Sen. Jim Inhofe, lawmakers work to provide relief for nation

With more than 10,000 cases of COVID 19 in the United States, 44 of them in Oklahoma, as of Thursday, lawmakers in Washington D.C. are working to provide relief to the nation.

"What I'm saying is: this thing is really moving," Sen. Jim Inhofe said. "It's moving rapidly. It's something where we don't have the answers."

Inhofe of Oklahoma said he and his fellow senators have been busy figuring out the best way to help the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Senate approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, designed to soften the impact of the virus on the economy and employees.

Inhofe was one of a handful of votes against the act and explains, while he was in favor of paid leave for employees, he didn't agree with how quickly businesses would be reimbursed.

"So as a matter of voting against that, so that today, we can vote for immediate reimbursement for small businesses that are having to take care of their employees," Inhofe said.

Inhofe said getting virus testing kits is also a high priority and the president is working with private companies to get more.

"This is a target that changes on a regular basis," Inhofe said. "I'm convinced we're getting all the tests that can be used in Oklahoma as fast as we can get them."

From the House, Texoma Congressman Tom Cole said he is currently in quarantine at his home in Oklahoma after he was exposed to another congressman who tested positive for COVID-19.

"When the Attending Physician tells you to do something, you do it," Cole said. "I've been very fortunate. I don't have any symptoms. I don't have any reason to believe there's any concern but you don't want to put other people at risk."

Inhofe said his offices in Oklahoma and Washington DC are fully staffed and are ready to answer any questions people might have.