Our Path to Recovery
September 19, 2020
Six months ago, our country faced a global health threat we didn’t fully understand. As Americans fell ill and lost their lives to Covid-19, cities and states moved to lock down their economies, leaving millions of Americans out of work and students to finish their school year online.
But we know a lot more about this virus now. We’ve flattened the curve, we know our hospitals will have sufficient capacity, and we better understand how to combat the coronavirus. Unfortunately, too many states have been slow to re-open their economies and plunged millions of parents into uncertainty surrounding their children’s education. As a result of sustained mandated shutdowns, millions of Americans remain out of work and GDP has shrunk by 9.5%.
Keeping our businesses and our schools shut down is not only unsustainable, it poses a grave threat to our country’s economic future. The longer we wait to reopen the economy the harder it will be for Main Street to rebound and for our country to recover.
Frustratingly, too many elected Democrats have cynically decided it serves their partisan interests to maximize the economic pain of the American people. That’s wrong, and the consequences are dire. Just last week, Senate Democrats blocked targeted relief that included several of my proposals to expand school choice and support families and students during these unprecedented times.
Instead of the political bickering and gamesmanship, I believe Congress’ number one priority should be getting the economy back on its feet. This means helping the millions of small businesses that are really struggling and are on the verge of going under.
In the Senate, I’m leading the fight to get the American people safely back to work and our students safely back to school. That’s why I’ve introduced the RECOVERY Act.
WATCH: Cruz on CNBC: RECOVERY Act Is How We Reopen Our Economy, Get Americans Safely Back To Work & School
Now you may be thinking, how is the RECOVERY Act different than other proposals? The RECOVERY Act is comprehensive legislation entirely focused on restarting the economy. My bill would expand Covid-19 testing, deliver meaningful tax relief to employers and employees, bring supply chains back to the United States, and eliminate burdensome regulations that hurt small businesses. It would also give Americans who stopped saving for retirement this year the ability to make “catch-up” contributions and to restore their nest egg if they took a distribution from their retirement plan to cover expenses. You can learn more about the RECOVERY Act here.
Texans and Americans know that the challenges we face cannot be solved by simply borrowing more money from China. Instead, we need to unleash the power of the American free enterprise system and focus on the long term recovery of our country.
That remains my focus, and that’s what I’ll keep fighting for going forward.
Keep Texas Strong,
ADDITIONAL FROM SEN. CRUZ
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