U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after Senate Democrats filibustered the coronavirus relief bill.

“Some parts of this relief package stink, but other parts do necessary work: It turbo-charges vaccine development, helps small businesses stay alive with well-structured loans, and works to delegate to governors half of the spending decisions in the bill's appropriations section. I dislike both the firm-specific money in the airlines section, and the direct payments that Washington will try to renew even after we beat this nasty virus — but it’s a good faith compromise bill. Tonight, Democrats are stalling so Speaker Pelosi can seek specific pork for California and Illinois – states on the brink of bankruptcy for reasons having nothing to do with coronavirus. It’s reprehensible. Schumer should cut the crap and vote for this tonight.”