Jun 23 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) hosted his 50th COVID-19 telephone town hall last night, events that nearly 500,000 North Carolinians from all 100 counties have participated in. Senator Tillis has answered 607 questions from North Carolinians about protecting the physical and economic health of our state and nation.

“The COVID-19 global pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time for North Carolinians, and hosting regular telephone town halls has given me the opportunity to directly listen to the concerns of North Carolinians and answer their questions,” said Senator Tillis. “Telephone town halls have also been a valuable source of opening up casework, with my office serving as a resource for North Carolinians in need of assistance. With nearly half a million North Carolinians participating on the calls, it’s clear that a vast majority have been doing their part to help slow the spread and get our economy re-opened as quickly as possible. In the weeks and months ahead, my top priority will be to continue to work across the aisle to protect the physical health and jobs of North Carolinians and get our economy back on track.”

Top issues over the last several weeks:

> Re-opening the economy, with some North Carolinians arguing the state has re-opened too quickly and others arguing the state hasn’t re-opened the economy fast enough.

> Face masks, with North Carolinians expressing concern after observing others in public places not practicing social distancing guidelines and others expressing strong opposition to mandatory face mask orders by the government. 

> America’s supply chain dependency on China, as many North Carolinians have expressed concern with America’s reliance on China, especially when it comes to the supply chains of PPE and pharmaceutical drugs. Senator Tillis has introduced an 18-point plan of action to hold China accountable for COVID-19, which includes proposals to move American manufacturing back to the U.S. from China, gradually eliminating our supply chain dependency on China, and investigate how our reliance on China impacts the public health and national security of the U.S.

Senator Tillis will hold additional telephone town halls with North Carolinians in the coming weeks. North Carolinians can listen in by visiting access.live/Tillis and view the upcoming schedule of his telephone town halls by visiting his website