Weekly Update | November 14, 2020
Potential COVID-19 Vaccine 90% Effective in Trials
Earlier this week, the drug manufacturer Pfizer announced that early trials of their COVID-19 vaccine have shown to be more than 90% effective in protecting people against the virus. This is great news. I'm proud of the bipartisan work the Federal government has done this year in working to find an effective vaccine. We are one step closer to beating this virus and getting back to normal.

"A coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE showed in an early analysis to be more than 90% effective in protecting people from Covid-19, a much-better-than-anticipated result that marks a milestone in the hunt for shots that can stop the pandemic.

"The positive, though incomplete, results bring the vaccine a big step closer to getting cleared for widespread use. Pfizer said it is on track to ask health regulators for permission to sell the shot before the end of this month, if pending data indicate the vaccine is safe.

"The timetable suggests the vaccine could go into distribution this month or next, though U.S. health regulators have indicated they will take some time to conduct their review. Then it will take months for the companies to make enough doses for the general population..."

Read the entire article on the potential COVID-19 vaccine here.
Cutting Through The Red Tape
More Important Updates
Speaker Pelosi Must Stop Obstructing Additional COVID-19 Relief
The federal government should absolutely provide additional support to families, workers, small businesses, first responders, and others, but Congress can't do anything until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stops her obstruction of an additional COVID-19 relief package.

I spoke about this issue with WJBC's Scott Miller earlier this week:

...“That’s really up to Speaker Pelosi to call us back and actually have a plan. Her plan before was to say ‘I will do stand-alone measures like our Arline relief portion,” which is necessary. Our PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) portion, which she wasn’t high on doing. Then the next day, she would say, ‘well, no, we need a bigger package, and it needs to be three trillion-plus.’ If she’s serious about coming in and fixing problems like our small business owners are facing because of the new (Gov.) Pritzker lockdowns. We need to give them access to one-hundred billion-plus that is still sitting in an account unused in Washington.”

The Taylorville Republican told WJBC’s Scott Miller that small businesses could receive help quickly if the Speaker called the House of Representatives into a session and voted on the measure...

You can read about my interview with WJBC's Scott Miller here.
Investing in Infrastructure Shouldn't Be Political
Improving our roads and bridges shouldn't political, but earlier this year, House Democrats hijacked the typically-bipartisan surface transportation bill to push their Green New Deal policies. We can't let infrastructure fall victim to a partisan political agenda like the Democrat's far-left environmental policies.

From my interview with The Hill:

Partisan politics and stalled negotiations over another COVID-19 relief bill are impeding progress toward much needed infrastructure bills, lawmakers said Thursday.

“We’ve got to do more, and the only way to do more is to get politics out of infrastructure once again,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said at The Hill’s “America’s Agenda: Infrastructure” event. “Unfortunately, that’s what killed any long-term infrastructure bill that we could’ve passed to address our crumbling roads and bridges.”

Davis, a four-term lawmaker and the top Republican of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit, said he witnessed “bipartisan cooperation in the past” for legislation like the Highway Reauthorization Act, but months-long pandemic relief negotiations are worsening relations between the two parties are having an effect on issues like infrastructure.

...Davis said that the divided behavior of the House is “not good for how our country should govern,” but he predicts that progress on infrastructure bills can be made after the election.

“I’m optimistic that once we get through this whole election, we come back in the lame duck session, that it’s good common sense policies like this that politics will frankly be pushed aside and this will be pushed through.”
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis talks with the The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons on infrastructure
You can watch my entire interview with Steve Clemons on infrastructure here.