It’s rare to see members of the U.S. Congress finding common ground on just about anything these days, but in the case of the growing Coronavirus global outbreak, federally elected officials from both political parties are lock-step in addressing the virus.
“I’m proud we’ve put politics aside and unified to combat this pandemic,” stated Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D)
Sixteen members of Florida’s congressional delegation penned a letter to President Donald Trump “urging” him to put the entire weight of the government into addressing the Coronavirus in the U.S.
Rep. Ted Deutch (D), who has been posting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warnings and recommendations about the virus, retweeted Rep. Ross Spano (R) and his tweet about the bipartisan letter sent to the president.
“Florida serves as the ‘Gateway to the Americas’ and it’s not a matter of if we are going to see more coronavirus cases, but when and where in our state,” said Rep. Spano.
“Having already identified two cases in the immediate Tampa Bay Area, including in my county, we need to ensure our state and local officials will have the necessary tools to respond to this pandemic.”
Rep. Spano, along with Reps. Ted Deutch, Gus Bilirakis, Matt Gaetz, Bill Posey, Brian Mast, Darren Soto, Ted Yoho, Neil Dunn, Mario Diaz-Balart, Michael Waltz, Daniel Webster, Stephanie Murphy, John Rutherford, Vern Buchanan, and Greg Steube, signed the letter and all voted in favor of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.
The Coronavirus bill allocates $8.3 billion in emergency “supplemental appropriations for the U.S. response to the coronavirus.”
Now, will these same elected officials play nice and work together on issues like healthcare and tax reform?