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
Madam Speaker, this week, Democrats are coming to the Floor to highlight the work we have been doing over the past two years governing for the people – in sharp contrast with the way President Trump and Republicans have failed the people.
More than 200,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19, nearly thirty times as many Americans who were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 79% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths have been seniors over the age of sixty-five. 
Nobody ever saw Steny H. Hoyer as a technological visionary, least of all the 81-year-old Democrat.
“Let me tell you what — Steny Hoyer looks in the mirror and doesn’t see that guy either,” the House majority leader said in an interview Friday.
It has been more than three months since the Democratic-led House took action on the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, passing the Heroes Act to provide state and local governments with much-needed resources, extend emergency unemployment benefits for those waiting to get back to work, and provide a new round of direct payments to American families to help them get through this crisis. 
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims that Republicans will “Renew, Restore, Rebuild” America, just as they’ve “done before” under the Trump Administration. But the facts show that they haven’t renewed, restored, or rebuilt anything under Trump. After four years of the Trump Administration, our country is experiencing:  
…84,631 deaths since [the] Heroes [Act] passed…. No action in the Republican-controlled and led United States Senate. So, don't whine to me about what you want on the Floor. Don't whine to me about ‘we could have done this,’ ‘we could have done that,’ ‘we could have done the other.’ ….
It has now been three months since the Democratic-led House passed the Heroes Act, the next major piece of legislation to address the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impacts.
Totally stalled would imply that neither side wants to get together and make a deal. Both sides in my opinion I believe that we need to act, I know that we do, I know that we want to get too complacent we cannot reach agreement I'm so many of these items States, testing, direct payments to families and people, medical elections money - we have an election coming up, education…
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC’s Chris Jansing this afternoon to discuss the insufficient Republican response to the coronavirus pandemic and the urgent need for relief for American families.  Below are excerpts from his interview and a link to the video:

Our country has hit another horrific milestone, with five million coronavirus cases diagnosed - far higher than any other country - while President Trump stays at his private golf club and issues an executive order and three memoranda that do not address the crisis at hand. 
oday, a federal court affirmed what was already clear from our Constitution: the House has the right to determine its own rules, including the allowance of proxy voting as an emergency measure during this pandemic.
We have people who are desperate... They are desperate for themselves, their families and their children. We passed a bill, unfortunately, the Senate sat on its hands for two and a half plus months. 
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven T.
Eleven weeks since the House passed the Heroes Act, deeply divided Congressional Republicans continue to dissemble and delay in providing coronavirus relief to the American people.
Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of the bills on the Floor today to protect child care workers from losing their jobs and to help more families afford the cost of childcare. They build on provisions we included in the Heroes Act in May.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CNN’s “New Day” this morning to discuss the life and legacy of his dear friend Rep. John Lewis, the urgent need to provide coronavirus relief to the American people, and the insufficient GOP proposal that was released yesterday. 
Today, more than two months after the Democratic-led House passed the Heroes Act and after weeks of internal division, Senate Republicans have finally announced their own proposal. With the clock ticking on expiring programs that have been protecting renters and homeowners and sustaining those who have found themselves unexpectedly needing unemployment insurance, Senate Republicans have had weeks to work with the House to craft an emergency aid package that extends these programs, provides resources necessary to defeat this virus, and helps keep public servants like teachers and first responders safely on the job.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the United States surpassed 4 million confirmed coronavirus cases:

We passed a bill over two months ago to respond to the needs that we saw in America for a lot of different sectors of our country, including state and local governments, tribal governments and territories; including hospital, testing and tracing so that we could get a handle on this virus; and payments to individuals, individual families, and businesses. That has been ignored for essentially two months.
With COVID-19 infections continuing to surge in many states, it is critical that the House keep taking the steps necessary to engage in the people’s business safely and in a way that does not exacerbate this crisis.  That’s why we passed H. Res. 965, which provided for House committees to meet virtually using secure, remote technologies as well as for proxy voting through a system that is verifiable and safe. 
I think the Senate is under a lot of pressure. I think the Republican Senators are under a lot of pressure…
The President is urging that we go back to school. I think most Americans want their kids to get back to school, but they want them to go back safely, and they don't want them to be bringing COVID-19 back to the homes. That is all going to take resources, as so many of the people that you interviewed this morning say. What Mitch Mcconnell's response was: let the states go bankrupt.
With 3 million confirmed cases in the United States, no one – not even President Trump – can deny that our country is experiencing an unprecedented public health crisis, one that has already taken the lives of over 133,000 of our fellow Americans and which threatens the lives and livelihoods of so many more. 
The Majority Leader’s Office has issued the following report on the stark contrast between both parties when it comes to health care priorities. While Republicans work to sabotage health care during a pandemic, House Democrats are working to lower drug costs and expand coverage.