After Senate Republicans introduced the HEALS Act, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) joined Fox and Friends to discuss the Republican financial response to the COVID-19 crisis, and he expressed why he believes that Democrats will not work in a bipartisan manner.
In the interview, the Florida lawmaker expressed that “anything we put out, the Democrats and Chuck Schumer are going to attack.” He added, “let’s not forget there’s an election in about two and a half months and they want to win those seats.” On what their response would be in regards to working alongside Democrats, Rubio hypothesized, “we could’ve taken their bill and filed it, and they would’ve said, ‘well it’s not good enough, we want more.’”
Ultimately, he said that “that’s just part of the political game” that’s at play during a difficult time for the country and the world.
In explaining a bit of what the HEALS Act would entail, Rubio said that “this bill touches on a lot of bases and things that we need to do,” noting that “the way this place works, we can’t pass a bill without Democrats supporting it as well.” In trying to respond to the American people in a quick manner, he stressed that an important. Part of getting the legislation passed is having. “to get it through the House, which is controlled by the Democrats, and it has to be signed by President Trump, who is a Republican.”
However, “it’s not going to be easy to get there, but I believe we ultimately will.”
Still, Rubio believes that it will not be done quickly. “I don’t know if it will take two weeks or one week or three weeks,” he questioned. “It’ll take a little bit of time, but we have to do something, and that’s why I’m confident that we ultimately will do something that’s meaningful,” he concluded.
This comes at a time when COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the sunshine state.
However, Rubio is hopeful that the numbers are beginning to fall, which also contributes to more aspects of Florida’s economy continuing to open.
“We’re starting to see the flu-like and COVID-like symptoms visits to the E.R. begin to fall,” Rubio said, adding “that over the next few days and weeks, as people begin to limit the number of people they come in contact with, we can begin to bring this more under control.”