Sen. Cornyn calls federal response to coronavirus a ‘call to action’

Texas Republican says crisis has exposed a ‘vulnerability that most of us weren’t fully cognizant of’

SAN ANTONIO – Lawmakers in Washington have passed a series of relief bills to help American workers and business owners through the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you had told me a couple of months ago that I would end up voting on a $2.2 trillion package and it would pass unanimously in the Senate, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, said. “But this is really a call to action.”

Cornyn said Congress has taken the unprecedented to try and address the crisis.

“We need to also make sure we get resources to our frontline public health providers or doctors and nurses and hospitals and get money to people who may not be receiving a paycheck and to help our small businesses survive this crisis and come back on the other side and still be able to operate,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn said we’ve seen viruses like this in the past, but it has never hit the U.S. like this before.

“I think obviously this coronavirus has exposed a vulnerability that most of us weren’t fully cognizant of,” Cornyn said.

In 2005, then-President George W. Bush warned about what a pandemic could do and allocated billions of dollars to establish a stockpile of items that are being used today.

“A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire," Bush said in a 2005 speech to the National Institutes of Health. “If caught early, it might be extinguished with limited damage; if allowed to smolder undetected, it can grow to an inferno that spreads quickly beyond our ability to control it.”

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