Listen Live

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hoosier businesses are suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), brought some of their stories to the U.S. Senate floor, to encourage the Senate to act on a relief bill that would potentially put money in the hands of all Americans.

The $2 trillion relief bill has stalled over partisan priorities, and Young condemned the inaction.

“Let’s not allow this legislation to be hijacked. Let’s live up to the high standards of the American people,” he said. “At this difficult moment let’s come together like we did in 9/11, like our country has so consistently when the chips are down.”

Young encouraged his constituents to make phone calls and send e-mails asking senators to pass a bill.

“It’s an emergency. It’s not time for Nancy Pelosi’s priorities. It’s time for the American peoples’ priorities.”

Young shared several stories.

“Restaurants across the state of Indiana have had to close their doors. St. Elmo’s just had to do it. The first time they’ve closed their doors since 1902,” he said. “They were even able to keep their doors open in the midst of the 1918 flu pandemic. This is bad. The Senate needs to act.”

He also shared the story of a baking company in central Indiana that laid off over 100 people, and the story of an eye doctor’s office in North Vernon.

“The owner says we simply don’t have the cash to fund theur wages while they’re off work.”

Young concluded with a plea.

“We’ll make America great again from the bottom up. It doesn’t have to take that long. We’ll bounce back. But, the longer we wait, the harder it will be.”