WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the top Republican of the Energy and Commerce Committee, joined Kevin Cirilli on Bloomberg TV to talk about how Congress is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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Look, I think everybody understands the seriousness of this situation and the need to get this help out to people who are filing for unemployment, businesses that are suffering, our communities that need help, our first responders that need the PPE. We got to get more vaccines out there and we’ve got to invest in new testing and new cures. And so all of that is wrapped up into this package and so yes I think you’ll see an overwhelming voice vote for this.
Well, I wish there was a lot more in here. We advocated to buy oil while it was cheap and put it in the strategic stockpile…We couldn’t get that done. I think it would have made perfect business sense and economic sense for taxpayers. But what we did get done was turning off selling oil that we bought at a high price for a very low price so that provision did get in here.
Well I think first we need to see how this plays out…I think we have to look at supply chain vulnerability. This is something that I’ve harped on. I know my friend across the aisle, Anna Eshoo, has championed this effort as well. We now have it on full display the vulnerability in our supply chain for critical medicines and equipment.
Yeah so some of them have done this, I know AT&T has and I think other companies are as well, lifting their data caps allowing you to use your WiFi hotspot at home if you will, unlimited. They’re waiving fines and fees and penalties…The ISPs and the carriers are coming together to do really positive things, work with the FCC. Chairman Pai has been terrific in this “Keep America Connected” plan.