Burchett: COVID-19 relief must protect workers, shield businesses from lawsuits

May 13, 2020
Press Release

Knoxville, Tenn. (May 13, 2020) -- Today, Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) released the following statement regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 1,815 page, $3 trillion liberal messaging bill H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act:

“Speaker Pelosi clearly doesn’t believe coronavirus requires urgent attention if she puts this bill littered with liberal agenda items on the House floor. This is a messaging bill, plain and simple, drafted in secret by the Speaker and her top deputies with no Republican input or committee hearings. It will not receive consideration in Senate, and it is so radical it faces an uphill battle just to pass the Democrat-controlled House.

“Congress should work to make Americans feel safe returning to work – Speaker Pelosi’s bill keeps workers on the sidelines and recklessly throws more money at the problem. What we need is an affordable bill that protects workers and consumer health, and helps businesses that follow public health and safety guidelines avoid frivolous lawsuits."