WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn delivered the following remarks today on the Floor in advance of the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

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“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time. I just want to take a moment to thank all of my colleagues for responding to what is an unprecedented event in the history of this country. Many of us who’ve studied history know full well that the country’s been here before, and we have always recovered. The problem is, many times that recovery is uneven, and what we’ve done with this legislation is created the opportunity to have a more equitable recovery taking place, and I thank you all for doing that. The fact of the matter is this is a great country which does not have to be made great again. What we’ve got to do is make this country’s greatness accessible and affordable for all Americans. This legislation makes an attempt to do that, and I hope that as we go forward we will build upon it. And when we come back, which we will, we will have an equitable society for all. Thank you.”