Joint Statement from Sens. Berger and Blue

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue (D-Wake) issued the following joint statement regarding the conclusion of session:

"This session, the Senate faced the most difficult three-month period in our memory. Dealing with the simultaneous blows of a public health emergency and economic collapse challenged us, as leaders, in ways we have not experienced previously.

"Disagreements are inevitable, especially in trying times. But this body, as it has done so often in the past, rose to the occasion. Our caucuses found agreement, and oftentimes unanimity, on fraught topics ranging from COVID relief to budgeting to criminal justice reform. We delivered tens of millions of dollars to purchase needed personal protective equipment and to fund COVID testing expansion, changed statutes to meet new realities, and operated in good faith.

"The outlook for the rest of this year is uncertain. If the federal government delivers additional aid that calls for legislative action, we are prepared to return to Raleigh. In the meantime, we recommend that North Carolinians continue to use common sense to protect themselves and others from COVID. For example, each of us is a bit older than we care to admit, and we wear a mask when social distancing isn't possible."