House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) today mourned the death of Louisiana Republican Luke Letlow, a 41-year-old father of two who died of COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, just five days before he was due to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It’s just another reminder that this affects everyone, and it doesn’t matter how young or old you are,” Pallone said.
“I see this bill as a down payment. I am not going to oversell this bill,” he said. “We obviously though the number should be much higher overall.”
Pallone wanted more money for unemployment, higher amounts for stimulus checks, and more assistance for state and local governments.
“We wanted to have money for direct state and local aid for the state and our towns,” said Pallone. “This is very insufficient.”
For Pallone, who chairs one of the most powerful committees on Capitol Hill, life will be better when Donald Trump leaves office on January 20.
“We’re looking forward to this new administration under Joe Biden, and we fully expect that we can do more,” the 18-term congressman from Monmouth County said.
Pallone was also effusive in his praise of Murphy, one of his constituents in New Jersey’s 6th district.
“You have to look at things from a personal level,” said Pallone. “One of the best things about you and Tammy is that you don’t just look at data. You don’t just look at this in a macro sense, you look at how everything affects the individual.”