WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after the state of Maryland passed 100,000 COVID-19 cases:
"Over 100,000 Marylanders have tested positive for the coronavirus, and it is clear that this public health crisis is not going away anytime soon. Families throughout our state have been severely affected by this pandemic, and it is imperative now more than ever that we take every available step to slow the spread. The House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act three months ago to provide states with the funding they need to contact trace, test, and treat individuals. It is unacceptable that Senator McConnell, Senate Republicans, and President Trump have failed to act. Marylanders are getting sick and dying because of Republicans’ inaction.
"This Republican inaction impacts our economy and the health of our citizens. As the number of cases continues to rise and the school year begins, it is critically important that we make the health and wellbeing of students, teachers, administrators, and staff our top priority. We must fight this virus with science-based solutions, and protecting the health of families in our state must remain our most important goal. I continue to urge the Senate to pass the Heroes Act and ensure our state has the resources it desperately needs to slow the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”