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Rep. Waters Discusses Coronavirus Relief on MSNBC

March 28, 2020
Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, joined MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid to discuss the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the state of California and Congress’ response to the crisis, including the House passage of the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congresswoman Waters played an integral role in drafting.

During the interview, Congresswoman Waters applauded provisions of the CARES Act, particularly the relief measures for small businesses and workers. She expressed her commitment to continuing to push for the bold and progressive proposals that were included in her Committee’s comprehensive coronavirus response plan that would provide $2000 per month for every adult and $1000 per month for every child; ban evictions, foreclosures, and repossessions nationwide; and suspend all consumer credit payments for car notes, student loans, and credit cards.

We have people who work every day and [make] minimum wage. When they get laid off or fired, they don’t have any cushion. They don’t have anywhere to turn…. We’ve got to do more,” said Congresswoman Waters.

Congresswoman Waters also discussed her efforts to assist seniors and families in her District who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. She closed by thanking medical professionals and all those who are serving on the front lines of the crisis.

I want to shout out the nurses, and the doctors, and the orderlies, and the [LPNs], and all who are putting their lives on the line. We appreciate you. We thank you. Be as safe and secure as you possibly can. We honor you for the work that you’re doing. That’s why I went back to Washington to vote, because if they can go every day and service those who are sick and put themselves at risk, I had to go and take that vote,” said Congresswoman Waters. 

Click here watch a video of her full interview.