Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) spoke on Tuesday as part of a bipartisan group of senators proposing a COVID-19 relief bill, arguing that even he, a self-described “deficit hawk,” saw the need to assist Americans living through a global pandemic.

“COVID has created a crisis, and in a crisis, people expect Congress to act,” the Republican said in a press briefing.

“This group has come together to propose action that could respond to this crisis,” he added, saying it would be “simply unacceptable” not to do so.

Romney added that he doesn’t like borrowing money or “spending money we don’t have,” but that “the time to borrow money — maybe the only time to borrow money — is when

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