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Washington – During this morning’s House Republican leadership press conference, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) discussed the need for the President to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court as well as House Republican’s efforts to circumvent Speaker Pelosi’s obstruction of COVID-19 relief by bringing forward a petition that would discharge legislation expanding the availability of PPP loans for small businesses. 

Watch the video here, and see the transcript below:

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Hi everybody. Thank you for joining us today, we appreciate it. We want to talk about several issues. First of all, the Supreme Court nomination, we are obviously very focused and unified behind the President nominating. We’re going to be following what’s happening in the Senate closely — they ought to move to confirm quickly. We think that the American people have spoken in terms of this election cycle. The President has the constitutional obligation, responsibility to name a Justice and we anticipate and are hearing he will do so. It’s critically important to recognize the lasting legacy of this President’s nominations to the Supreme Court and also to the lower courts. It’s been really in coordination with the Senate, a tremendous set of progress and achievements — naming judges and Justices who understand the role of the courts is to interpret the law, not to make law, as well as Justices who are committed to the original intent of the Constitution and upholding that.

We’re also working closely, obviously we know the American people are in need of additional COVID relief, the extent to which we have watched this Speaker, time and time again, choose the very most partisan approach with respect to relief packages, putting packages on the floor that she knows will not pass the Senate, she knows will not end up at the President’s desk and, therefore, will not help the American people. At a moment when people’s lives are on the line, at a moment when people’s livelihoods are on the line, she has demonstrated again and again a cynical approach to leadership that is absolutely not responding to the needs of the people and putting the people at risk. We are very proud to be able to continue fighting this fight, and we have taken important steps to move legislation, one of the only tools that the minority has is a discharge petition.

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