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
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.
Wanted to be sure you saw this USA Today op-ed by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) published today on how action is required on election security meausres to ensure democracy is not jepordized and every American can vote safely this Election Day. To read the post, click here or see below:
Today, the House passed legislation that will help protect Americans from foreclosures, evictions, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. With many newly out-of-work Americans facing rent and mortgage payments due on July 1, it is urgent that Congress address this issue.  This bill, sponsored by Chairwoman Maxine Waters of the Financial Services Committee, was included in the Heroes Act that the House passed in May but that the Republican-led Senate refuses to consider. 
This collection of demographic data for COVID-19 cases is long overdue. As I made clear in two letters to the National Governors Association since the start of this pandemic, we cannot overcome this challenge if states, territories, and tribal governments do not fully understand how this disease disproportionately affects minority communities and take steps to ensure that these communities receive their full share of much-needed funding and resources. 
"Today's decision by President Trump is, like most of his decisions, short-sighted, ill-advised, and wrong. This decision will put millions of lives at risk. 
Earlier this month, the House passed the Heroes Act to fix issues that had arisen with regard to the initial drafting of the CARES Act, including provisions that created the Paycheck Protection Program.  
With the 100,000th recorded American death due to COVID-19, our nation marks a somber milestone.  All across the country, families are mourning loved-ones lost to this disease. 
Wanted to be sure you saw this Medium post by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) published today on the temporary changes that allow for remote voting and virtual committee proceedings, implemented for the first time this week. To read the post, click here or below:
This Republican lawsuit is about one thing only: forcing the House to stop doing its job and prevent it from helping the American people get through this crisis. 
“This year, we observe Memorial Day at a moment in our history characterized by loss, struggle, and sacrifice.  While we remember, as we do each year, the fallen military heroes who served our nation in uniform, we also pause to reflect on the enormous loss of life that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 100,000 American lives taken. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

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: