Utah Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, right, and his wife Julie McAdams leave Murray City Hall in December. The congressman, who has COVID-19 and is being treated in Utah, says the coronavirus relief package now awaiting a vote in the House isn’t perfect, but is urgently needed. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Many members of Congress say the massive coronavirus relief package now awaiting a vote in the House isn’t perfect, including Utah’s Republican and Democratic representatives.
But they say the bipartisan $2.2 trillion emergency measure that unanimously passed the Senate is urgently needed to help strapped families and businesses, and those fighting the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines.
“I’ve heard some people say this is a stimulus package. It’s not. It’s a rescue package,” Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said. “This rescue package is critical to helping people survive for the next few weeks, few months.”
Utah stands to receive $1.5 billion or more through a variety of economic vehicles to give the state’s economy a jolt.
Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, said it’s the compromise on the table, and what’s important now is that resources are headed to Utah families, small businesses and employees, hospitals and health care workers, and state and local governments.
“I remain focused on working with Utahns to counter the effects of this virus outbreak as it continues to hammer our communities,” McAdams said in a statement Thursday.
McAdams is among the hundreds of Utahns and thousands across the country who know firsthand the effects of COVID-19. He has been in the hospital since last Friday to receive treatment for breathing problems after contracting the virus.
“I learned this virus can suddenly turn your life from active and normal to struggling to breathe,” he said in a tweet.
McAdams is communicating with his staff and other members of Congress on details of the Senate bill from his hospital room.
The Senate passed the economic package 96-0 late Wednesday, though Utah’s two Republican senators were not there to vote. Both Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Mike Lee are self-isolating at home in Utah after being exposed to a senator with COVID-19.
“While I wish I were there tonight to cast my vote for this critically needed legislation, I’m pleased my colleagues got this relief package across the finish line,” Romney said on social media late Wednesday. “I implore the House to pass this bill and get it …read more
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