Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has this week’s GOP Weekly Radio Address.
I’m Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The past month has been a difficult one for everyone in Wisconsin.
Some families have experienced the loss of a loved one and to them, we extend our heartfelt condolences. Others in our state have experienced the loss of their job and are anxiously awaiting desperately needed unemployment benefits.
To the Wisconsinites who are worried about the virus and the future of the state, we hear you and understand what’s at stake. This week, the legislature acted on a bipartisan COVID-19 Response Bill. It will help the state address the challenges from the coronavirus outbreak and assist those who are out of work. It waives the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits, so people have quicker access to these critically needed funds. The bill removes co-pays for COVID-19 testing and expands SeniorCare to include coverage of vaccinations.
This legislation also ensures Wisconsin will receive the entire $2 billion dollars in federal assistance that we know Governor Evers has sole discretion over deciding how to spend. When allocating the dollars, Assembly Republicans have asked the governor to prioritize the needs of our health care industry, workers, small businesses and local governments.
While we don’t know exactly what lies ahead for Wisconsin, I’m really proud state lawmakers this week provided a level of certainty during these very uncertain times.