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Steel Silent as President Trump Blocks Emergency COVID-19 Relief for Orange County Families and Small Businesses

Oct 06, 2020

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Following Donald Trump’s announcement today that he has no intention of working on a COVID-19 relief bill until after the election, Congressman Harley Rouda’s re-election campaign called out his opponent Michelle Steel for her silence and complicity.

Responding to the shocking abdication of leadership at a time when so many Americans are struggling, Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement:

“Today, President Trump instructed Congress to ‘stop negotiating’ on an emergency COVID-19 package that would save lives and livelihoods. I’m angry, and you should be too.

Unsurprisingly, my opponent refuses to put county over party and stand up for struggling Orange County families by condemning President Trump’s callous directive. Time and time again, Michelle Steel has remained silent while President Trump ignored, deliberately downplayed, or personally spread the coronavirus.

Orange County families and small businesses are counting on their Congressmember to fight tirelessly for them during this unprecedented time. I have been on the frontlines of this crisis, bringing back $554 million in federal dollars to Orange County, securing over $1 billion for small businesses, and listening to public health experts. This November, voters will remember the failed leadership of President Trump and Michelle Steel to fight COVID-19.”