WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States reportedly reached another once-unthinkable milestone: 300,000 deaths from COVID-19. With the nation seeing staggering new highs for hospitalizations and infections and Dr. Anthony Fauci warning of “a really dark time” ahead in the first weeks of 2021, the public health crisis is headed in a frightening direction while President Trump and his Senate allies have turned their attention away from curbing the spread of the pandemic entirely.
And with coronavirus cases continuing to spike, small businesses and workers are facing tough roads ahead. Food insecurity is already widespread, and waves of job loss and evictions are on the horizon — all likely to be worsened once remaining support from the CARES Act expires in the new year. But rather than make securing a new aid package a priority, Senate Republicans are content to focus on obstructing President-elect Biden’s ability to staff his Cabinet with competent workers and have a smooth transition of power come Inauguration Day — all for the sake of partisan political game-playing.
“The loss of 300,000 lives is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions — and one that never should have happened,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “With 300,000 Americans unable to celebrate with their families this year and countless households touched by tragedy, the only thing on lawmaker’s and the president’s minds should be stopping the spread of COVID-19. But on the contrary, Trump and his allies in the Senate have all but abandoned the fight against the pandemic in lieu of obstructing a smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s administration. If one thing is clear, it’s that Trump does not care how many lives are lost in this crisis — so long as he is making his and his friends’ special interest allies happy.”