U.S. Sen. Casey calls on federal government to do more in response to coronavirus pandemic

Written by on July 8, 2020

U.S. Sen. Casey calls on federal government to do more in response to coronavirus pandemic

By Julia Agos, WITF

July 8, 2020

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., talks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate plunges into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses. Trump himself claims he wants top aides to testify, but qualified that by suggesting there were “national security” concerns to allowing their testimony. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator is calling on the federal government to do more in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

WITF’s Julia Agos reports on Democrat Bob Casey’s plans for COVID-19 relief as the commonwealth has seen a steady uptick in cases

Senator Bob Casey says he’s concerned about the long-term effects of the pandemic.

He worries the unemployment crisis will outlast the coronavirus – if businesses are not given more financial assistance.

Casey says he thinks the federal government should take a leadership role in the response and recovery effort.

So, the Democratic lawmaker is calling for a nationwide testing plan and a personal protective equipment distribution program.

“We’ve never done this in war, if we’re on a war footing, which we should be with the virus. We’ve never said states have to make their own war material, when we were fighting World War I or World War II. There’s no excuse for the failure of leadership,” said Casey.  

Casey tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in May.

He says getting the virus showed him just how easily it can be transmitted. 

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