Cunningham Votes Against Partisan Response Package

October 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following his vote against the HEROES 2.0 package, Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) released the following statement:

"While imperfect, the CARES Act was a vital lifeline to many Lowcountry small businesses and families, and to those facing unemployment through no fault of their own.  As several of its most critical provisions and funds have expired in recent weeks, I’ve made it clear to Congressional leadership the pressing need to pass additional COVID relief -- specifically the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus 'March to Common Ground' framework I helped introduce -- which has received interest from the White House and representatives on both sides of the aisle. A crisis this urgent demands a bipartisan, bicameral, and fiscally prudent response, not another partisan messaging package. While the ‘so-called’ HEROES Act 2.0 contains several important provisions for which I’ve been fighting over the past few months, I ultimately cannot vote for a one-sided bill whose primary purpose is more a messaging exercise than a real solution to a generational public health and economic crisis.

"I remain optimistic about the status of recent negotiations between Speaker Pelosi and the White House, and hope they will strongly consider the 'March to Common Ground’ framework I introduced with the Problem Solvers Caucus. Both parties must remain at the negotiating table and hammer out a deal that can provide urgent relief for workers, families, small businesses, and local governments."