July 31, 2020/Media, Press

RELEASE: Texas Democrats on the US Economy Contracting at the Fastest Quarterly Rate on Record

It Never Had to Be This Bad

Austin, TX –Today, it was reported that the US economy shrank 9.5%, the largest quarterly decline in United States history. This represents a 33% drop in our GDP–an all-time record. 

More than 3.1 million Texans have filed for unemployment since Mid-March and the coronavirus remains out of control in Texas, with Texas experiencing its highest number of new deaths yesterday.

It never had to be this bad. 

If Donald Trump and Greg Abbott had listened to the advice of doctors and experts instead of their right-wing lobbyists and donors, Texas and this country would be moving past the coronavirus, not in the middle of the biggest quarterly decline in history with no end in sight.

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia issued the following statement:

“Texans and Americans are suffering. There are Texas families who don’t know when they are going to be able to put food on the table, are scared to death to contract this virus, and are facing the most uncertain economy in the last seventy years.

“These people need real leaders. Had Trump and Abbott taken immediate, decisive action from day one, this pandemic would be contained now in Texas like we see in other countries around the world. Instead, Trump and Abbott denied science, failed to lead, and tried to blame others at every step resulting in more preventable deaths and a devastating economic decline.

“As Donald Trump tries to change the subject from these dismal numbers, by suggesting we delay our election, Texans know that we need and deserve leaders with the experience and empathy to get us moving again. Texans need Joe Biden and will elect him President in November.”