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
When 2021 began, our economy was in the middle of a crisis unseen in our lifetimes, with real GDP having fallen 3.5% in the previous twelve months and an outgoing Administration that consistently ignored the severity of our challenges and failed to provide adequate leadership.  What a difference four months have made. 
On January 20, President Biden took office amid the worst public health crisis in a century, the most painful economic crisis in anyone's memory, and the greatest threat to democracy since the Civil War.


With the House returning to legislative session on Tuesday, Democrats kicked off a busy week of work For the People by advancing legislation that would increase economic opportunity for more Americans to get ahead.

Today marks the 100th day of the 117th Congress. In that time, House Democrats have passed important pieces of legislation and taken decisive action on behalf of the American people. Take a look at the major bills that have passed the House since the beginning of this Congress: 

H.R. 447, National Apprenticeship Act

Since the 117th Congress began, House Democrats have taken action to advance a number of bills that address issues critically important to the American people.
When he came into office amid the worst public health and economic crisis in our lifetimes, President Biden promised the American people that his Administration would move quickly to get 100 million vaccine doses into Americans’ arms within the first 100 days of his presidency. 
With the signing of the American Rescue Plan today, President Biden is wasting no time to begin getting economic relief to the American people and deploying much-needed resources to increase vaccinations and testing so that businesses and schools can safely reopen. 
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of the American Rescue Plan. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video.
If you tuned into the House Floor this morning, you probably saw yet another attempt by a House Republican to adjourn the House for the day. It seems that the Minority Leader still can’t control his Conference. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke at a press conference today ahead of House passage on the American Rescue Plan. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

On Wednesday, the House will pass the American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. This comprehensive legislation takes bold action to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing assistance to bolster the economy in the meantime. The American Rescue Plan provides direct assistance to families, invests in vaccine distribution, ensures our students can get back in their classrooms safely, and supports small businesses. Americans around the nation support this legislation in a bipartisan manner.
The Senate has now passed President Biden's American Rescue Plan to provide long-awaited relief to Americans suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and to boost our capacity to save lives by ramping up the deployment of testing and vaccines.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan to deliver critically needed relief to American families and small businesses.
After passing the American Rescue Plan last week, House Democrats took swift action on several priorities important to the American people.
Now, the 117th Congress is facing one of the most daunting scenarios that we've seen. We faced daunting scenarios the last time we were in the Majority in 2009, 2007, but 2008, we had the Great Recession and we needed to respond.
When the pandemic began this time last year, Congress took immediate action to enact four bipartisan pieces of legislation to protect Americans’ health and mitigate the economic crisis that COVID-19 precipitated.
“I think it should be composed of people that the American people will have confidence in, that's for sure. And we need a commission – we need to know the who, where, when, and why of January 6th, what led up to it, who helped incite it, who perpetrated it, and what we need to do to prevent a second occurrence of such an action. I think those are the questions that are relevant…
From the Majority Leader Press Shop:

The House Budget Committee today took the next step toward implementing President Biden's American Rescue Plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to its economic fallout.  The legislation they reported out incorporates recommendations from nine separate committees directing $1.9 trillion in emergency relief to Americans.  
More than half a million Americans have now been lost to COVID-19, a number so high it is difficult to contemplate.  
The United States is nearing the horrific milestone of 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19 and quickly approaching 30 million confirmed cases. As the impacts of the pandemic continue to mount, House Democrats are working closely with the Biden Administration to provide urgently needed relief through the American Rescue Plan to support American families and restore our economy.
This week, House committees are marking up pieces of the American Rescue Plan to provide desperately needed relief to American families.
Today, two House Committees are marking up their portions of the American Rescue Plan, while the Ways & Means Committee continues marking up their piece. As you cover these markups, we wanted to be sure you had a few stats in mind:
This week, House committees begin marking up pieces of the American Rescue Plan to provide desperately needed relief to American families.
This week, the Democratic House Majority continued our work to provide the American people with the relief they desperately need to get through this pandemic and the economic crisis. Today’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget resolution was an important step toward enacting President Biden’s American Rescue Plan by providing another avenue to see it enacted.