Alaska’s sole congressman skipped a vote on providing U.S citizens an emergency coronavirus relief package days after saying the seriousness of the pandemic is being “blown out of proportion.”
Rep. Don Young, 86, missed the House vote on whether to ensure two weeks of paid sick leave for workers, expand family leave for workers, and provide free testing for COVID-19 which took place in Washington, D.C. in the early hours of March 14.
As noted by the Anchorage Daily News, later that day Young attended an NRA fundraising event in Mat-Su, Alaska, which he posted about on Facebook. . .
During the March 13 event, Young assured the group of more than 50 elderly people in attendance that it was still safe to continue their normal activities amid the coronavirus outbreak — which he jokingly referred to as the “beer virus” — and blamed the media for causing unnecessary concern. (Read more from “Alaska Congressman Who Called Coronavirus the ‘Beer Virus’ Attended NRA Fundraiser After Skipping COVID-19 Relief Fund Vote” HERE)