Responding to Coronavirus

House Democrats are working to protect the health and economic security of all Americans.
House Democrats are working to address the public health emergency created by the outbreak of a new coronavirus, named COVID-19.
On March 4th, Congress passed $8.3 billion in emergency funds to provide funding for prevention, preparedness, and response efforts; for the development of treatments and a vaccine; and for low-interest SBA loans to support small businesses that have been affected.
On March 18th, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law. This legislation works to address the economic impacts being felt by Americans; it ensures that testing for coronavirus is free, provides for emergency paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave, ensures the availability of unemployment insurance, and secures access to nutrition for children, seniors, and low-income families.
On March 27th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide further economic assistance to families facing lost income and industry sectors whose employees are bearing the brunt of this public health crisis. Work is continuing on additional legislation to respond to this pandemic. 
On May 15th, House Democrats passed the Heroes Act to honor frontline workers by providing critical funding to state, local, and tribal governments; establishing hazard pay for frontline workers; expanding testing, treatment, and tracing; and providing additional financial relief to Americans.
Click here to view a report on how these bills are providing relief to the American people. In addition, committees are continuing to work remotely during this crisis by holding virtual hearings, briefings, and forums on the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Coronavirus Related
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the United States surpassed 400,000 coronavirus deaths:

onight, President-elect Biden unveiled his proposal to put the full weight of the federal government behind efforts to defeat COVID-19 and reopen our economy safely once he is sworn into office next week. 
Throughout the 116th Congress, House Democrats have delivered on our promises and passed legislation For The People. From a comprehensive government reform package and voting rights legislation to bills to raise wages, address climate change, and more, House Democrats passed legislation supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.
The House has now passed legislation to increase the amount of the economic impact payments from $600 to $2,000.  The Democratic-led House has worked responsibly and tirelessly from the beginning of this pandemic to keep Americans safe and limit the economic impacts of COVID-19. 
By signing this bill tonight, the President has resolved an unnecessary crisis that he himself created. However, his delay caused millions of American families to lose unemployment benefits for a week while also causing deep anxiety and uncertainty for millions more who are struggling to make ends meet.
Good morning. I am joined by today’s Speaker Pro Tempore, [Rep.] Debbie Dingell from Michigan; [Rep.] Filemon Vela from Texas; and [Rep.] Don Beyer from the state of Virginia. 2020 has been a challenging year for America, a challenging year for our people. A sad, sad, year as we lost over 330,000 of our fellow citizens to a pandemic caused by COVID-19.  
Madam Speaker, they say ‘good things come to those who wait.’ The American people have certainly been waiting and watching and hoping that Congress would not only be able to avert a shutdown, but also provide much-needed COVID-19 relief.
In order to protect continuity of government and ensure that the House can continue to do its work responsibly for the people, the Attending Physician has recommended that Members of Congress begin receiving the new COVID-19 vaccine,
We need to get to an agreement. I'm hopeful, and I talked to the Speaker this morning. She thinks we're making real progress.
With the sad milestone of 300,000 Americans now having died from COVID-19, our nation has now lost more people to this virus than the number of Americans who perished in combat in the Second World War. 
“I think it's absolutely unacceptable that the Congress of the United States hasn't acted for the John Ayers of America and millions of people who are facing daunting financial challenges, daunting health challenges, psychological challenges as we see.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the United States surpassed 15 million confirmed coronavirus cases:

The COVID-19 pandemic is the worst public health crisis our nation has faced in a century, and the federal government’s approach under the Trump Administration has been irresponsible, erratic, and counterproductive. 
While Republicans ignore the coronavirus crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the country:
More than a quarter-million Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19.  More than one American now dies of this disease every minute of the day.
America has now reached a tragic milestone, with 10 million recorded cases of COVID-19. We now have lost more than 230,000 of our fellow Americans to this disease.
The bill brought to the Senate Floor today is yet another example of Republicans’ refusal to take this pandemic seriously. It shows that Senate Republicans have no interest in providing relief to the American people, who so desperately need it, or in defeating this virus.
With two weeks left before Election Day and millions of Americans already casting their ballots, President Donald Trump still has not indicated what his policy agenda would be for a second term.
I talked to the Speaker this morning, Rhonda, and she is optimistic. I won't say hopeful, but she is optimistic that they can get to an agreement. I think [Secretary] Mnuchin and [Speaker] Pelosi are relatively close.
The Republicans are deeply divided. It's awfully tough to negotiate when [Secretary] Mnuchin has to go from Pelosi over to McConnell to find out whether McConnell will get people and [Senator] Thune just pointed out, they don't have the votes over there.”
President Trump’s decision to walk away from the ongoing negotiations to give relief to people and businesses is another stark example of him telling the American people: ‘you’re on your own.’
Today's jobs report shows that the recovery we had begun to experience from the COVID-19 pandemic’s job losses has slowed. More than 10 million Americans are unemployed now compared to February. At September’s pace, it would take three years to recover just the jobs lost in the month of April alone. 
I hope that the President and First Lady remain asymptomatic and recover quickly. COVID-19 is a dangerous and deadly disease, one that has already taken the lives of more than 200,000 of our fellow Americans. This remains a highly contagious disease that can affect any person, and we all share a responsibility to slow its spread by wearing masks, washing hands, and practicing social distancing.
Madam Speaker, the House passed the Heroes Act more than four and a half months ago. At the time, around 85,000 Americans had lost their lives to Covid-19. Today, that sad figure is at more than 205,000. The House did its job in May for the American people, yet the Republican Senate and President Trump have still not done theirs.