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For Immediate Release: 
March 25, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Dear Colleague:
 
Tonight, the Senate is voting on additional legislation to address the coronavirus outbreak and its economic impact.  I thank each of you for your patience and input throughout this process.  I also want to express my appreciation for all you have been doing in your districts to spread awareness of measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure that accurate information is disseminated to constituents about safe practices and opportunities to help those in need and at risk. 
 
While this legislative package does not include every item we believe it should, it vastly improves upon the original partisan bill, securing a number of House Democrats’ goals, such as expanded unemployment insurance, direct payments to American workers to help them make ends meet during this crisis, and assistance to small businesses to maintain payroll and pay rent as they seek to remain open and avoid laying off workers.  It places restrictions on large corporations receiving public grants and loans in order to ensure that taxpayer funding benefits workers.  Moreover, it directs billions toward hospitals and other providers on the frontlines while taking important steps toward ensuring that all health care workers have the equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. 
 
The House will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, to consider the bill.  In order to protect the safety of Members and staff and prevent further spread of COVID-19 through Members’ travel, the Republican Leader and I expect that the House vote on final passage will be done by voice vote.  Members who want to come to the House Floor to debate this bill will be able to do so.  In addition, we are working to ensure that those who are unable to return to Washington may express their views on this legislation remotely.  My office will send out information tomorrow with those details.
 
I thank you again for your efforts as we work to meet our responsibility to the American people during this challenging time.
 
Sincerely,

STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader