Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Economic Recovery with Janet Yellen, Biden Nominee for Secretary of the Treasury

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Yellen discussed the need to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic devastation and how to ensure Americans who are unemployed, families that are struggling, and small businesses that worried about their future are supported by the federal government during this crisis.  The recent COVID-19 relief bill passed in December provided much needed help to struggling families and small businesses across the country, but it was only a down payment.  Durbin and Yellen also spoke about the importance of ensuring an equitable recovery that doesn’t leave minority-owned businesses, lower-income workers, and underserved communities behind.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the American economy. We can’t take our foot off the gas when it comes to economic relief for unemployed Americans and struggling small businesses. Janet Yellen is an experienced leader who will be able to hit the ground running as the next Secretary of the Treasury, and I look forward to working with her. Our country is at a historic moment and the work of this Department will be vital in protecting the livelihood of our economy and ensuring no community is left behind in our recovery efforts,” Durbin said.

A photo of Durbin’s Zoom call is available here