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Political Notebook: Butterfield supports COVID-19 relief bill

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U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield voiced his support Friday for the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which is the third phase of federal assistance to the global pandemic.

“I’m appreciative to the Democratic leadership for insisting on more robust protections for workers and small business,” Butterfield said in a statement. “The original Senate Republican bill was inadequate in putting families first. After sincere negotiations, the legislation became bipartisan, and for that I am deeply appreciative to my colleagues on both sides of the congressional aisle.”

The $2 trillion in federal aid includes unemployment expansion, direct income assistance payments and temporary relief of federal student loan payments.

“We are facing a health and economic crisis of historic measure, and the CARE Act is the single biggest peacetime legislation ever passed in our nation’s history,” Butterfield said. “Our families and workers deserve nothing less, and while there is still much work to be done, the bipartisan aid package will help stabilize some of the health and economic destruction this outbreak has caused thus far. I will continue to fight for the people of the 1st District of North Carolina and support their needs through this crisis.”

Tillis expresses support for stay-at-home order

Sen. Thom Tillis added his support to Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday after the latest executive order forced the 5 p.m. Monday closure of many businesses across the state to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We are all in this together, and in order to protect the health of North Carolinians and get through this crisis as quickly as possible, we must all do our part to contain community spread over the next several weeks,” Tillis said. “I’ve had discussions with Gov. Cooper about the challenge of protecting both the physical and economic health of the state, and the governor made the difficult but correct decision to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.

“I’m glad this order allows essential industries to continue their important work while also providing flexibility to North Carolina businesses that are able to practice social distancing and maintain a safe and healthy work environment to protect their employees and the general public.”

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