It’s Time for Action on COVID Liability

A man passes a sign at MGM National Harbor as the hotel and casino opens its doors to guests after an easing of restrictions imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus in Oxon Hill, Md., June 29, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Businesses large and small face crippling lawsuits. Will the GOP step up to protect them?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R epublicans have been hoping that Mitch McConnell can deliver a coronavirus liability fix in Washington. Question: Why haven’t Republicans already delivered coronavirus liability fixes in Tallahassee, Phoenix, and Boise?

Maybe they were too busy off attending lectures on federalism.

The coronavirus liability shield authored by Senators Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and John Cornyn (R., Texas) would redirect lawsuits accusing businesses of exposing employees or customers to the coronavirus, diverting them into the federal system. It would limit the cases to those in which the businesses could be demonstrated to have shown “gross negligence” and would exempt from liability those businesses that can prove they made “reasonable efforts” to comply with government guidelines.

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Senator McConnell has held fast to the liability shield, and President Donald Trump did his standard thing of standing tall right up until the moment

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