Gardner Statement on the Partisan Obstruction Delaying COVID-19 Relief

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act:

“Coloradans and Americans across the country are expecting us to do our jobs, but with today’s vote Senate Democrats told the American people that politics is more important than policy. And that’s wrong,” said Senator Gardner. “My colleagues on the other side of the aisle would have you believe that the American people can wait for unemployment benefits and more help for businesses. That’s why they blocked this relief, even though they agree with what this bill provides. Some people in Washington find the politics of pandering and partisanship too intriguing and inviting. The American people find it sickening.”

The coronavirus relief package contains:

  • $105 billion to support students’ safe return to in-person learning and educational opportunities 
  • $16 billion for testing and related containment efforts
  • $31 billion for activities like vaccine development and distribution
  • $20 billion in farm assistance
  • $15 billion to support childcare services
  • Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow a second loan, with reforms to require new applications to show revenue loss
  • Simplifying the loan forgiveness application process for current and future PPP recipients receiving loans of $150,000 or less
  • Enhanced unemployment benefits of $300 per week through December 27, 2020
  • $10 billion in assistance to the United States Postal Service (USPS)


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.