BRT Urges Congress, the Administration to Redouble Efforts on COVID-19 Legislation

August 10, 2020

Washington – Amid a series of executive orders issued over the weekend and with Congress and the Administration yet to successfully negotiate the next phase of COVID-19 legislation, Business Roundtable President & CEO Joshua Bolten released the following statement:

“Business Roundtable urges the House and Senate to redouble their efforts to work together and with the Administration on a legislative package to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. While we agree with the intent of the Administration’s actions to bring immediate relief to American workers and families, only bipartisan legislation can provide the certainty and funding necessary to bolster the public health and economic response effectively in communities across the country now. From shoring up individuals, families and small businesses and making investments in education and worker training to keeping markets open and enacting targeted liability protections, there is much work to be done to ensure a safe and rapid recovery. If continued, the current political impasse will impede our ability to alleviate the crisis and reduce the long-term costs on the economy, American lives and livelihoods.”

Business Roundtable on July 21 sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining measures needed in Phase 4 legislation to ensure a safe and rapid recovery. The Roundtable first called for such additional action in May following House passage of the HEROES Act.