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Blumenthal Statement on U.S. Surpassing 300,000 Coronavirus Deaths

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement after Johns Hopkins University announced that more than 300,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States – the most of any nation in the world:

“Another grim milestone—300,000 American lives lost to COVID—makes all the more urgent Congress’ moral obligation to approve the pandemic relief measure without delay.”

“This tragic toll is beyond shattering. My heartfelt thoughts are with the grieving families and loved ones, including those of more than 5,000 people we have lost in Connecticut. Loss of parents, children, coworkers, friends, community leaders—the list is gut wrenching. Our country is forever changed.”

“This highly dangerous winter and holiday season threatens to take even more lives at cruelly relentless speed. We must redouble our resolve to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe by wearing masks, physically distancing, and washing our hands. With safe and effective vaccines soon available, the next great challenge ahead is making it available to every American as quickly as possible.”

“President Trump and his administration have proven themselves entirely inept at managing this pandemic to protect the public. Instead, they have chosen to shamefully sow distrust in our democracy and recklessly play political games.”

“Congress must swiftly pass comprehensive relief for the sake of lives and livelihoods. I stand ready to consider reasonable policies and plans to help conquer the pandemic and economic crisis.”