WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Sunday released the following statement after the Senate reached a deal on COVID-19 relief:  

“For months, Americans buckling under the weight of COVID-19 begged Congress for help. But up until a few days ago, Mitch McConnell refused to even come to the negotiating table. It shouldn’t have taken until the last possible minute to fund the government and to provide some measure of relief to those in need,” said Murphy. “While $900 billion in COVID-19 relief is not enough, this package will help a lot of people in Connecticut and across the country. This new funding will help small businesses keep their doors open. It will help our schools operate safely. It will help those who have lost their jobs. And it will help make sure that we’re able to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible to people in our state. I will support it when it reaches the Senate.”