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Lipinski: Partisan gridlock is wasting time during pandemic

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski speaks to a gathering of elected officials and airport staff on Thursday, June 6, 2019, during a conference announcing the construction of a new air traffic control tower at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski speaks to a gathering of elected officials and airport staff on Thursday, June 6, 2019, during a conference announcing the construction of a new air traffic control tower at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski chided his congressional colleagues Monday after they failed to pass a massive relief bill meant to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Lipinski, D-Western Springs, made the plea for bipartisan cooperation as Congress argued over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package.

"Our nation is facing an unprecedented crisis and our gridlocked politics is wasting precious time as people on both sides try to use the situation to their own advantage instead of focusing on what is best for the American people to get through this crisis," Lipinski said in a statement.

The congressman also cited years of increasing polarization during which "our politics and our society have rewarded finger-pointing instead of problem solving."

Lipinski highlighted a call for bipartisanship from the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which he is a member.

The caucus called for both parties to "put America ahead of ideological purity and deliver immediate solutions for our country" in a statement. Members argued time is of the essence and that lives and jobs were on the line.

Even President Donald Trump called for Congress to pass the relief bill in a tweet this week "without all of the nonsense."

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