WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn delivered the following remarks on the House floor today:

“While today’s vote to provide relief to families who are suffering due to circumstances far beyond their control is welcome, it is long overdue and insufficient to fully meet their needs.

“Democrats put forth our priorities last May to bring relief to those who are sick, unemployed, homeless and hungry. Republicans instead chose to ignore and obfuscate the widespread suffering.

“This short-term package will provide direct payments, an unemployment benefits extension, and some assistance to help families afford rent, food, water and broadband.

“I applaud our Speaker for negotiating these critical provisions and my colleagues who came together in a bipartisan way to drive this compromise. But this package must be viewed only as a down payment.

“Most of us can hardly wait to begin the new year with renewed hope. Our resolve as we come into 2021 with a new Congress and a new administration is to provide the leadership and support Americans need and deserve to get us beyond this pandemic. There can be no greater pursuit in 2021.”