Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the President’s announcement today that he will stop negotiating on another Covid-19 relief deal until after the election:
"Waiting until after the election to reach an agreement on the next Covid-19 relief package is a huge mistake. I have already been in touch with the Secretary of the Treasury, one of the chief negotiators, and with several of my Senate colleagues.
"When the pandemic began, Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked together successfully to take quick, sweeping action -- allocating nearly $3 trillion since March to respond to the crisis and passing the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program I co-authored that has provided more than $2 billion to 28,000 Maine small businesses, helping to sustain 250,000 Maine jobs. That's the same approach we need to take now to continue to provide support for the health and safety of all Americans and the safe, responsible opening of our communities."