January 14,2021

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Wyden Statement on President-elect Biden’s COVID Relief Plan

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today released the following statement on President-elect Biden’s COVID relief plan: 

President-elect Biden is inheriting from Donald Trump a country in tatters, just like his Democratic predecessor. This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years, and the country remains mired in a pandemic that’s killing more than 3,000 Americans every day. President-elect Biden’s relief plan reflects the severity of these crises, and meets the urgent needs of the American people.

“Importantly, he would increase the weekly boost to jobless benefits and echoes my call for extending benefits based on economic conditions on the ground, not arbitrary end dates. I have discussed economic triggers at length with President-elect Biden’s team, and implementing them is critical to a strong recovery and protecting families from economic sabotage.

“I look forward to taking the lead on a proposal that puts a stop to needlessly lurching from crisis to crisis, and gives jobless workers the certainty that they will be able to buy groceries and make rent. If you’ve lost your job through no fault of your own, your ability to eat shouldn’t depend on Senate Republicans. The American people strongly support continuing this vital aid until this crisis is over, and it’s the right thing to do for our long-term economic recovery.”