Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Appeared in Saturday’s “Fox Report” to discuss the status of the upcoming coronavirus stimulus bill and to respond to the virus’ diagnosis by his fellow Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva.
“We’re a little bit in the dark ourselves, even as members of Congress, because it’s done mostly with the White House and currently with the President and the Senate Minority Leader,” Biggs said of discussions on the stimulus bill. “And they’ve basically put us in a kind of wait-and-see situation where we’re going to hang in there and […] they will let us know when we have to come back within 24 hours. ”
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The congressman said issues such as the payroll tax holiday, liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits were being debated by the White House and Democratic leaders.
Biggs also responded to Grijalva, in D-Ariz., Tested positive for the coronavirus and his statement criticizing Republicans for how they have responded to the pandemic.
“This week has shown that some members of Congress are not taking this crisis seriously,” Grijalva said in a statement. “Many Republican members regularly strut around the Capitol without masks to make a selfish political statement to the detriment of their colleagues, staff and families.
Biggs presented his “good wishes” to his colleague in Congress, saying, “I hope he recovers quickly and does not experience a lot of discomfort and some of the severity that can accompany this virus. ”
The Republican also challenged the Democrat over his statement.
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“I’ll tell you, there’s no one in the capital who has taken this virus for granted or in an absurd way,” Biggs said.
“We’ve seen, in the last few weeks anyway, a lot more people trying to make sure they get away socially, wear masks, et cetera, to change that. But I can tell you, for example, that some people who came down with COVID… I don’t think they are all traveling in the same group that Rep Grijalva traveled, ”Biggs said. “And so, I don’t think we should make it a political statement. I think what we should do is discuss how we can improve this situation. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.