First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year

First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year

Rep. Cindy AxneCindy AxneDemocrats face new pressure to raise taxes Iowa governor questions lack of notice on migrant children flights to Des Moines First Democrat announces Senate bid against Iowa's Grassley MORE (D-Iowa), a first-term lawmaker who won reelection in a state carried by President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE, is urging the White House and congressional leaders to reach an agreement on a coronavirus relief package before the end of the year.

"There is no campaigning left to distract and detract from negotiations; Americans cannot wait longer for aid," Axne said in a letter to Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals 'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare MORE (D-Calif.).

"I urge you to finalize a COVID relief package expeditiously so that we can contain the spread of this virus and ensure that no American must fear homelessness, economic insecurity, job loss or business closure during this year."


The letter comes two days after Election Day. Democrats are projected to retain their majority in the House, but several first-term Democrats lost their reelection races. Axne is projected to have narrowly won her reelection race against former Rep. David YoungDavid Edmund YoungFirst-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Axne wins reelection in Iowa Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE (R-Iowa).

Negotiations between Pelosi and the White House over a coronavirus relief package had stalled ahead of the election.

Axne said in her letter that the Midwest is seeing record levels of coronavirus cases, and that there are concerns that health systems will be overburdened if there is also a flu outbreak. She also noted that some coronavirus relief efforts are set to expire at the end of the year, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eviction moratorium and unemployment benefits for self-employed and gig economy workers.

"With the coming winter confining folks inside more and more, we must be ready to support our hospitals, health care workers, small businesses, and all Americans in these upcoming times," she wrote. 

The United States recorded over 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a grim record set by a country leading the world in coronavirus-related deaths. 

The appeal from the freshman Democrat also comes as uncertainty looms over the lame-duck session after the election during which a stimulus bill could be passed. However, lawmakers are unsure of Trump's willingness to cut deals if he loses the November election.