Wilcox suggests special session for relief of governor’s COVID shutdown
(Originally produced Nov. 15, 2020. Posted Dec. 2, 2020)
Republicans in the state House of Representatives say the governor's new COVID-19 restrictions fail to consider the enormous consequences of another shutdown. They want a remote special session to enact financial relief and a comprehensive plan. John Sattgast reports.
SATTGAST: House Republican Leader Representative J.T. Wilcox says the governor is right to be concerned about the spike of COVID-19 infections in Washington state. . .
WILCOX: “This is not a joke, it's very serious. We have to take it seriously.”
SATTGAST: But Wilcox is concerned the new statewide restrictions announced Sunday by Governor Inslee will be devastating for workers, businesses, restaurants and small retailers. . .
WILCOX: “They were just, I think, starting to see a chance for recovery. And right at the time they really have to create success for their whole year, they're now closed down again.”
SATTGAST: The Republican leader from Yelm says 50-million dollars in grants and loans the governor promised Sunday won't be enough. And the state, he says, shouldn't rely on – or blame Congress. Wilcox suggests a special session of the Legislature is needed now to enact a comprehensive relief and recovery plan at the state level to help Washingtonians as the governor's new restrictions take effect.
WILCOX: “We have the resources if we call in the Legislature for a special session, we have members involved in those industries that can help craft solutions. . .and we can fund them. But the governor has to let somebody else, like the Legislature, be involved in this decision.”
SATTGAST: Wilcox added House Republicans are actively working on relief legislation and would be ready within a 24-hour notice to go into a remote special session to help those affected by these new restrictions. John Sattgast, the state Capitol.
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