House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Sunday the next stimulus bill has to offer “liability protection” for small businesses faced with the grim prospect of not being able to reopen amid continuing coronavirus outbreaks.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy said the liability also should extend to schools that are reopening in the fall.
“The things I look for and the things we need to do, we need liability of protection, because these small businesses are questioning whether they can open again — our schools and others — so let's protect those as we move forward,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said he would “look at places that we should prioritize the safety when it comes to child care, or for our children, our teachers inside schools, and then I would look at the supply chain” for getting businesses to move back to the United States from China.
A draft summary of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s liability protection proposal outlines several provisions that attempt to shield businesses, schools and health care providers who follow public health guidelines from personal injury in coronavirus-related trial lawsuits, Roll Call has reported.
“Nobody wants to send somebody to school that's unsafe. That's why Congress should actually look at this. How can we protect when it comes to child care, the children in school and the teachers,” McCarthy said.
“Remember what is happening here with Warp Speed,” he said of an initiative to find a vaccine for the coronavirus.
“We've got five companies that… have a real promise of having a vaccine, could even be this year,” he added. “Or the therapies coming forward tomorrow is going to be better than today based upon what this administration is doing.”
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