U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on Monday praised the imminent passage of bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation and advised that Democrats were to blame for holding up an agreement in recent months.
In a joint statement, Loeffler and Perdue insisted that Democrats had been “playing politics with Americans’ health and livelihoods” by delaying relief to those who desperately need it.
“After months of Democrats playing politics with Americans’ health and livelihoods by blocking additional relief for our families and small businesses, we finally have a path forward. During a crisis, we need proven leaders who can get things done,” stated the Republican senators, who both are set to face off against their Democratic challengers in ongoing runoff contests.
“Together, we are delivering nearly $1 trillion in additional aid to the American people on top of the $3 trillion already disbursed,” they continued. “Over $47 billion has already gone directly to Georgia’s families, farmers, front-line workers, schools, hospitals, and more is on the way.”
Perdue and Loeffler outlined, “We secured additional funding for the successful Paycheck Protection Program, which helped so many of our small businesses stay open and saved over 1.5 million Georgia jobs. We provided two rounds of relief checks to help everyone make ends meet. We made sure our schools and hospitals have the resources they need to respond. We provided more support to our farmers during this challenging year. We also helped our airlines retain their workers so they can keep flying. We developed and delivered a life-saving vaccine in record time so we can finally beat this virus. We will continue to take historic action to protect and rebuild our communities from this unprecedented crisis and we will not stop fighting for the people of Georgia.”
They also slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) over their handling of relief negotiations, saying it “could have been delivered months ago” if it were not for the both of them.
“Sadly, but not surprisingly, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi made this much harder than it ever needed to be, purposely holding up relief that could have been delivered months ago,” Loeffler and Perdue stated. “Republicans have been voting to pass this relief since September — but for Democrats, it’s all politics all of the time and they voted it down until after the November election.”
The GOP senators also targeted their Democratic challengers in the statement, highlighting them as “radical liberals.”
“Radical liberals Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock wouldn’t challenge this heartless dysfunction — they’d enable it,” they added. “Both Ossoff and Warnock criticized relief and did not want to ‘get bogged down in the details,’ but that’s what it takes to reach consensus and get real results. Instead, Ossoff and Warnock would be nothing but rubber stamps for Schumer’s radical agenda in the U.S. Senate.”
The respective runoff elections between Loeffler and Raphael Warnock, and between Perdue and Jon Ossoff, have been set for January 5 in the Peach State. Early voting is underway.