Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse called on the U.S. Senate to cancel its upcoming recess in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
He issued a statement Thursday morning in which he warned that the Senate has work to do to help Americans deal with the coronavirus.
“Nursing home operators in Nebraska are telling me they’re worried because they have patients who might have coronavirus, but they don’t have enough testing kits to find out,” Sasse said. (RELATED: Trump Announces Near-Total Ban On Travel From Europe To U.S. In Coronavirus Address)
“Instead of going into recess next week, the Senate ought to keep working on the people’s business — both addressing the obvious deficiencies in our diagnostic testing pipeline, and debating the President’s call last night for economic legislation. ”
He added: “The Senate has work to do. Let’s get to it.”
Sasse’s statement came less than a day after President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office and announced a near-total ban on travel from Europe to the United States.
I am fully prepared to use the full power of the Federal Government to deal with our current challenge of the CoronaVirus!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
“We are responding with great speed and professionalism,” Trump said. “To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.”
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