Governor, U.S. Senators Call on Senate to Pass Federal COVID-19 Relief Legislation

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Xinhua News Agency

The governor and the states U.S. senators came together this morning to call on the U.S. Senate to pass additional federal COVID-19 relief legislation to provide states with revenue to battle the pandemic.

Gov. Ned Lamont, Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal held a news conference at 11:45 a.m. in Hartford to call for the U.S. Senate to pass "The Heroes Act."

Murphy said the federal government needs to step up and help Connecticut and other states fund efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

He said the epidemic is "raging" and Congress needs to pass legislation to help states balance their budget and also help to expand COVID-19 testing, adding that the Senate should be working,, not on vacation, to pass legislation to help states.

Murphy said Congress will return next week and he hopes Republicans in the Senate will take up that legislation.

NBC News reports that Democrats want another round of stimulus payments up to $1,200 to go out but Senate Republicans are on the fence or opposed.

Blumenthal, Murphy are Democrats, as is Governor Lamont.

Blumenthal said he has been all across the state and has been "inspired and impressed" by how people have come together to tell each other to do the right thing.

"Lead or get out of the the way," Blumenthal said, addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"We are talking about make or break needs," Blumenthal said,

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