March 23, 2020

Video: Kaine On Coronavirus Economic Relief: “This Package Has Got To Be Right For Working People”

Video of Kaine’s speech:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a floor speech pushing for passage of a coronavirus economic relief package that backstops low- and middle-income Americans who have lost earnings, supports small businesses, ensures that funding for larger businesses is used to protect their employees, provides robust assistance to state and local governments, and strengthens our health care network.

“There won't be any amount of economic stimulus that'll work if we don't handle the public health crisis in a very smart way going forward,” Kaine said.

“The American public needs action, the American public needs big action. But if we're going to spend $2 trillion and we spend it the wrong way, we will regret it for years. If we spend it the right way we can get through this crisis in a way that will do minimum damage to our economy,” Kaine continued.

Kaine has cosponsored bills to support workers and families affected by the pandemic and called for immediate payments to low- and middle-income Americans to help them weather the economic fallout. Kaine has also urged the Trump Administration to better protect Americans, including by addressing the safety of seniors and people with disabilities and protecting workers in the hospitality and tourism industry.