Highlights from Davis' remarks:
Davis makes it a point to thank everyone working to ensure the House can still operate: the Architect of the Capitol staff, Capitol Police, House clerks, and others.
As the Ranking Member of House Administration, I want all of my colleagues, before we leave this floor today after hopefully passing this piece of legislation, that we thank every member that works for the House -- that makes sure this House is clean, that makes sure that this House operates. They’re sitting there in the well, they are here in the hallways, they are doing the job that allow us to do our job.
On behalf of everyone here: thank you, thank you for what you do every single day, it is important.
Davis remembers one of the first votes he ever took was for Hurricane Sandy relief and notes that the basic function of government should be helping Americans through a crisis.
You know the first vote that I took on this House floor - one of the first - was for superstorm Sandy relief. My good friend, Mr. VanDrew, sitting next to me here, I’m sure he had more of a frontline view as a State Senator in New Jersey as to what kind of impact that disaster assistance had on the ground to those Americans who were hurting.
And I went back and I took criticism from many in the media and some in my own party and I said one thing...if there’s one job that we as Congress should do - and do well - it’s help Americans recover from a disaster that they didn’t ask for.
We are in the midst of the worst economic disaster that we’ve seen in my lifetime.
Discusses the need to help all businesses on the brink of collapse.
Three and half weeks ago we were in an economy with economic growth and historic low sustained unemployment that we all promised the American people we would deliver together.
And in less than three and a half weeks, this economic disaster has hit many industries.
I can tell you, as I flew out this morning from St. Louis to Washington Reagan National Airport, there were two members of Congress out of the total of four passengers.
So if you don’t think that industry is on the brink of collapse, I urge you to use it right now and you will see."
Davis highlights the economic pain many of our rural communities are feeling from this virus.
But it’s our main street businesses, it’s our main street companies, that line the streets of every rural community that I represent, and line the streets of this great country, that are hurting the most.
It is their economic disaster. They are being told that they are not able to operate. We need to do better. We need to pass this bill - give them the revenue and the opportunity and the cashflow to get through this so we can get through this as Americans.
He also notes the help for those struggling with student debt, including his bill (H.R. 1043)to allow businesses to offer tax-free help to pay down an employee's student debt.
And students, you get a chance to defer your student loan payments.
And what is great, is when these businesses recover, they now have the opportunity to tax-free help you pay your student debt.
Finally, Davis calls on his colleagues set politics aside and work together to provide relief to the American people.
That is what happens when we work together. This is what will happen when we pass this bill. It’s not about social media today. It’s about helping the American people. Let’s do it.