Responding to Coronavirus

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
The Majority Leader’s Office has issued the following report on how bills passed by House Democrats are providing relief to the American people during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
5/22/20
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent a letter to the Chair and Vice Chair of the National Governors Association, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, respectively, following up on his previous request that they direct the leaders of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus.
5/21/20
Madam Speaker, to date, more than 85,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and that number continues to grow. More than 36 million Americans have applied for unemployment insurance over the past eight weeks, which is more than one in every five American workers.
5/15/20
Madam Speaker, I want to remind us today of President Lincoln’s words to Congress. He said: ‘the dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.’ So it is today.
 
5/15/20
Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

5/15/20
House Democrats are committed to ensuring the House can legislate during this unprecedented crisis and worked to secure temporary changes to allow for remote voting and virtual committee proceedings on a bipartisan basis. For several weeks, Democrats worked in good faith to reach a bipartisan agreement. Here’s a look at the timeline:
5/15/20
Thank you, Chairman McGovern and Ranking Member Cole.  I appreciate the opportunity to testify today on house consideration of H. Res. 965, which I would like to bring to the Floor Alongside the Heroes Act.
 
5/14/20
Yesterday, House Democrats introduced a resolution to temporarily allow remote voting and virtual committee proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic. Just like other nations and states, the House must continue operating for the people. Here is a look press coverage on the resolution:
 
5/14/20
Wanted to be sure you saw this Washington Post editorial today in support of the House moving forward with a resolution to allow for remote voting and virtual committee proceedings.
5/14/20
Members on both sides of the aisle have urged we act to ensure the House can continue legislating during this pandemic. Rather than moving forward with a Democratic proposal last month, we formed this task force to give bipartisan compromise another chance.
5/13/20
House Democrats are proposing temporary changes to allow for remote voting on the House Floor and virtual committee proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes would enable Congress to continue legislating by:
5/13/20
"And then there’s the US Congress, which hasn’t officially gone to full video hearings, though some senators joined their colleagues via video for hearings this week. But lawmakers in the House and the Senate haven’t yet budged on the question of remote voting."
5/11/20
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) unveiled a new website sharing information with the public about the work being performed by House Committees to address the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
5/8/20
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) again held his weekly meeting of House Committee Chairs over videoconference this afternoon. 
 
5/6/20
It is unthinkable that President Trump would shut down the main task force established to coordinate our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while we are still in the midst of figuring out the health and economic implications of this pandemic.  It is a shameful abdication of responsibility. 
5/5/20
On substance, the proposal made by Leader McCarthy, Ranking Member Cole, and Ranking Member Davis falls woefully short of reopening the House for legislative business. Their proposal only covers hearings, and even then wouldn’t enable fully-remote proceedings.
5/5/20
The coronavirus outbreak has upended the routines of every American, forcing us to rethink how we live, work, and interact with one another. Ever resilient, our communities are adapting in innovative ways to ‘flatten the curve,’ save lives, and protect the livelihoods of our neighbors impacted by economic disruption.
5/4/20
“It is unacceptable that the White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before the House Appropriations Committee while allowing him to testify before the Senate.
5/2/20
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent a letter this evening to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, Philip Kiko, and the Attending Physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, asking them to share the guidance they have been developing on how to safely reopen the Capitol complex as soon as they can. 
5/1/20
With another 3.8 million Americans filing for unemployment insurance last week, bringing the six week total to nearly one in five working Americans, it is clear that Congress must do more to help those harmed by the economic impacts of our fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
4/30/20
Today's meeting was an important step to show that videoconferencing technologies can work for Congress to conduct our business remotely during this unprecedented time," said Hoyer. "The meeting ran smoothly, the Chairs were able to share their updates and ask questions, and it was an effective way to have a constructive conversation.
4/29/20
The steep contraction in our economy in the first quarter of 2020 is alarming but not unexpected. We know this is only the leading edge of the downturn, and economic growth, unemployment, and poverty in the second quarter will be much worse.
4/29/20
Today, the bipartisan task force held its second meeting, with nearly thirty participants joining over safe and secure videoconferencing technology for a positive discussion.
4/28/20
Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) unveiled a website sharing video statements from House Democrats on H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which passed the House yesterday. 
4/24/20