Wagner Supports Passage of Coronavirus Relief Legislation
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement after the House voted in support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Following the advice of the House Attending Physician, Congresswoman Wagner remains in self quarantine following prolonged exposure to one of her colleagues who tested positive, and thus was unable to return to Washington, D.C. for the vote. Had she been able to vote today she would have recorded her vote in favor of the legislation.
“I care deeply about the health of our citizens and our economy. We are in the midst of a National Emergency that has taken lives, disrupted the economy, and threatened the health and economic security of our nation. Americans have called on Congress to pass legislation that provides relief, and we cannot let another day go by without answering that call. While this bill is not perfect, and I disagree with a number of specific provisions within, unprecedented crises demand unprecedented solutions, and I am confident the CARES Act as a whole will assist Missourians and Americans around the country in our time of need.
“COVID-19 has prevented too many Americans from working to support their families, and could overwhelm our heroic health care workers and other first responders. I have worked day and night with my colleagues in Congress and our state and local officials to find a way to get people back on their feet. Just days ago partisanship threatened to destroy all of that work, abandoning the people who need this assistance most. But I am grateful that Leader McConnell was able to get a historic and unanimous vote in support through the Senate, and that Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer finally realized they needed to put politics aside and join us in placing our countrymen and women above petty political fights.
“Americans are resilient and, although these are difficult times, I have faith we will emerge stronger as a nation, a people, and an economy. The CARES Act will help Missourians get back to work, keep businesses open, and allow our economy to rebound. This legislation gives financial support directly to families and workers who need it most and provides assistance to struggling small businesses so they can keep their doors open and pay their employees. If you have lost your job, unemployment insurance has been expanded so you can feed your family and keep a roof over your heads during this uncertain time, and this was done in a temporary fashion so we do not disincentivize people from working. Our health care workers and first responders who have worked long hours on the front lines of this crisis will receive vital personal protective equipment and other resources to keep up the fight. This is an extraordinary piece of legislation, but the work doesn’t stop here. Congress will keep working to improve upon this legislation, mitigate the effects of this pandemic, and ensure the safety of the American people.”