Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve to reflect on 2020, share their hopes for 2021 and encourage others to celebrate safely, observing coronavirus precautions.
Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats push regulator to scrap proposed rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies Juan Williams: The GOP’s problem with women of color Democrats say more COVID-19 relief needed after current measure becomes law MORE (D-Calif.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWhy we ‘send them money’ Trump rips GOP leaders for allowing veto override This week: Trump’s grip on Hill allies faces test MORE (R-Calif.) along with others sent well wishes to their constituents and encouraged them to look forward to the new year ahead.
“It’s the last day of 2020. Hope you and yours stay healthy, warm, and safe. Cheers to brighter days ahead and more time together in 2021!,” Reed wrote.
It’s the last day of 2020. Hope you and yours stay healthy, warm, and safe. Cheers to brighter days ahead and more time together in 2021! #HappyNewYear #HappyNYE
— Senator Jack ReedJack ReedPompeo: Russia ‘pretty clearly’ behind massive cyberattack Lawmakers call for Trump to take action on massive government hack Lawmakers ask whether massive hack amounted to act of war MORE (@SenJackReed) December 31, 2020
Waters called on her followers to try to focus on the possibilities that a new year offers.
“Let us all try to erase the hurt & pain of 2020 from our minds. Let us concentrate on the possibilities of 2021. Joy, Happiness, & Prosperity. Be safe! Love! Happy New Year!,” she wrote.
Let us all try to erase the hurt & pain of 2020 from our minds. Let us concentrate on the possibilities of 2021. Joy, Happiness, & Prosperity. Be safe! Love! Happy New Year!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) December 31, 2020
Graves said that this would be his “last day” with 2020.
With so many announcements today, I thought I would include my own. Today is my last day with 2020. My decision to leave was easy. Tomorrow I will be joining 2021.
— Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesQAnon proponent Marjorie Taylor Greene wins Georgia House race Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage On The Money: Trump gambles with new stimulus strategy | Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules | Long-term jobless figures rise, underscoring economic pain MORE (@RepTomGraves) December 31, 2020
In a video shared to the social media platform Thursday, the House minority leader said that the thing he was looking forward most about 2021 is that 2020 would be “done.” The California lawmaker added that he hoped that the politics would “go away” and that people could appreciate the investment the country has made to develop a coronavirus vaccine so quickly.
“You know what?” he concluded, “Tomorrow will be better than today.”
The thing I’m most looking forward to about 2021 is 2020 being done. pic.twitter.com/veEgDH3aem
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 31, 2020
Daines praised the resilience that he witnessed throughout the year.
This year was filled with unexpected hardships and many challenges, but as I visited with folks across Montana, I saw the resiliency and strength of Montanans. Heading into 2021, I will continue fighting to put Montana first and work to bring normalcy back to our lives. pic.twitter.com/3GsEtsAj7O
— Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesInterior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report Senate Democrat: Party’s message to rural voters is ‘really flawed’ The Memo: High stakes for Trump in vaccine rollout MORE (@SteveDaines) December 31, 2020
The New Year wishes and reflections from the lawmakers come after the United States experienced a particularly tough year.
The U.S. has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic since late February, when the disease began to spread rapidly, first hitting coastal states such as California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts hard before moving inland.
The virus has infected over 19.8 million people in the country and has caused over 344,000 deaths as of Thursday evening, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The coronavirus has also caused economic fallout, as businesses across the country have had to shutter their doors to mitigate the spread of the virus.
This fall and early winter however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two coronavirus vaccines to be distributed for emergency use, offering a glimmer of hope that the end of the pandemic may be in sight.
The country also endured months of social unrest over the killings of Black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and witnessed a long-fought, divisive presidential election.
Sen. Joe Machin (D-W. Va.) shared his year in review adding in a Twitter post that West Virginians have stepped up to the challenges posed by COVID-19.
WATCH: 2020 has been a trying year, but we have stepped up to the challenges of COVID-19 & made great accomplishments that will be felt across #WV for generations to come. Here’s a look back at my work in the U.S. Senate for #WestVirginia in 2020: pic.twitter.com/UlS3hI9E9V
— Senator Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Memo: Left seeks leverage to move Biden Bipartisan lawmakers urge Trump to either sign or immediately veto coronavirus relief bill Bipartisan, bicameral group urges Trump to sign COVID-19 relief package MORE (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 31, 2020
Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenLabor: Unemployment won’t lapse despite Trump signing delay Hillicon Valley: Google denies allegations in DOJ antitrust complaint | Biden faults Trump after hack | Biden campaign says Twitter will wipe POTUS account’s followers On The Money: Relief bill’s passage sets off scramble to declare victory, assign blame | Democrats say more COVID-19 relief needed after current measure becomes law | Biden economic adviser expects ‘very challenged’ economy early next year MORE (D-Ore.) remarked that 2020 was a “rough” year, but commended the hard work and sacrifice that Oregonians did to combat coronavirus.
There’s no sugarcoating it: 2020 was a rough year. While there’s a lot we’re ready to leave behind us, I’d first like to reflect on the hard work and sacrifice of the countless Oregonians who stepped up to keep our communities safe during our state’s greatest hour of need. pic.twitter.com/L4hfHiKq96
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 31, 2020 .