There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for Oregon families and businesses, both in terms of public health and economic hardship. While all Oregon families have felt the impact of this crisis, Kurt knows that the burden isn’t shared equally by everyone. That’s why Kurt voted for the CARES Act, which provided direct cash assistance to struggling families, and helped secure emergency aid to Oregon’s fisheries to protect good Oregon jobs. Kurt also focused on the crisis being faced by Oregon’s small businesses, adding $130 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program and $60 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), with funding going to community lenders. He joined the Oregon delegation in asking Congress to address the barriers that have left Latinx and immigrant communities more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact.
Kurt also understands that locking our nation into staggering debt is unsustainable and irresponsible. In order to effectively help Oregon families, Congress must commit to responsible fiscal reform and bipartisan problem-solving, not symbolic grandstanding. Keeping Americans healthy and economically secure shouldn’t be a partisan issue— we need to work together to provide effective, financially sound relief for our communities.