BOWIE, MD - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement on tonight's Vice Presidential debate:
"This evening, Senator Kamala Harris made a powerful case for ending the disastrous Administration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. She reminded voters what is at stake this year: finally containing the COVID-19 pandemic, access to affordable health care for millions of Americans; and jobs and opportunities for our people to get through this crisis and get ahead. As Joe Biden's running mate, Senator Harris demonstrated that she is ready to share in the work of restoring the soul and character of America and helping us build back better from the pandemic.
"No matter how much Vice President Pence tried to defend President Trump's record of unending chaos, crisis, and confrontation, his task was too great. The actions of the Trump Administration in so many areas have been simply indefensible. His own record leading President Trump's federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismal, with more than 210,000 of our fellow Americans dying on their watch - even while they support a court case to take health care away from millions.
"Senator Harris showed America that a Biden Administration will be focused on pragmatic solutions to address our greatest challenges. It is clear that Senator Harris is ready to break down barriers as the first woman and the first Black and South-Asian American to serve in the nation's second-highest office. With voting already underway in many states, I urge Americans to make a plan to vote and do so at their earliest opportunity."