WASHINGTON— Last night, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) held a telephone town hall where he provided an update on the federal government’s response to COVID-19 and took questions. More than 8,400 Oklahomans participated in the call.
Below are highlights of the event and a full recording can be found here.
On the Senate Republican’s proposed HEALS Act:
“It’s roughly a trillion dollars and I’ve got to think really hard about this if it’s something I’m willing to support yet. We’ve spent a lot of money, well over $3 trillion so far on the COVID crisis and the question becomes, can the country afford this? What we pay today, we’ve got to pay later. We’ve got to be really careful about this.”
On renewing the Paycheck Protection Program in the next relief package:
“The PPP was a lifeline for 64,000 businesses in the state of Oklahoma. Otherwise, we would have seen drastic lay-offs. The Paycheck Protection Program protects our number one asset, which is our employees.”
On extending unemployment assistance:
“If workers can make more money being at home than they can at work, there is no incentive for them to work. We’ve got to be very careful as a country that we don’t stagnate our own economy. Companies can’t grow if they don’t have help and our economy has to grow each year. One thing that has been great about President Trump and his presidency is that, until as of late, we’ve seen our economy growing. It’s been one of the strongest economies in recent history for the U.S. Right now, it’s not that they’re not willing to work, it’s that financially it would be crazy for them to go back to work because they can make more money staying at home.”