TO DEVELOP PROCEDURES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8277.368" dur="5.372">FOR STRICT QUARANTINES OF THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8278.97" dur="7.941">WHO TEST POSSIBLE OR THOSE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8280.938" dur="7.742">HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8282.84" dur="6.841">WITH ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BREAKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8287.011" dur="4.672">QUARANTINE AND ENDANGERING OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8288.78" dur="4.604">FELLOW CITIZENS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8289.781" dur="5.272">ONCE THESE ELEMENTS ARE IN PLACE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8291.783" dur="5.105">AND THE FIRST WAVE OF THIS VIRUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8293.484" dur="7.408">IS PASSED, THEN WE'LL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8295.153" dur="8.141">PREPARED TO REOPEN OUR CITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8296.988" dur="8.342">AND COMMUNITIES WHILE REMAINING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8300.992" dur="6.406">VIGILANT BUT NEW OUTBREAKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8303.394" dur="5.873">THESE PREPARATIONS WILL ENSURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8305.43" dur="6.072">WE'RE READY TO SUSTAIN OUR WAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8307.498" dur="7.441">OF LIFE UNTIL OUR SCIENTISTS CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8309.367" dur="7.307">CREATE WHAT WE SO DAS SEPARATELY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8311.602" dur="6.006">NEED -- WE SO DESPERATELY NEED,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8315.039" dur="4.238">THERAPEUTIC DRUGS AND ULTIMATELY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8316.774" dur="4.738">A VACCINE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8317.708" dur="5.272">A VACCINE MAY TAKE A YEAR OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8319.377" dur="5.472">MORE BEFORE IT'S AVAILABLE, BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8321.612" dur="5.339">THESE OTHER INTERMEDIATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8323.08" dur="5.94">PRECAUTIONS MUST GO INTO EFFECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8324.949" dur="5.606">MUCH, MUCH FASTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8327.051" dur="7.641">AMERICA MUST INDEED REOPEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8329.12" dur="8.909">WHEN WE DO, THESE DECISIONS MUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8330.655" dur="7.841">BE BASED ON LOCAL CONDITIONS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8334.792" dur="6.106">NOT AN ARBITRARY NATIONWIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8338.129" dur="4.037">TIMELINE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8338.596" dur="3.904">OUR GOVERNORS AND MAYORS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8340.998" dur="6.407">UNDERSTAND THEIR LOCAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8342.266" dur="6.107">CONDITIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8342.6" dur="6.974">THEY CAN MAKE GRADUAL ROLLING,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8347.505" dur="4.037">CALIBRATED DECISIONS IN A WAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8348.473" dur="8.174">THAT IS RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8349.674" dur="8.608">TOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8351.642" dur="10.144">VIRUS ARE READY AND AVAILABLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8356.747" dur="7.141">WHAT I'VE OUTLINED MAY SEEM LIKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8358.382" dur="9.176">A DAUNTING, EVEN AN IMPOSSIBLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8361.886" dur="6.106">CHALLENGE, BUT OUR NATION HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8363.988" dur="5.773">OVERCOME FAR GREATER CHALLENGES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8367.658" dur="4.739">BEFORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8368.092" dur="6.273">ALREADY AMERICA IS RISING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8369.861" dur="6.84">TAKE ON THE CHINA VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8372.497" dur="5.906">THE GIANT OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8374.465" dur="4.005">IS WAKENING, RETOOLING OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8376.801" dur="5.472">FACTORIES TO JOIN THIS FIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8378.536" dur="6.54">JUST AS WE DID DURING WORLD WAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8382.373" dur="5.606">II.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8382.974" dur="7.808">NEVER BET AGAINST AMERICA'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8385.176" dur="8.041">WORKERS AND AMERICAN INGENUITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8388.079" dur="5.505">AND ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8390.882" dur="4.471">AMERICANS ARE SPRINGING INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8393.317" dur="3.671">ACTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8393.684" dur="5.072">WE KNOW THE VITAL ROLE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8395.453" dur="5.072">DOCTORS AND NURSES WILL PLAY IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8397.088" dur="6.34">THE COMING MONTHS ALONGSIDE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8398.856" dur="6.974">FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR FACTORY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8400.625" dur="8.208">WORKERS AND FARMERS, OUR GROCERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8403.528" dur="6.172">AND ON DOWN THE LIST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8405.93" dur="5.506">ASK YOURSELF NOW HOW CAN YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8408.933" dur="3.971">HELP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8409.8" dur="5.773">CAN YOU KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8411.536" dur="8.742">THOSE MOST AT RISK REALIZING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8413.004" dur="8.475">THAT THE CHINA VIRUS PREYS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8415.673" dur="7.441">OUR MOST EARNEST DESIRES, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8420.378" dur="3.67">SOCIETY AND COMPANIONSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8421.579" dur="4.238">CAN YOU OFFER A CHARITY FOR A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8423.214" dur="3.937">FRIEND IN NEED?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8424.148" dur="4.438">CAN YOU PICK UP GROCERIES FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8425.917" dur="4.07">YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOR?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8427.251" dur="4.371">CAN YOU KEEP YOUR WORKERS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8428.686" dur="4.638">PAYROLL AN BENEFITS JUST A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8430.087" dur="5.706">LITTLE LONGER UNTIL OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8431.722" dur="4.872">LEGISLATION KICKS IN?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8433.424" dur="5.706">CAN YOU POSTPONE YOUR TENANT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8435.893" dur="5.873">RENT FOR A MONTH?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8436.694" dur="6.173">CAN YOU PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8439.23" dur="5.305">OUR NATION AND THE WORLD?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8441.866" dur="5.405">THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8442.967" dur="6.74">THINGS WE MUST DO AS A COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8444.635" dur="5.305">TO MAKE REOPENING POSSIBLE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8447.371" dur="5.339">LIFE BEARABLE IN THE MONTHS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8449.807" dur="4.772">AHEAD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8450.041" dur="6.706">WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER SO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8452.81" dur="8.042">WE'LL NEED TO HAVE EACH OTHER'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8454.679" dur="7.14">BEST INTERESTS AT HEART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8456.847" dur="7.308">MANY YEARS OF COMFORT AND EASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8460.952" dur="7.007">HAVE PERHAPS CONDITIONED US TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8461.919" dur="10.778">ASK ONLY WHAT WE'RE FREE TO DO,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8464.255" dur="9.876">NOT WHAT WE'RE CALLED TO DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8468.059" dur="7.374">THE OLD DISOPINIONS OF PERIL AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8472.797" dur="5.972">PRIVATION THREATEN TO RETURN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8474.231" dur="4.772">WE'LL NEED OLD NOTIONS OF DUTY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8475.533" dur="6.006">TO MAINTAIN ORDER IN THE FACE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8478.869" dur="5.206">THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8479.103" dur="6.273">THE DARKEST DAYS OF THIS CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8481.639" dur="6.306">ARE IN ALL LIKELIHOOD STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8484.175" dur="7.04">AHEAD OF US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8485.476" dur="8.342">LET US FACE UP TO THEM BRAVELY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8488.045" dur="7.675">LET US ACKNOWLEDGE THE TROUBLES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8491.315" dur="6.24">AHEAD AND LET US DEVOTE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8493.918" dur="7.975">WHOLE ENERGY TO WINNING THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8495.82" dur="7.14">BATTLE QUICKLY SO THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8497.655" dur="8.542">NORMAL LIFE OF OUR NATION CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8501.993" dur="26.092">RESUME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8503.06" dur="25.726">MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8506.297" dur="23.257">FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8528.185" dur="6.807">A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8528.887" dur="6.906">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8529.654" dur="10.477">SENATOR FROM TEXAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8535.092" dur="7.842">MR. CORNYN: MR. PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8535.893" dur="9.376">DURING TIMES OF DISASTER, CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8540.231" dur="6.807">OR HARDSHIP, I AM -- I NEVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8543.034" dur="5.539">FAILED TO BE INSPIERPED BY THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8545.369" dur="4.838">-- INSPIRED BY THE GENEROSITY OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8547.138" dur="5.038">AMERICANS, INCLUDING FOLKS IN MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8548.673" dur="4.905">HOME STATE OF TEXAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8550.307" dur="6.274">I THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8552.276" dur="7.074">TOGETHER IN THE WAKE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8553.678" dur="7.807">HURRICANE HARVEY, TO LEAD SEARCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8556.681" dur="7.407">AND RESCUE OPERATIONS, CLEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8559.45" dur="7.074">DEBRIS, AND REBUILD COMMUNITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8561.585" dur="6.574">AND LIVES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8564.188" dur="6.273">WE SAW STRANGERS FORMING HUMAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8566.624" dur="5.706">CHAINS TO RESCUE A DRIVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8568.259" dur="6.106">TRAPPED IN A CAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8570.561" dur="7.408">RESTAURANTS OFFERING FREE MEALS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8572.43" dur="8.641">TO FIRST RESPONDERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8574.465" dur="9.443">AND A HOUSTON LEGEND KNOWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8578.069" dur="7.707">AAFFECTIONATELY AS MATTRESS MACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8581.171" dur="5.94">OPENING HIS FURNITURE STORES FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8584.008" dur="5.205">THOSE WHO NEEDED SHELTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8585.876" dur="8.075">ONE VOLUNTEER SAID I'VE MET MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8587.211" dur="7.207">OF MY NEIGHBORS IN THE LAST 24</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8589.313" dur="6.373">HOURS THAN I HAVE IN THE LAST 20</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8594.051" dur="3.404">YEARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8594.518" dur="5.706">WELL, THESE HEART WARMING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8595.786" dur="6.841">STORIES OF TEXANS LENDING A HAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8597.555" dur="6.706">TO ONE ANOTHER ARE A SOURCE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8600.324" dur="5.773">COMFORT, EVEN DURING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8602.727" dur="4.804">TOUGHEST TIMES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8604.361" dur="5.906">RIGHT NOW WHEN EXTENDING A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8606.197" dur="7.274">PHYSICAL HAND IS ONE OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8607.631" dur="8.242">WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8610.367" dur="7.074">IT VIOLATES SOCIAL DISTANCING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8613.571" dur="5.172">RULES, THERE'S TIL PLENTY OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8615.973" dur="3.904">NEIGHBORS -- THERE'S STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8617.541" dur="3.971">PLENTY OF NEIGHBORS HELPING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8618.843" dur="4.871">THEIR NEIGHBORS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8619.977" dur="5.939">FOLKS IN TEXAS LIKE AROUND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8621.612" dur="6.607">COUNTRY ARE STAYING HOME TO KEEP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8623.814" dur="7.942">THEMSELVES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8626.016" dur="6.007">SAFE, AND WE'RE SEEING NEW AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8628.319" dur="7.241">CREATIVE MEANS OF SUPPORTING ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8631.856" dur="6.506">ANOTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8632.123" dur="8.074">FOR EXAMPLE, A NUMBER OFTILRIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8635.66" dur="6.706">ACROSS -- OF DISTILLERIES ACROSS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8638.462" dur="4.238">THE STATE HAVE SWITCHED FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8640.297" dur="4.872">MAKING VODKA OR WHISKEY TO HAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8642.466" dur="4.205">SANITIZER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8642.8" dur="5.272">WITH DEMANDS SURGING AND HAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8645.269" dur="5.005">SANITIZER IN SHORT SUPPLY, MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8646.771" dur="6.139">AND MORE HOSPITALS ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8648.172" dur="9.076">STRUGGLING TO KEEP IT IN STOCK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8650.374" dur="9.676">AND THESE DISTILLERIES ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8653.01" dur="9.51">STEPPING UP TO FILL THE VOID.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8657.348" dur="11.178">JONATHAN LOCKRIDGE IS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8660.15" dur="10.478">HEADTILRY AND COFOUNDER OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8662.62" dur="10.544">EN ROUTE REPUBLICTILRY IN </text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8668.626" dur="4.771">DENSON, TEXAS AND THEY SAID THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8670.728" dur="4.271">GOT A CALL ASKING IF THEY COULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8673.264" dur="4.004">HELP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8673.498" dur="8.241">OF COURSE HE SAID YES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8675.099" dur="8.475">BUT BUSINESSES LIKE THIS AREN'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8677.368" dur="8.342">ALONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8681.839" dur="5.272">H.E.B., A GROCERY CHAIN, HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8683.674" dur="7.408">TAKEN STEPS TO MAKE SHOPPING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8685.81" dur="7.307">EASIER FOR SENIORS WHO ARE AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8687.211" dur="5.973">MOST RISK IF THEY CONTRACT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8691.182" dur="4.204">CORONAVIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8693.25" dur="6.14">H.B.P. PARTNERED TO TAKE GROCERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8695.486" dur="5.806">DELIVERY, A SERVICE MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8697.655" dur="3.937">AMERICANS ALREADY UTILIZE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8699.49" dur="3.237">MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8701.392" dur="2.536">SENIORS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8701.692" dur="3.404">THEY COULD PICK UP THE PHONE,</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="8705.196" dur="5.672">TO THEIR FRONT DOOR WITHIN A FEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8707.264" dur="5.473">HOURS, ALL WITHOUT HAVING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8708.566" dur="6.106">LEAVE HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8710.968" dur="6.774">WE'VE ALSO SEEN OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8712.837" dur="5.272">ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO ADAPT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8714.772" dur="5.205">TO THESE CHALLENGING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8717.842" dur="3.536">CIRCUMSTANCES.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="8720.077" dur="6.54">GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERED WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8721.478" dur="7.341">THE HOUSTON FOOD BANK TO OPEN A</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="8726.717" dur="7.141">FAMILIES CAN GET A WHOLE WEEK'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8728.919" dur="7.208">WORTH OF HEALTHY MEALS WITHOUT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="8733.958" dur="6.072">OF COURSE, IT'S NOT JUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8736.227" dur="6.907">BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8738.629" dur="8.709">ARE HELPING OUT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8740.13" dur="8.643">PEOPLE ARE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8743.234" dur="7.641">PEOPLE ARE DONATING BLOOD TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8747.438" dur="5.272">ALLEVIATE THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8748.873" dur="7.641">THAT HOSPITALS ARE FACING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8750.975" dur="7.741">AND ALL OF US SHOULD CONSIDER IF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8752.81" dur="7.44">WE CAN DONATING BLOOD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8756.614" dur="5.539">THEY'RE LEAVING NOTE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8758.816" dur="3.704">NEIGHBORS' MAILBOXES OFFERING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8760.35" dur="5.173">RUN ERRANDS AND PICK UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8762.253" dur="6.039">SUPPLIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8762.62" dur="8.875">ON SOCIAL MEDIA SCHOOL TEACHERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8765.623" dur="7.507">THAT ARE AT HOME ARE OFFERING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8768.392" dur="6.84">HELP PARENTS WITH THEIR MATH,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8771.595" dur="5.839">SCIENCE, OR OTHER SUBJECTS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8773.23" dur="7.141">THEY MAY BE STRUGGLING TO TEACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8775.332" dur="7.775">THEIR KIDS WHILE THEY'RE AT HOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8777.534" dur="8.709">AND NOT AT SCHOOL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8780.471" dur="8.308">NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8783.207" dur="6.873">FRIENDS HELPING STRANGERS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8786.343" dur="6.173">TEXANS HELPING TEXANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8788.879" dur="5.839">THAT'S ONE THING I LOVE ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8790.18" dur="7.742">THIS GREAT COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8792.616" dur="7.675">OUR COMMUNITIES ALWAYS JUMP INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8794.818" dur="8.776">ACTION TO HELP ANY WAY THEY CAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8798.022" dur="8.241">THEY DO WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8800.391" dur="9.309">A CRISIS AND KEEP ONE ANOTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8803.694" dur="7.407">SAFE AND HEALTHY UNTIL WE EMERGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8806.363" dur="8.142">ON THE OTHER SIDE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8809.8" dur="6.807">MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S TIME FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8811.201" dur="7.008">SENATE TO DO ITS PART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8814.605" dur="6.406">THERE'S BEEN NO EVENT IN MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8816.707" dur="7.307">LIFETIME THAT HAS HAD THIS BIG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8818.309" dur="7.541">AN IMPACT ON THE PHYSICAL AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8821.111" dur="9.143">ECONOMIC HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8824.114" dur="8.676">EVERY DAY WE LEARN ABOUT MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8825.95" dur="7.174">NEW CASES, RISING UNEMPLOYMENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8830.354" dur="4.738">AND UNPRECEDENTED MARKET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8832.89" dur="5.872">VOLATILITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8833.224" dur="8.408">WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8835.192" dur="8.075">AND TO ACT QUICKLY IN RESPONSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8838.862" dur="5.606">TO THIS DUELING CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8841.732" dur="5.305">ALREADY WE WERE ABLE TO WORK AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8843.367" dur="5.205">SEND TWO BILLS TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8844.568" dur="5.372">PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8847.137" dur="4.305">THE FIRST SENT VITAL SUPPORT TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8848.672" dur="4.838">HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8850.04" dur="4.872">FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE DOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8851.542" dur="5.672">EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO TREAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8853.61" dur="6.14">PATIENTS AND PREPARE FOR MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8855.012" dur="8.342">CASES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8857.314" dur="7.675">WE ALSO PROVIDED INITIAL FUNDING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8859.85" dur="9.276">FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8863.454" dur="8.074">CLINICAL TRIALS, AND MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8865.089" dur="7.274">DIAGNOSTIC TESTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8869.226" dur="4.505">THE SECOND BILL WE PASSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8871.628" dur="3.504">FOCUSED MORE ON THE SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8872.463" dur="3.069">BUSINESSES AND THE INDIVIDUAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8873.831" dur="3.003">WORKERS WHO ARE IMPACTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8875.232" dur="3.003">ECONOMICALLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8875.632" dur="3.971">IT INCLUDED CHANGES IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8876.934" dur="5.172">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8878.335" dur="7.174">THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES OUT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8879.703" dur="8.008">A JOB CAN PROMPTLY TAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8882.206" dur="6.54">ADVANTAGE OF THESE BENEFITS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8885.609" dur="4.305">AND MADE PAID SICK AND FAMILY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8887.811" dur="4.405">LEAVE AVAILABLE FOR WORKERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8888.846" dur="4.671">IMPACTED BY THE VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8890.014" dur="4.938">THAT'S WHAT WE DID IN THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8892.316" dur="4.137">FIRST TWO BILLS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8893.617" dur="4.905">WERE THEY PERFECT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8895.052" dur="4.972">WELL, NO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8896.553" dur="5.773">THE SECOND BILL IN PARTICULAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8898.622" dur="5.072">FELL SHORT IN A NUMBER OF AREAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8900.124" dur="6.206">IT WAS LARGELY NEGOTIATED BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8902.426" dur="6.974">SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8903.794" dur="7.241">MNUCHIN AND SPEAKER PELOSI.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8906.43" dur="5.873">BUT WE DECIDED THAT IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8909.5" dur="2.87">INTEREST OF THE GREATER GOOD AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8911.135" dur="2.903">THE COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8912.436" dur="6.406">WERE HURTING DURING THIS CRISIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8914.138" dur="6.239">THAT WE IN THE SENATE WOULD PASS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8916.54" dur="5.472">IT EXPEDITIOUSLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8918.942" dur="4.105">AS THE SAYING GOES, YOU CAN'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8920.477" dur="4.638">LET THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="8923.147" dur="6.473">WE ACTED QUICKLY TO GET BOTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8925.215" dur="8.609">BILLS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8928.018" dur="7.908">BECAUSE THE CIRCUMSTANCES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8929.72" dur="7.274">DEMANDED IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8933.924" dur="5.539">SADLY, OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8936.026" dur="5.406">OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8937.094" dur="7.674">OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN OBLIVIOUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8939.563" dur="7.174">TO THE SENSE OF URGENCY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8941.532" dur="7.741">EVERY OTHER AMERICAN SEEMS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8944.868" dur="5.706">UNDERSTAND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8946.837" dur="5.672">AFTER THE ORIGINAL INTENSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8949.373" dur="4.538">BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS, WE WERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8950.674" dur="5.539">FINALIZING A THIRD RELIEF BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8952.609" dur="3.904">WHICH INCLUDED BY DEFINITION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8954.011" dur="3.837">IDEAS FROM BOTH REPUBLICANS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8956.313" dur="4.638">DEMOCRATS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8956.613" dur="7.141">WE WERE OPTIMISTIC THAT WE WOULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8957.948" dur="7.708">BE ABLE TO TAKE UP AND PASS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8961.051" dur="6.907">BILL ON SUNDAY, OR AT LEAST GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8963.854" dur="5.806">IT STARTED AND PASS THE BILL ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8965.756" dur="5.071">MONDAY, BUT CLEARLY THAT DIDN'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8968.058" dur="5.372">HAPPEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8969.76" dur="8.008">OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8970.927" dur="10.445">BLOCKED US FROM EVEN DEBATING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8973.53" dur="9.677">THE BILL, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8977.868" dur="7.307">THE MINORITY LEADER SAID THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8981.472" dur="4.17">BILL, WHICH HIS MEMBERS HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8983.307" dur="3.87">HELPED WRITE, WASN'T GOOD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8985.275" dur="4.205">ENOUGH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8985.742" dur="4.905">HE SPENT THE NEXT THREE DAYS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8987.277" dur="6.34">TRYING TO CHANGE THE BILL TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8989.58" dur="6.072">INCLUDE PROVISIONS THAT HE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8990.747" dur="6.173">THOUGHT WERE MORE IMPORTANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8993.717" dur="5.706">PRIORITIES DURING A NATIONAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8995.752" dur="7.008">EMERGENCY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8997.02" dur="6.707">THINGS LIKE TAX CREDITS FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="8999.523" dur="5.138">SOLAR PANELS AND TIGHTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9002.86" dur="2.869">EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9003.827" dur="4.505">AIRLINES, PROPOSALS THAT HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9004.761" dur="7.008">ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9005.829" dur="7.775">THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9008.432" dur="6.74">AFTER A FEW INCREDULOUS DAYS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9011.869" dur="5.272">AMERICA WOKE UP TO THE NEWS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9013.704" dur="5.839">TODAY THAT OUR DEMOCRATIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9015.272" dur="6.573">COLLEAGUES ARE FINALLY READY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9017.241" dur="4.871">STOP THIS POSTURING AND THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9019.643" dur="4.972">OBSTRUCTION AND TO GET THIS JOB</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9021.945" dur="6.073">DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9022.212" dur="8.609">AFTER BLOCKING THIS BILL TWICE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9024.715" dur="8.542">AND HOLDING UP THIS EMERGENCY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9028.118" dur="5.572">LIFELINE, HERE'S WHAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9030.921" dur="5.305">MINORITY LEADER CLAIMS IS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9033.357" dur="4.471">VICTORY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9033.79" dur="6.073">HE SAYS THE DEMOCRATS EXPANDED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9036.326" dur="6.307">UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9037.928" dur="6.039">LAID OFF WORKERS AND THOSE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9039.963" dur="5.039">ARE SELF-EMPLOYED, BUT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9042.733" dur="4.171">MR. PRESIDENT, AS WE ALL KNOW,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9044.067" dur="5.573">THAT WAS ALREADY PART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9045.102" dur="5.072">BILL THAT HAD BEEN NEGOTIATED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9047.004" dur="4.571">BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9049.74" dur="5.072">REPUBLICANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9050.274" dur="5.672">THEN THE MINORITY LEADER SAID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9051.675" dur="5.205">AMERICANS WILL GET DIRECT AID,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9054.912" dur="4.804">BUT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9056.046" dur="6.24">THAT FOR WEEKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9056.98" dur="7.475">THAT WAS PART OF THE BILL THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9059.816" dur="6.24">DEMOCRATS BLOCKED TWICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9062.386" dur="4.972">AND LET'S GET THIS -- LET'S BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9064.555" dur="5.071">CLEAR ABOUT THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9066.156" dur="6.006">HERE WE ARE, MEMBERS OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9067.458" dur="7.007">UNITED STATES CONGRESS, GETTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9069.726" dur="7.174">A PAYCHECK, AND THEY HAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9072.262" dur="6.106">TEMERITY TO BLOCK TWO TIMES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9074.565" dur="6.74">EMERGENCY AID TO PEOPLE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9077" dur="6.34">AREN'T -- WHO HAVE NO INCOME AT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9078.468" dur="6.474">ALL THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9081.405" dur="5.605">OWN?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9083.44" dur="5.205">IT'S OUTRAGEOUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9085.042" dur="5.839">THEN THE MINORITY LEADER SAID HE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9087.11" dur="6.84">SECURED UNPRECEDENTED AID FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9088.745" dur="7.174">AMERICA'S HOSPITALS, BUT AS IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9090.981" dur="8.675">TURNS OUT THAT WAS PART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9094.05" dur="8.476">BILL DEMOCRATS BLOCKED TWICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9096.019" dur="7.775">IT WAS THE SUBJECT OF BIPARTISAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9099.756" dur="8.876">NEGOTIATIONS, AND WE THOUGHT A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9102.626" dur="7.307">CONSENSUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9103.894" dur="7.975">WELL, THE BILL THAT DEMOCRATS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9108.732" dur="4.438">BLOCKED TWICE WAS A BIPARTISAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9110.033" dur="4.805">BILL TO BEGIN WITH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9111.969" dur="4.804">DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9113.27" dur="5.105">TOGETHER AND AGREED TO EACH OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9114.938" dur="5.039">THESE POINTS BEFORE THE FIRST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9116.873" dur="5.106">VOTES WERE CAST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9118.475" dur="4.371">THE MINORITY LEADER'S MEMBERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9120.077" dur="4.805">HAD SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9122.079" dur="5.572">NEGOTIATING WITH REPUBLICANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9122.946" dur="7.208">THAT'S HOW YOU GET THINGS DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9124.982" dur="7.574">BUT THEN HE SINGLE-HANDEDLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9127.751" dur="7.241">TRIES TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9130.254" dur="6.339">WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9132.656" dur="5.138">FOR DAYS, DEMOCRATS NEEDLESSLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9135.092" dur="4.671">BLOCKED A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9137.894" dur="7.875">THIS VIRUS AND PROTECTED OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9139.863" dur="7.808">ECONOMY IN THE PROCESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9140.997" dur="8.209">I AM ABSOLUTELY ANGRY THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9145.869" dur="6.307">CHOSE TO WASTE SO MUCH VALUABLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9147.771" dur="7.941">TIME WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9149.306" dur="9.042">DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN NEED, BUT I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9152.276" dur="7.374">AM ALSO RELIEVED THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9155.812" dur="6.173">FINALLY AGREED TO QUIT PLAYING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9158.448" dur="5.606">THEIR PARTISAN GAMES SO WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9159.75" dur="5.138">VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9162.085" dur="5.539">THIS BILL SENDS DESPERATELY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9170.727" dur="6.006">OTHER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9172.896" dur="6.974">EQUIPMENT, ONE OF THE PRIORITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9174.064" dur="6.974">MY GOVERNOR HAD MENTIONED TO ME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9176.833" dur="6.707">IT PROVIDES THE DIRECT FINANCIAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9179.97" dur="5.505">ASSISTANCE THAT WAS ALREADY IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9183.64" dur="7.207">DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE BLOCKED.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9190.947" dur="5.473">LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL GO A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9192.215" dur="5.84">LONG WAY TO THROWING THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9194.217" dur="5.139">LIFELINE TO THEM AND COVER THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9196.52" dur="5.372">RENT, GROCERIES, ELECTRIC BILLS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9198.155" dur="5.005">AND OTHER EXPENSES UNTIL THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9199.456" dur="6.006">CAN MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9201.992" dur="4.371">LIKE APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9203.26" dur="4.371">INSURANCE UNDER OUR BEEFED UP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9205.562" dur="3.437">PROVISIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9206.463" dur="3.904">THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALSO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9207.731" dur="4.972">PROVIDE RELIEF FOR SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9209.099" dur="5.272">BUSINESSES THAT ARE STRUGGLING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9210.467" dur="6.24">TO STAY AFLOAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9212.803" dur="4.504">MANY OF THESE BUSINESSES THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9214.471" dur="4.571">HAD TO SHUT -- HAVE HAD TO SHUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9216.807" dur="3.87">DOWN BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9219.142" dur="5.706">SO, AND NOW THEY NEED SOME HELP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9220.777" dur="5.206">TO MAKE SURE THAT THE JOBS THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9223.313" dur="6.006">CURRENTLY PROVIDE WILL STILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9224.948" dur="6.106">AVAILABLE WHEN WE GET TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9226.083" dur="7.707">OTHER SIDE OF THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9229.419" dur="6.64">AND PARTICULARLY WE NEED TO MAKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9231.154" dur="6.307">SURE THAT THE EMPLOYEES THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9233.89" dur="8.342">DEPEND ON AND WILL DEPEND ON IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9236.159" dur="7.341">THE FUTURE WILL STILL BE THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9237.561" dur="8.975">WHEN THEY REOPEN THEIR DOORS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9242.332" dur="7.608">BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND ECONOMIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9243.6" dur="7.841">HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY IN CRISIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9246.636" dur="6.641">THIS BOLD LEGISLATION IS OUR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9251.541" dur="6.34">I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT'S</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9256.68" dur="6.54">CLOCK FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9257.981" dur="8.676">PAST WEEK TO GET THIS BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9261.218" dur="7.574">FINALLY TO THE FLOOR, AND I LOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9263.32" dur="7.574">FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT SO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9266.757" dur="5.672">MY CONSTITUENTS, THE 29 MILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9268.892" dur="5.139">PEOPLE THAT CALL TEXAS HOME WILL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9272.529" dur="4.772">AS WE PREPARE TO PASS THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9274.131" dur="5.472">LEGISLATION AND SEND IT TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9275.332" dur="5.539">HOUSE, I URGE THEM TO ACT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9277.401" dur="5.371">QUICKLY, BUT YOU MAY RECALL,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9279.703" dur="5.105">MR. PRESIDENT, IT WAS SPEAKER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9280.971" dur="8.308">PELOSI WHO FLEW BACK INTO TOWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9282.872" dur="8.81">AFTER A WEEK-LONG RECESS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9284.908" dur="7.041">DROPPED AN 1,100-PAGE BILL AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9291.782" dur="6.406">DEMANDS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9292.049" dur="8.04">CLEARING OUT THEIR PARTISAN OR</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9298.288" dur="6.407">WELL, INCREDIBLY, NOW THAT THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9300.189" dur="5.64">HAS BEEN AN AGREEMENT HERE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9301.858" dur="5.739">THE SENATE WITH THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9307.697" dur="6.34">BACK INTO SESSION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9309.7" dur="6.272">AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9311.034" dur="6.674">A -- THEY GAVELED IN SESSION AND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9316.072" dur="5.439">WON'T BE BACK IN SESSION UNTIL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9318.308" dur="4.605">SPEAKER PELOSI HAS A HUGE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9327.217" dur="6.306">WELL HAVE TO CALL BACK INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9329.419" dur="6.907">SESSION THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9333.623" dur="6.874">WITH RESTRICTED FLIGHTS BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9336.426" dur="5.773">OF THE LACK OF DEMAND AND THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9338.862" dur="4.738">COST CUTTING THAT AIRLINES ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9340.597" dur="4.638">GOING THROUGH WITH THE CONCERNS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9343.7" dur="5.439">PLACE, MAINTAINING SOCIAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9345.335" dur="5.839">DISTANCE AND GOOD HYGIENE TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="9349.239" dur="6.773">SPEAKER PELOSI HAS CREATED A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9351.274" dur="5.906">TERRIBLE PROBLEM FOR HERSELF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9354.678" dur="3.804">BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9356.112" dur="6.14">CREATED EVEN MORE OF A PROBLEM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9357.28" dur="6.607">FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9358.582" dur="6.807">BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9362.352" dur="4.471">PASSED OUT OF THE SENATE TODAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9363.987" dur="4.438">AND OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9365.489" dur="6.106">PRESIDENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9366.923" dur="6.273">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9368.525" dur="6.874">DEPENDING ON US TO RESPOND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9371.695" dur="8.776">RESPONSIBLY IN A BIPARTISAN WAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9373.296" dur="7.175">DURING AN EMERGENCY LIKE THIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="9375.499" dur="4.972">AND WE CANNOT LET THEM DOWN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10100.923" dur="3.938">MRS. BLACKBURN: MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10101.858" dur="4.571">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10102.491" dur="4.472">SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10104.961" dur="3.336">MRS. BLACKBURN: ARE WE IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10106.529" dur="3.47">QUORUM CALL?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10107.063" dur="4.271">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: NO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10108.397" dur="4.772">MRS. BLACKBURN: WE ARE NOT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10110.099" dur="4.738">THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10111.434" dur="6.84">YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO SAY LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10113.269" dur="9.61">NIGHT WAS AN UNUSUALLY LATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10114.937" dur="10.544">NIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON AND WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10118.374" dur="7.407">WERE ALL IMPATIENT, OUR STAFF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10122.979" dur="4.337">WAS IMPATIENT, AND THE PRESS WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10125.581" dur="5.406">IMPATIENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10125.881" dur="9.31">AND AS WE TALKED TO PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10127.416" dur="9.11">ACROSS THE STATE, WHAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10131.087" dur="8.508">REALIZED WAS THEY'VE LONG BEEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10135.291" dur="8.008">RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10136.626" dur="9.676">I TALKED ABOUT IT FOR SOME TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10139.695" dur="9.31">ON THE FLOOR BUT FOR THE HOURLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10143.399" dur="8.242">WORKER, FACTORY WORKER,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10146.402" dur="7.808">SONGWRITER, GIG WORKER, THEY'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10149.105" dur="7.007">BEEN TELLING ME THEY ARE RUNNING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10151.741" dur="6.039">OUT OF TIME AND THEY HAVE JUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10154.31" dur="3.737">BEEN REALLY ANXIOUS FOR WHAT WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10156.212" dur="4.671">GOING TO COME ABOUT OUT OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10157.88" dur="5.172">CHAMBER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10158.147" dur="7.141">AND I KNOW THAT IN THE DAYS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10160.983" dur="6.273">WEEKS AHEAD, AS WE WORK THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10163.152" dur="6.006">GETTING RELIEF TO COMMUNITIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10165.388" dur="4.738">AND INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10167.356" dur="6.506">BUSINESS OWNERS AND LARGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10169.258" dur="6.674">COMPANIES, THAT THERE'S GOING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10170.226" dur="7.574">BE A LOT OF BLAME THAT IS GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10173.962" dur="5.64">TO BE THROWN AROUND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10176.032" dur="5.272">THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10177.9" dur="6.006">ARE GOING TO BLAME POLITICIANS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10179.702" dur="4.671">THERE ARE OTHERS THAT ARE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10181.404" dur="5.005">TO BLAME THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10184.006" dur="5.005">STRUCTURED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10184.473" dur="4.805">THERE ARE OTHERS STILL WHO ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10186.509" dur="7.674">GOING TO BLAME THE HEALTH CARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10189.378" dur="10.778">BUT I WILL TELL YOU I THINK THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10194.283" dur="10.311">THERE IS A NECESSITY TO HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10197.019" dur="11.979">DISCUSSION ABOUT WHY WE DO HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10200.256" dur="10.877">THIS CURRENT CRISIS, AND IT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10204.694" dur="8.174">BECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10212.968" dur="6.707">THAT LEADERSHIP IN BEIJING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10214.537" dur="7.24">AND WE HAVE GONE ROUND AND ROUND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10217.306" dur="6.907">WITH ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10219.775" dur="7.742">POINT AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10221.877" dur="10.244">POINT OUT THAT WHEN WE SAY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10224.313" dur="10.044">CHINA IS TO BLAME FOR THE SPREAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10227.617" dur="11.678">OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10232.221" dur="8.976">CALL COVID-19, WE DO NOT MEAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10234.457" dur="8.975">THE CHINESE PEOPLE AS A WHOLE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10239.395" dur="4.872">BUT YET WE HAVE SOME THAT DO NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10241.297" dur="4.938">WANT TO SAY THIS IS WHERE IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10243.532" dur="6.006">CAME FROM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10244.367" dur="9.242">I THINK WE SHOULD STOP THAT AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10246.335" dur="10.044">WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10249.638" dur="8.609">DECISIONS BASED ON FACT, WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10253.709" dur="6.14">DECISIONS THAT ARE BASED ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10256.479" dur="6.673">DATA, AND WE NEED TO BEGIN TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10258.347" dur="5.906">COLLECT THOSE FACTS AND TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10259.949" dur="8.075">COLLECT THAT DATA AS IT PERTAINS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10263.252" dur="6.073">TO THIS DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10264.353" dur="8.275">THIS IS HOW WE GET TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10268.124" dur="7.541">ANTIVIRALS, THIS IS HOW WE GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10269.425" dur="10.31">TO HAVING A VACCINE, AND IT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10272.728" dur="9.076">HOW WE LOOK AT LESSONS LEARNED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10275.765" dur="8.642">SO THAT WE DON'T GO BACK THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10279.835" dur="5.906">THIS AGAIN, SO THAT WE PLAN TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10284.507" dur="3.236">OCCURRENCES THAT WILL COME OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10285.841" dur="6.44">WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10286.075" dur="8.975">AND AS WE TALK ABOUT FACTS, WE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10292.381" dur="8.142">IN WUHAN, CHINA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10295.15" dur="5.74">FROM THERE IT SPREAD RAPIDLY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10297.953" dur="5.973">IT HAS HAD DEVASTATING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10300.623" dur="5.639">CONSEQUENCES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10300.99" dur="7.507">THE ECONOMY IS CRUMBLING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10304.026" dur="6.373">WE'RE WORKING DESPERATELY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10306.362" dur="5.706">SHORE IT UP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10308.597" dur="6.44">INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10312.168" dur="7.841">I TALKED TO ONE TENNESSEAN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10315.137" dur="5.139">MORNING WHO SAID, I'M HAPPY TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10317.006" dur="6.139">REPORT MY HUSBAND IS COMING BACK</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10320.376" dur="9.609">HE HAS BEEN SUFFERING FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10323.245" dur="8.342">LAST MANY DAYS WITH COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10328.383" dur="4.906">WE'VE GOT WORLD -- THE WORLD'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10330.085" dur="7.174">HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10331.687" dur="5.906">WHAT ARE THEY DOING?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10333.389" dur="9.643">THEY ARE WORKING TO THE POINT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10337.359" dur="9.376">EXHAUSTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10337.693" dur="11.545">AND WHAT YOU HAVE IS BEIJING'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10343.132" dur="6.84">RECKLESS COMMUNIST DOGMA AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10346.835" dur="5.273">THEY ARE TRYING TO BLAME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10349.338" dur="5.172">EVERYBODY ELSE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10350.072" dur="7.107">AND TODAY WE ARE GOING TO MOVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10352.208" dur="9.309">FORWARD WITH THE RESCUE PACKAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10354.61" dur="6.974">THIS IS THE PHASE THREE PACKAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10357.279" dur="4.605">IT IS THE FOURTH TRANCHE OF</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10361.984" dur="5.706">I'M INCLUDING IN THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10363.752" dur="6.107">PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10365.154" dur="5.072">DECLARATION, WHICH PUT ABOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10367.79" dur="4.671">$50 BILLION TOWARDS FIGHTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10369.959" dur="5.305">THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10370.326" dur="7.14">AND AS WE DO THIS AND AS WE SAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10372.561" dur="7.308">WHAT IS OUR WAY FORWARD ON -- ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10375.364" dur="7.908">ADDRESSING THIS, WHAT WE HAVE DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10377.566" dur="6.941">IS REALIZE THAT OUR RELATIONSHIP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10379.969" dur="6.773">WITH CHINA IS GOING TO NEED TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10383.372" dur="7.241">CHANGE AND CHANGE FOR THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10386.842" dur="8.241">THERE IS NO DENYING THAT THE WAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10390.713" dur="5.072">THEY HAVE CONDUCTED THEMSELVES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10392.815" dur="5.305">HAS PUT THAT RELATIONSHIP ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10395.183" dur="8.076">DANGEROUS GROUND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10395.885" dur="8.875">AND TODAY I INVITE MY COLLEAGUES</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10403.359" dur="5.138">RESOLUTION 553 AND ACKNOWLEDGE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10407.096" dur="7.141">SPREAD MISINFORMATION TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10412.234" dur="6.207">COVID-19 AND BASELESSLY DENIED</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10417.606" dur="4.839">TRANSMISSION OF THE DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10418.541" dur="5.338">THEY REFUSED TO COOPERATE WITH</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10422.545" dur="4.037">AUTHORITIES, INCLUDING THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10424.246" dur="5.472">DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10426.682" dur="4.271">OUTBREAK, THEY CENSORED DOCTORS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10428.584" dur="4.738">AND JOURNALISTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10429.818" dur="5.773">WE ALL REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10435.691" dur="9.376">AND ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10438.394" dur="7.14">THEY MALICIOUSLY IGNORED THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10441.864" dur="5.939">HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ETHNIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10445.167" dur="2.903">MINORITIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10445.634" dur="3.537">MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS THE EASY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10447.903" dur="5.005">PART.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10448.17" dur="7.775">THE FACTS ARE THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10449.271" dur="9.977">ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ACKNOWLEDGE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10456.045" dur="6.639">THIS AS A BEGINNING BECAUSE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10459.348" dur="5.772">RESOLUTION IS, AS I SAID, IT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10461.617" dur="6.64">BICAMERAL, IT IS BIPARTISAN IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10465.22" dur="9.243">NOT TO PUSH IT FORWARD AND SEND</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10471.36" dur="7.141">HAPPENED TO CAUSE A GLOBAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10474.563" dur="7.441">PANDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10474.863" dur="8.909">AND AFTER WE ACKNOWLEDGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10478.601" dur="7.007">BEIJING'S GROSS MALFEASANCE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10482.104" dur="5.806">WE'RE GOING TO ADJUST THE WAY WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10483.872" dur="5.473">THINK ABOUT CHINA IN THE CONTEXT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10485.708" dur="5.305">OF THE ECONOMY, OF OUR NATIONAL</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10489.445" dur="4.337">RIGHTS, AND PHARMACEUTICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10491.113" dur="6.006">MANUFACTURING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10491.48" dur="7.408">WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10498.988" dur="6.573">COVID-19 SHOULD COME AS NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10501.49" dur="10.077">SURPRISE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10502.358" dur="12.879">FOR DECADES -- DECADES CHINA HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10505.661" dur="11.879">MADE A BUSINESS -- IT HAS BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10515.337" dur="4.438">VULNERABILITIES, EXPLOIT THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10517.64" dur="4.337">VULNERABILITIES AND WHAT DID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10518.641" dur="4.838">THEY TRY TO DO?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10519.875" dur="9.009">THEY TRIED TO USE THAT AS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10523.579" dur="8.508">SO IT IS TIME FOR US TO SAY NO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10528.984" dur="4.805">MORE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10529.551" dur="6.874">NOW, HERE IS ANOTHER COMPONENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10532.187" dur="6.006">I'VE TALKED ABOUT IN THIS WEEK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10533.889" dur="8.075">ON THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10536.525" dur="6.907">OUR PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10538.293" dur="8.442">ON FEBRUARY 22, 2020, THIS YEARâ– </text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10542.064" dur="5.939">THE F.D.A. ANNOUNCED THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10543.532" dur="8.108">SHORTAGE OF A DRUG USED TO TREAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10546.835" dur="7.041">VICTIMS OF COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10548.103" dur="11.345">IMAGINE THAT, THERE WAS A DRUG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10551.74" dur="10.845">SHORTAGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10553.976" dur="12.546">THEY ATTRIBUTED THE SHORTAGE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10559.548" dur="9.043">GETTING THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10562.685" dur="7.54">THIS PHARMACEUTICAL, THEY ARE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10568.691" dur="3.97">THEY COULDN'T GET IT FROM THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10570.325" dur="7.174">SITE IN CHINA WHICH IS THE SITE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10571.76" dur="6.039">THAT MANUFACTURED IT BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10572.761" dur="7.474">THAT SITE HAD BEEN AFFECTED BY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10577.599" dur="4.372">COVID-19.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10577.899" dur="5.74">SO HERE WE ARE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10580.335" dur="5.773">WE NEED THIS COMPONENT TO GO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10586.208" dur="7.608">FACTORY THAT PRODUCES THIS HAS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10592.014" dur="8.909">AND IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10593.916" dur="8.809">THIS HAS HAPPENED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10595.851" dur="9.276">IN 2016, WE SAW A SHORTAGE OF AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10601.023" dur="8.342">IMPORTANT ANTIBIOTIC WHEN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10602.825" dur="9.075">SOLE SOURCE OF ITS PRODUCTION,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10605.227" dur="11.078">THE ONLY PLACE ON THE GLOBE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10609.465" dur="9.309">PRODUCED THIS ANTIBIOTIC WAS IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10612" dur="8.476">CHINA AND THAT FACTORY WAS SHUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10616.405" dur="7.474">DOWN, COULDN'T GET IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10618.874" dur="8.642">OUR VULNERABILITY IS NOT LIMITED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10620.576" dur="11.611">TO ONE DRUG OR EVEN JUST A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10623.979" dur="11.745">HANDFUL OF DRUGS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10627.616" dur="10.01">IN 2007 AND 2008, 246 PEOPLE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10635.824" dur="9.91">BLOOD THINNER THAT CAME DIRECTLY</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10645.834" dur="6.34">THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10647.569" dur="7.174">ROUTINE INSPECTIONS DIDN'T CATCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10650.172" dur="8.709">THE CONTAMINANT AND THE DRUGS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10652.274" dur="7.908">FLOWED RIGHT INTO OUR MEDICINE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10654.843" dur="8.175">CABINETS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10658.981" dur="6.973">2010, REGULATORS ALSO FOUND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10660.282" dur="7.04">SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH BATCHES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10663.118" dur="7.041">THYROID MEDICATION, MUSCLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10666.054" dur="6.641">RELAXERS, ANTIBIOTICS, AND THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10667.422" dur="6.707">WEEK I GOT AN E-MAIL FROM A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10670.259" dur="5.472">TENNESSEAN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10672.795" dur="5.572">HE SAID I SAW WHAT YOU SAID ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10674.229" dur="7.508">THE FLOOR, AND I WANT TO LET YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10675.831" dur="10.143">KNOW I TAKE A HEART MEDICATION,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10678.467" dur="12.246">AND IT WAS JUST RECALLED BECAUSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10681.837" dur="11.511">IT CONTAINED A CARCINOGEN AND IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10686.074" dur="10.978">WAS MADE IN CHINA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10690.813" dur="8.474">THINK ABOUT THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10693.448" dur="9.11">THESE ARE THE PHARMACEUTICALS WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10697.152" dur="9.243">TAKE TO RETURN OURSELVES TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10699.387" dur="12.28">HEALTH AND WELLNESS, TO MANAGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10702.658" dur="12.512">CHRONIC CONDITIONS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10706.495" dur="12.546">AND HERE WE HAVE EXAMPLE AFTER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10711.767" dur="10.11">EXAMPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10715.27" dur="13.147">CONTAMINATED, ARE NOT WHAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10719.141" dur="9.343">ARE INTENDED TO BE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10721.977" dur="8.509">THESE ARE BASIC, COMMON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10728.55" dur="6.974">MEDICATIONS N. 2018 THE F.D.A.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10730.586" dur="8.675">RECALLED SEVERAL BLOOD PRESSURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10733.689" dur="6.706">MEDICATIONS MADE IN CHINA THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10740.495" dur="6.34">NOW, I WOULD IMAGINE THERE ARE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10742.798" dur="6.707">FEW PEOPLE THAT COME TO WORK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10743.999" dur="5.873">EVERY DAY IN THIS BUILDING THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10746.935" dur="4.972">TAKE A BLOOD PRESSURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10749.605" dur="6.973">MEDICATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10749.972" dur="10.644">WHAT IF YOU HAD BEEN TAKING ONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10752.007" dur="9.61">FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, AND IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10756.678" dur="8.909">CONTAINED THE CANCER-CAUSING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10760.716" dur="7.507">TOXINS?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10761.717" dur="6.973">AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10765.687" dur="4.972">THIS FROM THEIR PHARMACEUTICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10768.323" dur="5.739">SUPPLY CHAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10768.79" dur="5.706">IF WE ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10770.759" dur="5.139">ARE GOING TO DO SO AT OUR OWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10774.162" dur="4.572">PERIL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10774.596" dur="8.642">I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10775.998" dur="9.142">SUPPORT THE BIPARTISAN SECURING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10778.834" dur="7.741">AMERICA'S MEDICINE CABINET ACT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10783.338" dur="5.873">SENATOR MENENDEZ HAS WORKED ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10785.24" dur="4.271">THIS LEGISLATION WITH ME, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10786.675" dur="5.139">I'M GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10789.311" dur="4.404">SUPPORT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10789.611" dur="5.772">MR. PRESIDENT, YOU ARE WORKING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10791.914" dur="6.072">ON LEGISLATION THAT WOULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10793.815" dur="6.74">ADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10795.483" dur="9.177">BRING THIS PHARMACEUTICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10798.086" dur="10.311">MANUFACTURING BACK INTO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10800.655" dur="11.345">UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10804.76" dur="10.043">WE NEED TO END CHINESE CONTROL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10808.497" dur="6.64">OVER OUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10812.1" dur="4.638">THIS PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10814.903" dur="5.306">CHAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10815.237" dur="6.74">THIS MAY SEEM LIKE SOMETHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10816.838" dur="9.21">THAT IS TOO LARGE OR TOO RISKY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10820.309" dur="8.308">AN UNDERTAKING BUT WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10822.077" dur="6.607">ALREADY PAID DEARLY FOR OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10826.148" dur="3.804">RELIANCE ON CHINESE DRUG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10828.75" dur="4.238">MANUFACTURERS, AND IT'S NOT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10831.553" dur="7.608">VULNERABILITY IS LEVERAGE IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10833.088" dur="10.477">HANDS OF MADMEN IN BEIJING WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10837.125" dur="7.575">SEEK NOTHING BUT POWER AND WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10839.261" dur="8.141">GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO ACQUIRE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10843.665" dur="6.84">THAT POWER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10844.8" dur="6.005">THEY DON'T CARE WHO THEY HURT.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10850.605" dur="4.238">PANDEMIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10850.905" dur="6.674">THEY DON'T CARE IF IT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10853.041" dur="9.81">INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10854.943" dur="9.51">MAYBE EVEN THAT LOSE THEIR LIFE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10857.679" dur="9.91">AND THEY DEFY US, THEY DEFY US</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10862.951" dur="8.242">WHEN WE TRY TO STOP THEM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10864.553" dur="8.375">IT'S TIME THAT WE RISE TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10867.689" dur="6.073">CHALLENGE AND THAT WE RETURN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10871.293" dur="3.904">THIS SUPPLY CHAIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10873.028" dur="4.838">IVE YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10873.862" dur="7.441">ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10875.297" dur="6.006">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10877.966" dur="3.337">CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10888.31" dur="1.802">QUORUM CALL:</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10922.411" dur="4.271">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10923.011" dur="3.938">SENATOR FROM INDIANA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10924.446" dur="4.371">A SENATOR: ARE WE IN A QUORUM</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10927.049" dur="2.535">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: YES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10928.95" dur="2.303">MR. BRAUN: COULD WE LIFT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10929.684" dur="1.869">QUORUM CALL?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10930.285" dur="1.969">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10931.653" dur="4.038">MR. BRAUN: MR. PRESIDENT, I'VE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10932.354" dur="7.341">BEEN HERE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10933.755" dur="7.274">I KEEP MENTIONING THAT OFTEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10935.791" dur="6.74">BECAUSE WHAT A YEAR IT'S BEEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10939.795" dur="5.038">IN THAT STRETCH, THERE'S NOT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10942.631" dur="7.574">THINK THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10944.933" dur="8.075">URGENCY FOR US AS A SENATE, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10947.702" dur="5.606">THE OTHER CHAMBER TO DO THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10950.305" dur="5.739">JOB TO DELIVER FOR THE AMERICAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10953.108" dur="5.839">PEOPLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10953.408" dur="8.776">WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10956.144" dur="7.374">THAT IN BUILDING A BUSINESS OVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10959.047" dur="6.307">37, 38 YEARS, YOU'VE CONSTANTLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10962.284" dur="3.403">GOT HURDLES TO JUMP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10963.618" dur="4.472">YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW THE CLEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10965.454" dur="5.705">OUTCOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10965.787" dur="8.242">YOU TRY TO HAVE A GREAT STRATEGY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10968.19" dur="8.241">WITH GOOD IMPLEMENTATION, GOOD</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10974.129" dur="5.339">SALVATION THROUGH THICK OR THIN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10976.531" dur="7.942">WHEN IT COMES TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10978.467" dur="7.541">CORONAVIRUS, IT'S NOT LIKE WE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10984.573" dur="3.336">BUT NOTHING QUITE LIKE THIS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10986.108" dur="3.336">WHERE IT STARTED IN ANOTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10987.742" dur="7.875">COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10988.009" dur="9.443">IT'S GONE ACROSS THE WORLD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10989.544" dur="9.81">AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10995.717" dur="3.937">VECTOR INTO OUR COUNTRY, WE MAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="10997.552" dur="5.739">BE DEALING WITH IT ON A BROADER</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="10999.754" dur="4.872">I'M A GUY THAT BELIEVES IN FREE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11003.725" dur="3.637">I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN GOVERNMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11004.726" dur="5.239">HAS TO STEP IN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11005.827" dur="4.939">BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11010.065" dur="6.84">CASE.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11019.207" dur="6.874">AT EASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11020.809" dur="8.441">WE'VE INVESTED THREE, FOUR WEEKS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11024.079" dur="5.438">OF ACTUAL GUIDELINES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11026.181" dur="5.372">WE KNEW IT WAS COMING WAY BEFORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11029.35" dur="3.838">THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11029.617" dur="5.072">I AM HOPEFUL THAT WE'VE BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11036.291" dur="7.174">SO WE CAN'T RELENT ON THAT</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11040.228" dur="6.34">ON THE OTHER HAND, NEVER IN MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11043.565" dur="5.906">WILDEST DREAMS WOULD HAVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11049.571" dur="4.137">STORES FROM MY HOME -- GET</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11063.852" dur="5.939">CAME OUT HERE, MIGHT HAVE BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11067.489" dur="7.874">THAT'S A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE OF HOW</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11072.227" dur="8.275">THE HOTEL OWNER I TALKED TO, 2%</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11082.07" dur="4.438">WE WORKED THROUGH IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11082.971" dur="4.972">I THINK THAT'S BEEN THE FIRST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11084.906" dur="3.537">TIME I'VE BEEN HERE THAT ON A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11086.608" dur="4.738">LEGISLATIVE MATTER WE'VE DONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11088.043" dur="5.138">THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11088.543" dur="7.708">DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11091.446" dur="5.205">GRASSROOTS LEVEL WORKING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11093.281" dur="5.906">DELIVER WHAT I THINK IS A GOOD</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11099.287" dur="6.04">NEEDS IT THE MOST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11101.89" dur="4.471">WORK THEARS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11103.925" dur="2.703">-- WORKERS THAT HAVE BEEN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11106.461" dur="4.204">OWNERS.</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11116.605" dur="4.437">I HOPE THAT DOESN'T THWART THE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11119.441" dur="6.339">WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THIS ACROSS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11127.182" dur="8.608">WE WOULD STILL HAVE THE NATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11131.453" dur="6.073">ON HIGH ALERT ABOUT WHAT WE'RE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11135.89" dur="4.972">AND IT CAN ONLY COME FROM HERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11137.626" dur="5.038">IN THIS CASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11139.227" dur="6.373">I'M GOING TO SEGUE INTO WE NEED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11140.962" dur="7.942">TO GET THAT DONE TODAY AND I'M</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11142.764" dur="7.841">GOING TO BE FOR IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11145.7" dur="8.742">EACH STATE, EACH SENATOR, EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11149.004" dur="6.339">REPRESENTATIVE IS GOING TO HAVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11154.542" dur="4.538">OWNERS, THE INDIVIDUALS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11155.443" dur="7.207">HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11157.245" dur="8.342">AND I'VE GOT A TEAM BACK IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11159.18" dur="8.609">INDIANA THAT HAS TAKEN ON JUST A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11162.75" dur="7.175">BIG SPECTRUM OF CASE WORK, AND I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11165.687" dur="7.14">INVITE YOU WHEN THIS LEGISLATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11167.889" dur="5.272">GETS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11170.025" dur="5.539">MAKE SURE YOU REACH OUT TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11172.927" dur="4.238">OFFICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11173.261" dur="7.541">MANY OF OUR CASES REGRETTABLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11175.664" dur="5.539">HAVE BEEN ALONG THE LINES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11177.265" dur="5.306">HELPING FOLKS INTERFACE WITH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11180.902" dur="3.237">V.A.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11181.303" dur="3.703">SADLY, I WISH THERE WERE FEWER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11182.671" dur="6.473">OF THEM BUT WE'VE HAD REALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11184.239" dur="6.94">GOOD LUCK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11185.106" dur="7.475">WE INTERFACED WHEN A CRUISE SHIP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11189.244" dur="5.572">HAD HOOSIERS STRANDED AND WERE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11192.681" dur="5.405">TO MAKE SURE THEY CAME BACK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11194.916" dur="5.906">CURRENTLY DEALING WITH CASES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11196.05" dur="5.54">WHERE YOU'RE STRANDED OVERSEAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11198.186" dur="5.639">WHATEVER IT IS, COME TO OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11200.922" dur="4.738">SENATE OFFICE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11201.69" dur="4.437">WE'VE GOT A GREAT TEAM AND THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11203.925" dur="4.638">HAVE HELPED A LOT OF HOOSIERS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11206.227" dur="5.473">I WANT TO END ON A POSITIVE</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="11208.963" dur="7.441">I THINK THIS HAS GOT THE COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11211.8" dur="8.441">DOWN BECAUSE EVERYTHING YOU SEE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11213.601" dur="7.842">IS IN THE CONTEXT OF NEGATIVITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11216.504" dur="6.073">I LIKE THE FACT THAT </text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11220.341" dur="5.039">ASPIRATIONALLY MANY ARE ALREADY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11221.543" dur="5.672">TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11222.677" dur="7.608">TO DO WHEN WE COME OUT OF IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11225.48" dur="6.907">AND THROUGH PRAYERS AND THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11227.315" dur="6.674">ALL THE STUFF AMERICANS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11230.385" dur="5.339">HOOSIERS HAVE DONE, I THINK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11232.487" dur="5.139">WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT CURVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11234.089" dur="6.273">START TO FLATTEN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11235.824" dur="5.639">I LIKE THE APPROACH WE'VE TAKEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11237.726" dur="5.872">TO PUT THE EMPHASIS ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11240.462" dur="4.538">DISEASE BECAUSE UNTIL THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11241.563" dur="6.44">NUMBERS GO DOWN, NO ONE IS GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11243.698" dur="4.372">TO BE AT EASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11245.1" dur="6.072">SO AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11248.136" dur="6.54">MONDAY WAS THE FIRST THRESHOLD,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11251.273" dur="5.505">15 DAYS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11252.307" dur="5.973">WE NEED TO REASSESS, TAKE ALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11254.776" dur="5.005">THE INFORMATION WE'VE GAINED AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11256.878" dur="5.772">GATHERED, AND MAKE THE RIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11258.38" dur="5.605">DECISIONS GOING FORWARD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11259.881" dur="6.607">I TRUST OUR GOVERNORS AND OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11262.75" dur="8.242">LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11264.085" dur="8.576">COUNTRY TO DO THE SAME THING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11266.588" dur="7.674">AND WE WILL COME OUT AHEAD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11271.092" dur="4.471">WE ARE GOING TO FLATTEN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11272.761" dur="4.004">CURVE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11274.362" dur="3.837">TAKING CARE OF THE MOST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11275.663" dur="4.204">IMPORTANT THING FIRST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11276.865" dur="3.837">AND I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11278.299" dur="6.073">HERE HOPEFULLY SOONER RATHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11279.968" dur="5.572">THAN LATER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11280.802" dur="6.64">AND THEN WE ALSO NEED TO BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11284.472" dur="5.105">ASPIRATIONAL ABOUT WHAT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11285.64" dur="6.54">REALLY GOING TO GET THIS COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11287.542" dur="6.473">BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11289.677" dur="7.508">THAT'S WHEN WE CAN HAVE MAIN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11292.28" dur="7.207">STREET GOING BACK TO THE WAY IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11294.115" dur="7.474">WAS A MONTH OR TWO AGO WHEN WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11297.285" dur="4.604">CAN RECAPTURE THE BEST ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11299.587" dur="5.139">THAT WE PROBABLY EVER HAD IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11301.689" dur="3.771">HISTORY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11301.989" dur="6.274">AND I KNOW HOOSIERS WILL DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11304.826" dur="4.338">THEIR JOB.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11305.56" dur="5.939">THEY WILL BE ASPIRATIONAL AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11308.363" dur="5.439">AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11309.264" dur="7.04">WILL DO THE SAME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11311.599" dur="5.005">I YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11313.902" dur="3.303">I NOTICE THE ABSENCE OF A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11316.404" dur="5.64">QUORUM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11316.704" dur="5.34">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11317.305" dur="4.739">CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11323.445" dur="3.136">QUORUM CALL:</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11353.208" dur="2.536">A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11354.142" dur="3.17">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11355.243" dur="4.705">SENATOR FROM GEORGIA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11355.844" dur="5.772">A SENATOR: I WOULD ASK THAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11357.412" dur="4.538">QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED, PLEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11360.048" dur="2.703">THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11361.716" dur="4.371">OBJECTION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11362.05" dur="6.34">MR. PERDUE: MR. PRESIDENT, WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11362.851" dur="6.873">ON THE CUSP OF A HISTORIC BILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11366.187" dur="7.274">TODAY, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11368.49" dur="6.373">TOOK A DIFFERENT APPROACH THANKS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11369.824" dur="6.607">TO OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11373.561" dur="6.473">WHERE WE PUT THE LEADERS OF EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11374.963" dur="7.441">OF THE COMMITTEES, BOTH DEMOCRAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11376.531" dur="8.208">AND REPUBLICANS, TO FOCUS ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11380.134" dur="6.007">THEIR PORTION OF THE NEEDS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11382.504" dur="5.572">BEHIND THIS COVID-19 CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11384.839" dur="5.439">BEFORE I GET INTO MY REMARKS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11386.241" dur="7.274">TODAY, THOUGH, I WANT TO REMIND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11388.176" dur="6.84">THE COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11390.378" dur="7.007">WE HAVE SPONSORED A RESOLUTION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11393.615" dur="6.072">RECOGNIZING AND THANKING ALL THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11395.116" dur="5.906">PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11397.485" dur="5.039">STEPPING UP AND AS OTHERS HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11399.787" dur="4.572">SAID, PUT THEIR OWN HEALTH AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11401.122" dur="6.473">THEIR FAMILIES' HEALTH AT RISK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11402.624" dur="7.274">TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11404.459" dur="6.54">NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11407.695" dur="5.239">PATIENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11409.998" dur="5.605">ARE TAKEN CARE OF.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11411.099" dur="6.84">I'M TALKING ABOUT SUPPLY CHAIN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11413.034" dur="7.541">PEOPLE, HEALTH CARE WORKERS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11415.703" dur="6.373">TRANSPORTATION WORKERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11418.039" dur="6.24">ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11420.675" dur="5.472">AG INDUSTRY, ALL THE PEOPLE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11422.176" dur="5.74">THE COUNTRY WHO ARE KEEPING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11424.379" dur="4.938">ESSENTIAL NEEDS OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11426.247" dur="3.137">POPULATION GOING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11428.016" dur="3.17">WHILE RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11429.45" dur="5.172">THEY HAVE TAKEOUT SERVICE, EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11431.286" dur="5.138">HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11432.954" dur="5.305">THAT IS NOT AN EASY THING TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11434.722" dur="3.971">FOR THOSE FOLKS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11436.524" dur="3.671">IT'S A -- THEY'RE LOSING MONEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11438.359" dur="3.537">ON IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11438.793" dur="4.605">I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11440.295" dur="3.437">RECOGNIZE IN THE MIDST OF THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11441.996" dur="2.736">CRISIS HOW AMERICANS ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11443.498" dur="2.736">RESPONDING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11443.832" dur="3.637">AMERICANS ALWAYS RESPOND TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11444.832" dur="4.505">CRISIS IN A BETTER WAY THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11446.334" dur="4.705">ANYBODY ELSE IN THE HISTORY OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11447.569" dur="4.905">THE WORLD, IN MY OPINION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11449.437" dur="4.972">SOMETIMES WE'RE NOT ALWAYS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11451.139" dur="4.971">QUICKEST TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11452.574" dur="5.238">IN A CRISIS, BUT RIGHT NOW WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11454.509" dur="4.638">ARE RESPONDING TO THIS ONE RIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11456.21" dur="4.872">HERE BEFORE US.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11457.912" dur="3.637">AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11459.247" dur="4.871">PRESIDENT, I BELIEVE WE HAVE TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11461.182" dur="4.738">CRISES TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11461.649" dur="6.006">ONE IS OBVIOUSLY THE MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11464.218" dur="4.839">CRISIS, THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11466.02" dur="4.672">THAT WE NOW ARE CHARACTERIZING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11467.755" dur="4.872">AT COVID-19 VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11469.157" dur="4.471">WE NOW HOW IT ONLY NATURED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11470.792" dur="4.404">WE NOW KNOW WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11472.727" dur="5.439">ARE LEARNING THAT WHO ARE AHEAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11473.728" dur="5.539">OF US IN THE CYCLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11475.296" dur="5.673">BUT BECAUSE OF THAT WE HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11478.266" dur="3.87">CONNECTING ECONOMIC CRISIS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11479.367" dur="4.404">WE'RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11481.069" dur="3.002">THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11482.236" dur="3.371">I HOPE WE CAN GET THIS DONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11483.871" dur="2.003">TONIGHT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11484.171" dur="2.437">I DON'T SEE ANY REASON WHY WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11485.707" dur="2.135">CAN'T.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11485.974" dur="3.703">WE HAVE A DEAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11486.708" dur="4.337">THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS HERE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11487.942" dur="5.539">THE LAST HOUR, BUT I THINK WE'LL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11489.777" dur="5.406">GET THOSE DONE AND HOPEFULLY GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11491.145" dur="5.305">THIS VOTED ON TONIGHT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11493.581" dur="5.372">AS WE DEAL WITH THESE TWO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11495.283" dur="5.706">CRISES, MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S MY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11496.55" dur="6.107">SUGGESTION THAT WE LOOK AT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11499.053" dur="5.305">-- HOW READDRESS DEALING WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11501.089" dur="4.438">THIS CRISIS IN THREE FACES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11502.757" dur="4.304">RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11504.458" dur="3.805">THE FIRST PHASE AND I WOULD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11505.627" dur="3.937">CHARACTERIZE IT AS MOBILIZATION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11507.161" dur="3.404">WHERE WE'VE IDENTIFYING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11508.363" dur="3.203">SEVERITY OF THE DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11509.664" dur="3.036">WE'RE IDENTIFYING WHO IS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11510.665" dur="3.57">MOST VULNERABLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11511.666" dur="3.136">WE'RE IDENTIFYING WHAT WE NEED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11512.8" dur="3.504">TO DEAL WITH IT AND MOBILIZING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11514.335" dur="3.837">BEHIND THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11514.902" dur="4.005">WE SEE A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11516.404" dur="4.037">THE NUMBER OF TESTS THANKS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11518.272" dur="4.805">VICE PRESIDENT PENCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11519.007" dur="5.438">WE STILL HAVE SHORTAGES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11520.541" dur="5.139">TESTING KITS AND SWABS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11523.177" dur="4.004">REAGENTS AND EVEN TESTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11524.545" dur="4.372">MACHINES BUT WE HAVE THINGS LIKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11525.78" dur="3.97">IN MY STATE WHERE ONE OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11527.281" dur="3.07">MAJOR HOSPITALS, EMORY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11529.017" dur="3.069">UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL HAS THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11529.85" dur="3.738">OWN TESTING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11530.451" dur="4.038">THEY CAN DO IT IN A MATTER OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11532.186" dur="3.137">HOURS VERSUS DAYS AND THEY'RE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11533.688" dur="3.37">MAKING THAT AVAILABLE TO OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11534.589" dur="3.77">HOSPITALS IN THE STATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11535.423" dur="4.638">THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11537.158" dur="6.206">AND THEY'LL PROBABLY LOSE MONEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11538.459" dur="6.74">DOING THAT, MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11540.161" dur="6.306">BUT THEY'RE WILLING TO DO THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11543.464" dur="4.438">WE HAVE AN APPAREL COMPANY IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11545.299" dur="3.871">GEORGIA WHO HAS SHUT DOWN THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11546.567" dur="3.204">BUSINESS IN APPAREL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11548.002" dur="4.138">THEY HAVE GOOD ORDERS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11549.27" dur="4.471">PROFITABLE ORDERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11549.871" dur="4.871">THEY ARE PUTTING THOSE ASIDE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11552.24" dur="4.137">MAKE MASKS TO TRY TO HELPILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11553.841" dur="3.437">THE NEED WITH THE SHORTAGES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11554.842" dur="3.804">BUT THE MOBILIZATION PHASE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11556.477" dur="3.771">WHERE WE ARE TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11557.378" dur="4.471">WE'RE IDENTIFYING IT BASED ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11558.746" dur="3.336">THE EXPERIENCES OF OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11560.348" dur="3.003">COUNTRIES WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11561.949" dur="2.637">HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11562.183" dur="3.637">WE HAVE HOT SPOTS IN OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11563.451" dur="6.14">COUNTRY, JUST LIKE OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11564.686" dur="6.806">COUNTRIES HAVE HAD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11565.92" dur="7.007">WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN WUHAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11569.691" dur="5.739">AND HUBEI PROVINCE IN CHINA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11571.592" dur="6.34">I HAVE BEEN THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11573.027" dur="6.507">IT'S A VERY OLD POPULATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11575.53" dur="4.304">THEY WERE LATE GETTING TO THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11578.032" dur="5.172">IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11579.634" dur="3.803">ISOLATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11579.934" dur="4.772">WE SEE THE REPERCUSSIONS FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11583.304" dur="1.635">THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11583.538" dur="2.436">THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11584.806" dur="1.968">CYCLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11585.04" dur="3.436">HOWEVER THEY DEALT WITH THAT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11586.074" dur="3.47">THE EARLY DAYS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11586.874" dur="3.471">WE SEE NOW HOW THEY HAVE DEALT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11588.576" dur="2.736">WITH THAT CRISIS AND WHAT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11589.644" dur="2.869">HAPPENING TO THE NUMBERS AND WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11590.445" dur="2.402">CAN LEARN FROM THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11591.412" dur="3.103">I WILL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11592.613" dur="2.236">SECOND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11592.947" dur="3.57">THE SECOND PHASE, THOUGH, IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11594.615" dur="3.704">TRANSITION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11594.949" dur="4.571">I'M NOT SURE WE'RE IN IT YET,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11596.617" dur="4.739">BUT WE'RE ABOUT TO GO INTO IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11598.419" dur="4.071">PARTLY BECAUSE OF THIS PACKAGE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11599.62" dur="4.739">AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11601.456" dur="5.272">PROTECT THE PARTS OF THE ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11602.59" dur="5.472">WHERE WE CAN SO THAT WHEN WE DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11604.459" dur="5.138">START TO COME OUT OF THIS, JUST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11606.828" dur="4.037">LIKE EVERY OTHER COUNTRY AHEAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11608.162" dur="3.938">OF US IN THE CYCLE HAS DONE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11609.697" dur="5.239">IS DOING RIGHT NOW THAT WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11610.965" dur="4.972">HAVE OUR BUSINESSES IN A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11612.2" dur="5.472">POSITION TO RECONNECT WITH THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11615.069" dur="4.738">EMPLOYERS OR EMPLOYEES THAT THEY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11616.037" dur="4.504">HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO DEVELOP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11617.772" dur="4.905">AND OF COURSE THE THIRD PHASE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11619.907" dur="4.004">FULL-ON RECOVERY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11620.641" dur="5.539">THAT IS TO DO THE THINGS THEN TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11622.777" dur="5.105">GET THE ECONOMY BACK ON ITS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11624.011" dur="5.506">STRONG THE FOOING, TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11626.28" dur="3.571">THAT WE ADDRESS THE SHORTAGES OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11627.982" dur="3.904">WHAT WE FOUND IN OUR CURRENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11629.617" dur="4.104">PREPARATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11629.951" dur="6.306">FOR EXAMPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11631.986" dur="6.14">STRATEGIC STOCKPILE OF SOME OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11633.821" dur="5.105">THESE ESSENTIAL MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11636.357" dur="5.239">ESSENTIALS THAT WE NEEDED IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11638.226" dur="4.171">IDENTIFICATION, TESTING, AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11639.026" dur="5.406">TREATMENT OF THIS PARTICULAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11641.696" dur="4.104">VIRUS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11642.497" dur="5.005">THAT RECOVERY WILL TAKE SOME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11644.532" dur="4.771">TIME, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11645.9" dur="5.239">WAY AMERICA ALWAYS RESPONDS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11647.602" dur="4.971">THIS IS THAT I BELIEVE WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11649.403" dur="4.472">RESPOND VERY QUICKLY IF WE GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11651.239" dur="3.203">THE TRANSITION PHASE CORRECT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11652.673" dur="3.17">AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11653.975" dur="3.47">ABOUT TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11654.542" dur="4.138">AS WE LOOK AT THE MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11655.943" dur="4.405">CRISIS, THOUGH, WE UNDERSTAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11657.545" dur="4.505">NOW, THROUGH A LOT OF DATA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11658.78" dur="4.47">OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. -- AND I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11660.448" dur="3.837">WILL CAVEAT THIS THAT EACH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11662.15" dur="3.37">COUNTRY'S EXPERIENCE IS JUST A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11663.35" dur="3.905">LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11664.385" dur="4.204">I WOULD ALSO COMMENT THAT THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11665.62" dur="3.537">IS A LOT OF NOISE IN THE DATA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11667.355" dur="3.303">THAT I SEE AROUND THE WORLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11668.689" dur="3.471">RIGHT NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11669.257" dur="4.638">THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS DOING A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11670.758" dur="4.772">GREAT JOB OF TRYING TO AGGREGATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11672.26" dur="5.906">THIS DATA TO SEE HOW IT APPLIES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11673.995" dur="5.605">TO OUR NEEDS HERE AT HOME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11675.63" dur="6.173">I GIVE OUR DOCTORS AND NURSES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11678.266" dur="5.005">AND CAREGIVERS THE HIGHEST THANK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11679.7" dur="5.039">YOU I CAN FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11681.903" dur="4.571">HERE AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11683.371" dur="4.404">THAT MATTER, BUT WHAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11684.839" dur="4.938">EXPERIENCE IS IN ITALY MIGHT NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11686.574" dur="4.838">BE THE SAME AS IT IS HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11687.875" dur="3.77">THE EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH KOREA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11689.877" dur="3.137">MIGHT NOT BE THE SAME AS IT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11691.512" dur="3.003">HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11691.746" dur="4.972">SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THOSE AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11693.114" dur="5.238">BE VERY CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11694.615" dur="5.673">TRY TO EXTRAPOLATE EITHER THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11696.818" dur="4.938">SEVERITY OR THE LACK OF SEVERITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11698.452" dur="4.472">AS BEING APPLICABLE HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11700.388" dur="6.106">THIS PARTICULAR -- WHAT WE DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11701.856" dur="5.672">KNOW, THOUGH, BEFORE I GET TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11703.024" dur="6.54">THE BILL IS THAT IN THE WORLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11706.594" dur="3.537">HEALTH ORGANIZATION JUST THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11707.628" dur="3.904">WEEK HAS PUBLISHED AN UPDATE TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11709.664" dur="2.869">THEIR NUMBERS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11710.231" dur="3.904">THEY ARE CHARACTERIZING THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11711.632" dur="4.305">DISEASE THIS WAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11712.633" dur="5.806">LOOK, EVERY COUNTRY HAS A LITTLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11714.235" dur="6.54">BIT DIFFERENT INFECTION RATE, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11716.037" dur="6.206">LITTLE DIFFERENT MORTALITY RATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11718.539" dur="5.272">I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11720.875" dur="4.304">BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T TESTED AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11722.343" dur="4.638">BROADLY AS SOME OF THE OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11723.911" dur="3.637">COUNTRIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11725.279" dur="3.771">DONE, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11727.081" dur="3.837">DENOMINATOR IS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11727.648" dur="3.537">WE DON'T KNOW THE MORTALITY RATE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11729.15" dur="3.303">OR THE INFECTION RATE FOR THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11731.018" dur="2.67">MATTER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11731.285" dur="3.904">THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD HEALTH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11732.553" dur="4.305">ORGANIZATION IS DOING, JUST TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11733.788" dur="4.438">PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11735.289" dur="3.971">ABOUT 80% OF THE PEOPLE INFECTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11736.958" dur="3.904">WITH THIS COVID-19 VIRUS WILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11738.326" dur="4.538">PROBABLY HAVE A MILD -- THAT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11739.36" dur="4.538">THE WAY THEY CHARACTERIZE IT --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11740.962" dur="4.304">A MILD EXPERIENCE WITH THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11742.964" dur="4.438">DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11743.998" dur="6.006">15% WILL BE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO GO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11745.366" dur="5.873">TO A HOSPITAL PARTICULARLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11747.502" dur="5.972">AND THEN OF THAT, 5% WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11750.104" dur="5.272">CRITICAL PATIENTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11751.339" dur="7.974">TYPICALLY GENERALLY TOWARD THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11753.574" dur="7.241">MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11755.476" dur="7.141">ELDERLY, PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11759.413" dur="5.473">EXISTING DISEASES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11760.915" dur="5.038">POTENTIALLY IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11762.717" dur="4.671">AS WE DEAL WITH THAT MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11764.986" dur="6.373">CRISIS -- AND WE HAVE POURED A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11766.053" dur="6.674">LOT OF RESOURCES TOWARD THAT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11767.488" dur="6.84">THE FIRST TWO PHASES OF HELP IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11771.459" dur="3.77">ADDITION TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11772.827" dur="6.84">DID WITH HIS $50 BILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11774.428" dur="8.376">ALLOCATION EARLIER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11775.329" dur="8.676">THIS BILL, ALMOST $2 TRILLION OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11779.767" dur="6.306">AID AS WE SEE IT TOWARD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11782.904" dur="5.171">BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11784.105" dur="5.439">STATES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11786.173" dur="3.838">WEATHER THIS STORM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11788.175" dur="2.97">THIS BILL -- LET'S BE VERY CLEAR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11789.644" dur="2.468">ABOUT THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11790.111" dur="3.97">THIS IS NOT ABOUT COMPANIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11791.245" dur="4.138">THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYEES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11792.213" dur="4.204">THIS IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11794.181" dur="2.303">WORK FOR EMPLOYERS, EITHER IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11795.483" dur="2.135">THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11796.55" dur="5.139">SOMEBODY ELSE'S BUSINESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11797.718" dur="5.139">THIS IS ALL ABOUT EMPLOYEES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11799.82" dur="4.372">IT IS MERELY A FINANCIAL BRIDGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11801.789" dur="4.338">TO GET THROUGH THIS PERIOD OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11802.957" dur="4.771">TIME TO GET INTO THAT RECOVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11804.292" dur="6.339">PHASE THAT I'M TRYING TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11806.227" dur="5.872">DESCRIBE HERE A LITTLE EARLIER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11807.828" dur="6.007">IT'S ABOUT THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11810.731" dur="3.571">RELATIONSHIP AND TO MAKE SURE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11812.199" dur="3.337">THAT WE KEEP THAT RELATIONSHIP</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11813.935" dur="6.473">INTACT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11814.402" dur="6.239">LOOK, IN THE LAST THREE YEARS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11815.636" dur="9.543">WE HAVE CREATED 7.5 MILLION NEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11820.508" dur="5.839">JOBS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11820.742" dur="8.108">PRIOR TO THIS NEW CRISIS, THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11825.279" dur="4.638">CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, WE HAD AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11826.447" dur="5.706">ECONOMY THAT WAS JUST BOOMING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11828.95" dur="5.372">CREATED 7.5 MILLION NEW JOBS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11830.017" dur="5.606">WE HAD 7.5 MILLION JOB OPENINGS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11832.253" dur="3.603">AS A MATTER OF FACT, AND ONLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11834.422" dur="2.602">FIVE MILLION PEOPLE LOOKING FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11835.723" dur="2.636">WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11835.957" dur="4.037">SO WE HAD A SITUATION WHERE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11837.124" dur="3.103">HAD THE ECONOMY MOVING IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11838.459" dur="3.27">RIGHT DIRECTION, AND THEN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11840.094" dur="3.003">HITS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11840.328" dur="5.271">AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11841.829" dur="5.272">DON'T LOSE ANY OF THOSE JOBS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11843.197" dur="4.471">AND FOR THAT REASON, WE FOCUSED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11845.699" dur="3.971">ON THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11847.201" dur="3.637">RELATIONSHIP.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11847.768" dur="4.605">YES, WE PLUSSED UP UNEMPLOYMENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11849.771" dur="4.637">BENEFITS FOR THE STATES SO THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11850.938" dur="5.606">THEY ARE NOT OVERWHELMED, BUT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11852.473" dur="5.439">MADE SURE THAT THE EMPLOYER HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11854.508" dur="6.34">THE LIQUIDITY TO KEEP THESE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11856.644" dur="6.74">PEOPLE EMPLOYED.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11858.012" dur="7.107">AND IN THAT VAIN, WE -- VEIN, WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11860.948" dur="5.839">DID NOT WANT TO HAVE A LIQUIDITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11863.484" dur="4.772">CRISIS WHICH WE COULD VERY WELL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11865.219" dur="5.406">HAVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11866.887" dur="5.373">SHUTTING THESE BUSINESSES DOWN.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11868.356" dur="4.471">WE DIDN'T WANT THAT LIQUIDITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11870.725" dur="5.071">CRISIS TO TURN INTO AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11872.36" dur="3.669">INSOLVENCY CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11872.927" dur="4.705">WE CAN DEAL WITH A LIQUIDITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11875.896" dur="3.237">ISSUE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11876.13" dur="4.271">IT'S EASY TO COME BACK AND DEAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11877.732" dur="3.203">WITH COMPANIES THAT HAVE GONE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11879.233" dur="2.736">INSOLVENT AND ARE NOW IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11880.501" dur="2.069">BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11881.035" dur="2.636">THAT IS A VERY LONG AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11882.102" dur="1.802">DIFFICULT PROCESS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11882.67" dur="2.836">IT'S DIFFICULT TO COME BACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11883.771" dur="3.437">FROM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11884.005" dur="6.84">WE DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11885.606" dur="5.673">THAT WAS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11887.308" dur="4.871">MOST OF THE FACETS OF THIS BILL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11890.945" dur="2.769">SOME $2 TRILLION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11891.379" dur="3.803">I WILL SAY THIS ABOUT THAT --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11892.279" dur="4.405">THERE ARE TWO MAJOR COMPONENTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11893.814" dur="4.405">TO DO THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11895.282" dur="4.171">ONE IS A SMALL BUSINESS -- NOW,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11896.784" dur="3.937">A LITTLE OVER 50% OF THE PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11898.319" dur="4.104">WHO WORK IN AMERICA WORK FOR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11899.553" dur="5.005">COMPANIES THAT HAVE 500</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11900.821" dur="4.839">EMPLOYEES OR FEWER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11902.523" dur="4.671">THAT'S A NEW LEARNING FOR ME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11904.658" dur="3.204">THAT'S CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11905.76" dur="4.604">BUT IT IS THE ENGINE -- THIS IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11907.294" dur="3.337">NOT NEW NEWS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11907.962" dur="5.205">THIS IS THE ENGINE OF NEW JOB</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11910.464" dur="2.936">GROWTH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11910.731" dur="6.473">WE KNOW THAT, IN THE LAST THREE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11913.267" dur="7.074">YEARS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11913.501" dur="7.941">WE HAVE $350 BILLION DIRECTLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11917.304" dur="5.973">TARGETED TOWARD THOSE SMALL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11920.441" dur="4.338">BUSINESS -- SMALL BUSINESSES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11921.542" dur="5.806">WHO CAN THEN BY THE WAY GO TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11923.377" dur="4.538">THEIR EXISTING LOCAL BANKER AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11924.879" dur="3.336">GET THIS FACILITY DONE, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11927.448" dur="3.804">GOVERNMENT-BACKED LOAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11928.015" dur="5.139">GUARANTEE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11928.315" dur="7.274">IN ADDITION TO THAT, THERE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11931.352" dur="6.173">$454 BILLION DIRECTED AT OTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11933.254" dur="5.572">BUSINESSES, PLUS ANOTHER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11935.689" dur="4.405">$58 BILLION TOWARD STRATEGICALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11937.625" dur="4.004">IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES LIKE OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11938.926" dur="4.371">AIRLINE INDUSTRY AND SO FORTH.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11940.194" dur="5.939">AND AGAIN, MOST OF THIS MONEY IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11941.729" dur="5.973">IN THE FORM OF LOAN GUARANTEES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11943.397" dur="4.605">TO PROVIDE LIQUIDITY TO KEEP THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11946.233" dur="3.037">EMPLOYEE EMPLOYED WITH THEIR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11947.802" dur="2.169">EMPLOYER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11948.102" dur="3.136">IT'S NO MORE DIFFICULT THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11949.37" dur="3.103">THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11950.071" dur="4.804">BUT ONE OTHER THING THAT IS NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11951.338" dur="4.305">BEING TALKED ABOUT, AND I WANT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11952.573" dur="4.471">TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, AND THAT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11954.975" dur="4.105">$454 BILLION IS HISTORIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11955.743" dur="6.206">THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11957.144" dur="6.173">BUT IT HAS THE ABILITY THROUGH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11959.18" dur="5.472">THE TREASURY THAT THEY CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11962.049" dur="4.571">ACTUALLY LEVERAGE THAT UP IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11963.417" dur="5.039">TERMS OF THE WAY THE MONEY GOES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11964.752" dur="4.038">OUT TO BANKS, IT CAN BE LEVERED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11966.72" dur="4.105">UP TO $3 TRILLION OR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11968.556" dur="4.471">$4 TRILLION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11968.89" dur="5.438">WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11970.925" dur="4.304">POTENTIAL OF UP TO $5 TRILLION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11973.127" dur="4.071">OF LIQUIDITY INTO OUR ECONOMY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11974.428" dur="4.471">THIS IS HISTORIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11975.329" dur="4.938">IT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO SHOCK THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11977.298" dur="4.07">SYSTEM TO SEE, OKAY, THERE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11978.999" dur="3.904">GOING TO BE LIQUIDITY HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11980.367" dur="3.604">THERE MAY BE SOME GROWING PAINS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11981.468" dur="4.105">IN THE EARLY DAYS, BUT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11983.003" dur="3.904">LIQUIDITY IS GOING TO BE THERE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11984.071" dur="4.772">TO WEATHER THIS STORM, TO BRIDGE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11985.673" dur="5.405">THIS CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11987.007" dur="5.206">I WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT'S NEXT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11988.943" dur="4.771">TALK ABOUT THIS TRANSITION PHASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11991.178" dur="3.704">AND MAYBE EVEN THE RECOVERY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11992.313" dur="4.805">PHASE FOR A SECOND.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11993.814" dur="3.937">THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11994.982" dur="4.104">WE HAVE TO REALLY LEARN FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11997.218" dur="2.101">OTHER COUNTRIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11997.852" dur="3.069">THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11999.186" dur="3.437">CYCLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="11999.42" dur="4.571">FOR EXAMPLE, IT TOOK ABOUT SIX</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12001.021" dur="4.572">TO EIGHT WEEKS FOR CHINA, EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12002.723" dur="4.338">WITH THEIR MISTAKES, IT TOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12004.091" dur="3.437">ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS TO GO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12005.693" dur="4.771">FROM ZERO TO THEIR MAXIMUM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12007.161" dur="3.804">NUMBER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12007.628" dur="5.372">BUT WE KNOW THAT THE DISEASE HAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12010.564" dur="4.505">A LIFE CYCLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12011.065" dur="6.039">SOMEBODY IS INFECTED WITH IT, IF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12013.1" dur="5.439">THEY SURVIVE, THEY COME ON THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12015.169" dur="4.538">BACKSIDE, AND SO FAR THERE IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12017.204" dur="3.237">OVER 70,000 PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12018.639" dur="3.404">THE DISEASE IN CHINA AND ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12019.807" dur="5.072">HEALTHY NOW.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12020.541" dur="5.672">WE KNOW FROM ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12022.143" dur="5.338">ON THE GROUND THAT ABOUT 80% OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12024.979" dur="4.671">THE EMPLOYED WORKERS IN CHINA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12026.313" dur="3.671">ARE BEGINNING TO GO BACK TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12027.581" dur="5.506">WORK, AND ALMOST 90% OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12029.783" dur="6.207">FACTORIES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12030.084" dur="6.206">THIS IS OUTSIDE OF HUBEI</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12033.187" dur="4.504">PROVINCE, OUTSIDE OF WUHAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12036.09" dur="2.769">PROVINCE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12036.39" dur="3.771">THEY ARE GOING BACK TO WORK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12037.791" dur="2.637">IN SOUTH KOREA, THE LEARNING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12038.959" dur="4.371">THERE IS TESTING, TESTING,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12040.261" dur="3.369">TESTING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12040.528" dur="5.505">MORE THAN THAT, THEY ALSO TRACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12043.43" dur="3.904">CONTACTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12043.73" dur="4.605">THERE ARE 350 MILLION PEOPLE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12046.133" dur="3.27">SOUTH KOREA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12047.434" dur="3.237">WE HAVE 330 MILLION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12048.436" dur="3.169">BUT IN CERTAIN CITIES AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12049.503" dur="3.27">STATES, THEY CAN CERTAINLY LOOK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12050.771" dur="3.871">AT DOING THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12051.705" dur="4.939">SO WE HAVE TO LEARN FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12052.873" dur="5.206">COMPANIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12054.742" dur="4.404">JAPAN, SINGAPORE, HONG KONG,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12056.744" dur="3.103">AUSTRALIA, AND EVEN CHINA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12058.179" dur="2.936">BECAUSE THEY ARE AHEAD OF US IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12059.246" dur="3.671">THIS CYCLE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12059.947" dur="4.505">WE SHOULD BE IN THE FIRST FEW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12061.215" dur="4.872">WEEKS OF THIS CYCLE GOING FROM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12063.017" dur="4.638">OUR -- FROM ZERO TO WHATEVER OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12064.552" dur="3.904">MAXIMUM NUMBER IS, BUT IT'S THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12066.187" dur="4.871">NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES THAT'S</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12067.755" dur="5.472">THE MOST IMPORTANT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12068.556" dur="6.039">NOT THE NUMBER OF TOTAL CASES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12071.158" dur="6.774">SO THE MORTALITY RATE IS YET TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12073.327" dur="6.44">BE DETERMINED BECAUSE WE DON'T</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12074.695" dur="6.907">REALLY KNOW THE DENOMINATOR, BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12078.032" dur="4.438">I BELIEVE IF WE TEST MORE THAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12079.867" dur="3.87">THAT AND THE ACCELERATION CURVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12081.702" dur="3.504">ACCORDING TO VICE PRESIDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12082.57" dur="3.236">PENCE IS UNDER WAY RIGHT NOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12083.837" dur="3.137">THAT WE WILL HAVE THAT ABILITY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12085.306" dur="2.736">TO DO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12085.906" dur="3.504">CONTACT TRACKING IS ANOTHER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12087.074" dur="2.703">THEN ISOLATION IS ANOTHER ONE WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12088.142" dur="2.769">HAVE TO THINK ABOUT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12089.51" dur="3.27">UNFORTUNATELY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12089.877" dur="4.137">WE HAVE HOT SPOTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12091.011" dur="4.505">IN THE EBOLA CRISIS IN AFRICA,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12092.88" dur="4.605">WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE MEDICAL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12094.114" dur="6.507">COMMUNITY WAS IF THEY COULD PUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12095.616" dur="7.374">A FULL-COURT PRESS ON THE AREAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12097.585" dur="6.74">OF FLARING WHERE WE HAD THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12100.721" dur="4.638">DISEASE FLARE UP AND ISOLATE IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12103.09" dur="2.736">WHERE THEY DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12104.425" dur="4.638">TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THOSE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12105.459" dur="7.341">AREAS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12105.926" dur="8.509">ISOLATION BY GEOGRAPHY AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12109.163" dur="7.307">DEMOCRAT GRABBY ARE --</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12112.9" dur="3.837">DEMOGRAPHY ARE CALLED FOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12114.535" dur="3.47">THE THIRD THING I WILL HIGHLIGHT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12116.57" dur="3.237">BRIEFLY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12116.837" dur="4.238">I BELIEVE RIGHT NOW THIS SHOWS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12118.105" dur="3.203">WE WERE BEHIND IN TERMS OF OUR</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12119.907" dur="2.436">PREPARATION FOR A PANDEMIC LIKE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12121.175" dur="2.769">THIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12121.409" dur="4.804">THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12122.443" dur="5.305">IN THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12124.044" dur="5.606">WE CAN POINT FINGERS AND BLAME,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12126.313" dur="5.306">THAT'S NOT MY PURPOSE TODAY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12127.848" dur="5.839">WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12129.75" dur="6.507">THIS -- IN AMERICA AND IF WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12131.719" dur="6.006">BRING THE WORLD'S RESOURCES WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12133.787" dur="4.538">DATA, THIS IS THE BIG THING.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12136.357" dur="3.069">WE HAVE LIMITED DATA IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12137.825" dur="1.868">UNITED STATES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12138.425" dur="3.07">OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE A LOT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12139.526" dur="4.238">DATA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12139.793" dur="6.273">I BELIEVE IF WE AGGREGATE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12141.595" dur="6.006">DATA AND CREATE A MANHATTAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12143.864" dur="5.472">PROJECT TYPE EFFORT TO GO TOWARD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12146.166" dur="5.373">VACCINES AND TREATMENTS, THAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12147.701" dur="5.539">CAN ABSOLUTELY BE READY FOR FLU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12149.436" dur="4.905">SEASON NEXT YEAR IF, IN FACT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12151.639" dur="4.905">THIS PARTICULAR COVID-19 VIRUS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12153.34" dur="3.637">HAS A ISN'T.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12154.441" dur="3.904">WE DON'T KNOW -- HAS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12156.644" dur="3.136">SEASONALITY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12157.077" dur="3.537">WE DON'T KNOW THAT YET.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12158.445" dur="3.337">IN CONCLUSION, MR. PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12159.88" dur="2.169">THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12160.714" dur="3.37">IS A MOMENT OF CHALLENGE IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12161.882" dur="5.205">AMERICA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12162.149" dur="6.407">I WILL SAY THIS, THAT PRESIDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12164.184" dur="4.872">TRUMP, FOR ALL HIS DETRACTORS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12167.187" dur="3.204">EARLY ON STEPPED UP AND WAS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12168.656" dur="4.604">STRONG LEADER.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12169.156" dur="6.273">I SAID THIS YEFERL YEARS AGO.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12170.491" dur="6.506">HE REMINDED ME OF WIN SECTION</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12173.36" dur="4.772">CHURCHILL, IRASCIBLE BUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12175.529" dur="2.836">EFFECTIVE IN GETTING RESULTS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12177.097" dur="2.903">THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE HAD EARLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12178.232" dur="3.704">ON.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12178.466" dur="4.804">RIGHT NOW, WE NEED A STEADY HAND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12180.1" dur="3.437">TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T KILL THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12182.036" dur="3.036">ECONOMY WHILE WE KILL THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12183.37" dur="3.504">DISEASE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12183.637" dur="4.972">MY ONLY POINT IS IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12185.172" dur="4.671">TRANSITION PERIOD -- AND NOBODY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12186.974" dur="4.638">HAS ALL THE ANSWERS YET -- WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12188.709" dur="4.304">NEED TO START ASKING THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12189.943" dur="4.105">QUESTIONS OF WHAT CAN WE DO IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12191.712" dur="3.704">THIS TRANSITION PERIOD TO FIND A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12193.113" dur="4.905">BALANCE BETWEEN PROTECTING LIFE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12194.148" dur="5.605">AND PROTECTING THE ECONOMY LONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12195.516" dur="5.238">TERM SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE GET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12198.118" dur="3.704">WELL, THEY WILL HAVE A JOB TO GO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12199.853" dur="3.871">BACK TO AND WE WILL HAVE AN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12200.854" dur="7.441">ECONOMY THAT CAN HELP THE WORLD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12201.922" dur="7.274">PREPARE FOR THE NEXT PANDEMIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12203.824" dur="6.84">THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12208.395" dur="3.337">THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12209.296" dur="3.57">BEST SPIRIT, I BELIEVE, IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12210.764" dur="2.369">HISTORY OF THE WORLD WHEN IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12211.832" dur="2.536">COMES TO DEALING WITH THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12212.966" dur="2.436">CRISIS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12213.233" dur="3.037">I HAVE TALKED ABOUT A COUPLE OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12214.468" dur="2.536">EXAMPLES IN MY STATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12215.502" dur="4.071">THE AIRLINES RIGHT NOW ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12216.37" dur="4.271">ANOTHER ONE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12217.104" dur="4.771">I KNOW THAT DELTA IS ONE OF THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12219.673" dur="4.071">PRIMARY AIRLINE CARRIERS WE HAVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12220.741" dur="3.236">IN THE COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12221.975" dur="3.904">THEY ARE KEEPING SOME FLIGHTS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12223.844" dur="2.97">ON.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12224.078" dur="3.003">I KNOW I HAVE A RESERVATION ON A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12225.979" dur="4.204">COMMERCIAL FLIGHT LATER THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12226.914" dur="5.272">WEEK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12227.181" dur="5.572">I ASKED MY ASSISTANT ARE YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12230.283" dur="3.471">SURE I WILL GET A SEAT ON THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12232.286" dur="2.869">PLANE?</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12232.853" dur="2.87">SHE SAID THERE ARE ONLY FIVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12233.854" dur="2.936">PEOPLE WHO HAVE BOOKED A SEAT ON</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12235.255" dur="3.504">THAT PLANE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12235.823" dur="3.236">SO IT SHOWS THAT PEOPLE ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12236.89" dur="3.637">TRYING TO DO THEIR PART HERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12238.859" dur="3.404">NEIGHBORS.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12239.159" dur="4.505">PEOPLE GOING TO GROCERY STORES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12240.627" dur="4.605">FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS, TAKING CARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12242.363" dur="4.638">OF PICKING UP MAIL, DOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12243.764" dur="4.404">ANYTHING THEY CAN TO PROTECT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12245.332" dur="3.771">PEOPLE THAT ARE AT RISK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12247.101" dur="3.47">IN SMALL COMMUNITIES, WE KNOW</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12248.268" dur="3.137">HOW TO DO THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12249.203" dur="2.803">IN MAJOR CITIES, IT'S MORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12250.671" dur="2.836">DIFFICULT, BUT IT'S EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12251.505" dur="2.369">POSSIBLE THERE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12252.106" dur="3.57">I WILL CONCLUDE WITH THIS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12253.607" dur="3.404">MR. PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12253.974" dur="4.405">THERE IS A DAY COMING, IT'S NOT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12255.776" dur="3.737">THAT FAR OFF, THAT WE WILL BE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12257.111" dur="4.237">BEHIND THE TOP END OF THIS CURVE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12258.479" dur="3.87">IN AMERICA.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12259.613" dur="4.171">WE WILL HAVE LOST SOME LIVES.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12261.448" dur="3.938">THAT'S UNFORTUNATE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12262.449" dur="4.738">WE ALL REGRET THAT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12263.884" dur="5.506">BUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12265.486" dur="5.038">MAKE SURE WE PREPARE OURSELVES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12267.287" dur="4.271">FOR THIS TRANSITION PHASE THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12269.49" dur="4.004">WHILE WE ARE COMING AND STILL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12270.624" dur="4.938">DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12271.658" dur="5.272">GETTING THE DISEASE, THE DISEASE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12273.594" dur="4.838">IS ON THE WANE, AND THE ECONOMY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12275.662" dur="3.704">NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK SO WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12277.03" dur="3.704">CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12278.532" dur="3.17">PREPARE THIS COUNTRY FOR THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12279.466" dur="17.084">NEXT ROUND THAT WE MAY OR MAY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12280.834" dur="17.017">NOT SEE IN THE FUTURE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12281.802" dur="17.084">WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12296.683" dur="5.139">MR. RUBIO: I RECEIVED A CALL A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12297.951" dur="5.106">FEW HOURS AGO FROM SOMEONE I</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12298.986" dur="6.039">HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME, A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12301.922" dur="5.005">GENTLEMAN I WOULD SAY IN HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12303.157" dur="6.139">EARLY TO MID 90'S, AND HE WANTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12305.125" dur="4.471">ME TO STOP SAYING THAT WHAT WE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12307.027" dur="4.338">ARE FACING IS AN UNPRECEDENTED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12309.396" dur="3.837">CHALLENGE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12309.696" dur="4.772">I WAS TAKEN ABACK.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12311.465" dur="5.772">I MEAN, NONE OF US HAVE EVER</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12313.333" dur="5.539">LIVED THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12314.568" dur="5.572">OR CONFRONTED A SITUATION AS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12317.337" dur="3.971">PAINFUL OR SO DRAMATIC.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12318.972" dur="5.272">AND SO HE CHALLENGED ME TO DO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12320.24" dur="7.541">SOMETHING THAT I HAD ACTUALLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12321.408" dur="7.574">DONE A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT AS IT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12324.344" dur="6.34">SHOWS, EVEN A FEW YEARS ERODES</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12327.881" dur="4.205">MEMORY ABOUT THINGS THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12329.082" dur="4.038">HAPPENED LONG IN THE PAST.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12330.784" dur="4.138">HE CHALLENGED ME TO SAY, YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12332.186" dur="4.137">KNOW, EVERYBODY IS COMPARING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12333.22" dur="5.439">THIS TO THE LAST TIME WE HAD</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12335.022" dur="5.672">SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT REQUIRED</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12336.423" dur="6.073">THE NATION TO REACT LIKE WE DID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12338.759" dur="6.74">IN WORLD WAR II.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12340.794" dur="6.84">AND SO IT CAUSED ME TO GO BACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12342.596" dur="6.774">AND LOOK A LITTLE BIT AT THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12345.599" dur="5.072">YEARS BEFORE THAT GREAT AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12347.734" dur="6.807">BLOODY CONFLICT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12349.47" dur="9.009">IT'S INTERESTING, IN THE YEARS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12350.771" dur="8.575">LEADING UP TO 1941, PRESIDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12354.641" dur="6.34">ROOSEVELT HAD AN EFFORT TO BACK</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12358.579" dur="5.505">THE SUPREME COURT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12359.446" dur="4.871">IT WAS INCREDIBLY CONTROVERSIAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12361.081" dur="5.205">IT ENDED UP FALLING APART IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12364.184" dur="3.237">1937.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12364.418" dur="5.038">IT ENDED UP FALLING APART,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12366.386" dur="7.375">ACTUALLY, BECAUSE MEMBERS OF HIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12367.521" dur="7.975">OWN PARTY TURNED AGAINST HIM,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12369.556" dur="6.841">AND IT ACTUALLY WEAKENED ANYMORE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12373.861" dur="4.804">IN -- HIM IN THAT TAIL END OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12375.596" dur="4.204">HIS SECOND DEAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12376.497" dur="5.505">PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT WAS SO UPSET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12378.765" dur="5.373">ABOUT WHAT MEMBERS OF HIS OWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12379.9" dur="6.139">PARTY HAD DONE TO HIM THAT IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12382.102" dur="6.84">1938, HE DID SOMETHING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12384.238" dur="6.773">UNPRECEDENTED AT THE TIME.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12386.139" dur="6.007">HE GOT INVOLVED IN DEMOCRATIC</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12389.042" dur="5.806">PRIMARIES AND TRIED TO DEFEAT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12391.111" dur="5.572">TAKE OUT MEMBERS OF HIS OWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12392.246" dur="5.872">PARTY WHO HAD OPPOSED HIM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12394.948" dur="5.005">NOT ONLY DID HE LOSE BADLY IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12396.816" dur="4.139">THAT EFFORT -- I THINK HE ONLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12398.218" dur="6.106">WON ONE OF THOSE SEATS THAT HE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12400.053" dur="7.141">WENT AFTER -- AS A RESULT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12401.055" dur="9.676">WHAT HE DID, HIS PARTY LOST SIX</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12404.424" dur="7.808">SEATS IN THE SENATE, 71 IN THE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12407.294" dur="6.74">HOUSE, AND ULTIMATELY IN THIS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12410.831" dur="5.505">VERY CHAMBER, A REPUBLICAN,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12412.332" dur="6.24">ROBERT TAFT, WAS ABLE TO PUT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12414.134" dur="7.007">TOGETHER A COALITION WITH</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12416.436" dur="6.841">CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS AND</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12418.672" dur="5.506">BASICALLY BLOCK PRESIDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12421.241" dur="5.439">ROOSEVELT'S AGENDA LEADING INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12423.377" dur="4.871">1940.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12424.278" dur="5.138">THEN IN 1940, ROOSEVELT DID</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12426.78" dur="3.003">SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12428.348" dur="2.336">UNPRECEDENTED AND HIGHLY</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12429.516" dur="2.503">CONTROVERSIAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12429.883" dur="5.005">HE ANNOUNCED, ALTHOUGH IT WAS</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12430.784" dur="7.775">LEGAL, THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12432.119" dur="8.041">THIRD TERM.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12434.988" dur="7.374">HE WAS AT THAT POINT DEFYING A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12438.659" dur="5.005">LONG PRECEDENT THAT HAD BEEN SET</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12440.26" dur="5.072">BY THE NATION'S FIRST PRESIDENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12442.462" dur="4.338">AND THEN TO MAKE MATTERS EVEN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12443.764" dur="5.806">MORE INTERESTING, HIS OWN VICE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12445.432" dur="5.305">PRESIDENT WHO HAD TURNED ON HIM</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12446.9" dur="6.307">ON THE COURT ISSUE, HE HAD TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12449.67" dur="4.571">KICK HIM OFF THE BALLOT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12450.837" dur="8.976">IN FACT, HE TOLD HIM IF YOU</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12453.307" dur="9.442">NOMINATE HIM AS VICE PRESIDENT,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12454.341" dur="8.809">I WILL REFUSE THE NOMINATION.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12459.913" dur="5.806">ULTIMATELY HE WAS REELECTED ON A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12462.849" dur="4.271">PROMISE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12463.25" dur="4.204">HE HAD TO MAKE A PROMISE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12465.819" dur="5.272">I WILL KEEP THIS COUNTRY OUT OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12467.22" dur="5.072">WAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12467.554" dur="6.64">THIS SETS THE STAGE GOING INTO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12471.191" dur="5.139">NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 1940.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12472.392" dur="6.273">A PRESIDENT THAT SPENT THE LAST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12474.294" dur="6.373">THREE YEARS BATTLING HIS OWN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12476.43" dur="6.807">PARTY, SEEN HIS OWN AGENDA</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12478.765" dur="6.307">SLOWED AND STIFLED AND HAD TO</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="12483.337" dur="4.571">AFTER LOSING A LARGE NUMBER OF</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12485.172" dur="4.571">SEATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12486.373" dur="4.872">HAS A COALITION FORMED AGAINST</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12488.008" dur="4.338">HIM TO BLOCK HIM AND THEN HAS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12489.843" dur="4.171">MAKE A PROMISE, WE'RE NOT GOING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12491.345" dur="4.838">TO WAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12492.446" dur="5.472">ALL THE WHILE UNDERSTANDING THAT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12494.114" dur="5.873">WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN EUROPE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12496.283" dur="5.973">WOULD EVENTUALLY REACH US AND HE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12498.018" dur="6.774">WAS PREPARING FOR WAR.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12500.087" dur="6.64">AND WHILE HE MADE THAT PROMISE</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12502.356" dur="5.172">WAS PRETTY FUNDAMENTAL.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12504.892" dur="3.97">GOING TO WAR WAS NOT POPULAR IN</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12506.827" dur="3.103">THIS COUNTRY.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12507.628" dur="3.937">MILLIONS OF AMERICANS,</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12508.962" dur="4.405">PARTICULARLY THOSE AT THE TIME</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12510.03" dur="3.637">YOU COULDN'T REALLY TRAVEL</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12511.665" dur="7.241">ABROAD, HAD NO CONNECTIONS TO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12513.467" dur="7.14">EUROPE.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12513.767" dur="9.376">THEY LOOKED AT WORLD WAR I AS A</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12519.006" dur="6.006">EUROPEAN WAR AND WORLD WAR II AS</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="12525.112" dur="7.541">PROMINENT VOICES, CHIEF AMONG</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12528.482" dur="6.573">THEM, CHARLES LINDBERGH WHO</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12531.551" dur="5.406">TRAVELED THE COUNTRY BLASTING</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12532.753" dur="6.106">THE PRESIDENT AS A WARMONGER IN</text>
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<text sub="clublinks" start="12537.057" dur="4.304">THERE WAS ACTUALLY A STUDENT</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12538.959" dur="4.805">ANTIWAR MOVEMENT.</text>
<text sub="clublinks" start="12539.86" dur="7.941">NOW, NOT AS MANY PEOPLE WENT TO</text>
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<text