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.
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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:
"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."
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.  
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) again held his weekly meeting of House Committee Chairs over videoconference this afternoon. 
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. 
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.
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.
“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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
Today, the bipartisan task force held its second meeting, with nearly thirty participants joining over safe and secure videoconferencing technology for a positive discussion.
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. 
The House has taken action today, but our work is far from complete.  There is broad understanding that the scope of this crisis is far wider than the scope of the relief offered in today’s interim bill and that therefore the House will need to take further action soon. 
I've heard a number of people, including my friend, the Minority Leader, stand up and say we need to act in a bipartisan fashion. And the next statement is a partisan attack on one of our Members. It's either schizophrenia or a lack of understanding of what this Congress has been doing over the last few weeks.... 
Today, the House created a new select subcommittee to oversee the Administration's disbursement of funding appropriated by Congress to address the effects of the COVID-10 pandemic. Last month, Congress enacted an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package to help Americans get through this crisis, following earlier legislation to fund research and treatments and guarantee coverage for coronavirus testing.
The House has taken action today, but our work is far from complete.  There is broad understanding that the scope of this crisis is far wider than the scope of the relief offered in today’s interim bill and that therefore the House will need to take further action soon. 
“Now that the Senate has passed this interim emergency coronavirus relief bill, the House will take it up on Thursday. Thanks to Congressional Democrats’ insistence, the final agreement includes critical provisions to ensure emergency small business relief reaches the most vulnerable small businesses, particularly minority-owned small businesses, and our nation’s farmers. Additionally, Democrats secured funding for hospitals and health care workers as well as expanded testing for coronavirus, which is critical to safely reopening our economy.   
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent the following letter to the Chairs of the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Rules, Rep. Lofgren and Rep. McGovern, respectively, urging them to consider a set of recommendations to enable remote voting and committee work, and that also prepare Congress to work remotely even when back in Washington to comply with social distancing guideline. 
President Trump and Republicans insist on reopening the economy even knowing that it would cause severe loss of American life. I agree with business leaders, including the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, that even if we begin to open our economy, workers and consumers will be reluctant to leave their homes if they do not feel safe.
This morning’s unemployment figures, which show that over 22 million Americans - or one in eight working adults in our country - have lost their jobs in the past month, reinforce just how critical it is that our nation take appropriate steps to be able to safely reopen our economy.
It is unconscionable that President Trump would stop funding the World Health Organization in the middle of a global pandemic that has already seen more than 125,000 people around the world – including more than 25,000 Americans – lose their lives.  
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Trump Administration's request to delay 2020 Census deadlines: