COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to Sen. Rob Portman’s latest comments on stalled coronavirus relief legislation:
“As of May 15 — the day that the U.S. House passed the Heroes Act, a comprehensive coronavirus relief package — 1,581 Ohioans had died from COVID-19,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “At that time, Sen. Rob Portman pushed for a wait-and-see approach. While Rob has been waiting and seeing, nearly 5,000 more Ohioans have passed away. But today — when he’s clearly worried about his re-election — Rob is saying, ‘I think we need to act now.’ It’s ludicrous.
“Republican obstructionism in the face of a deadly pandemic has made the coronavirus crisis worse, and Rob Portman has been part of the problem, attacking his Democratic colleagues for having the audacity to call for more funding for state and local governments and hospitals. The truth is this — throughout the coronavirus crisis, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Rob Portman have prioritized the wealthy and big corporations over workers. Rob cares more about his donors than the people of Ohio who are losing their jobs and their lives because of his wait-and-see attitude.”