Responding to Coronavirus

House Democrats are working to protect the health and economic security of all Americans. [Photo: Congressional leaders sign the CARES Act.]
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.
  Hoyer signing Families First Coronavirus Response Act
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Today’s report that an additional 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week reflects the depth of this crisis and its impact on the economic well-being of working families across the country.
Acting Secretary Thomas Modly’s departure was necessary.  His actions and words in removing Capt. Francis Crozier from his command of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt were wrong. 
The 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to deny tens of thousands of Wisconsinites the chance to participate in today’s primary election is an outrageous example of voter suppression.
The Inspector General’s report is a damning indictment of the Trump Administration’s failure to do its job and assist states where the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the capacity of health care systems to their limits. The President and his Administration must take whatever steps are necessary to deliver urgent medical equipment and supplies, particularly masks and ventilators, needed to protect and save lives.
The report today by the Committee on Oversight and Reform is alarming, indicating that the Trump Administration continues to fail in its responsibility to provide critical supplies to states fighting the spread of coronavirus. We already know that the White House delayed taking action for weeks as the virus spread.
Mr. Speaker, we meet at a challenging time in our country and in the global community. This session will be different than most where we come together, we reach out our hands, we hug one another in affection and thanks for their collegial work with us on the people's business. People who can see the chamber now will see that we are keeping a distance from one another – not out of hostility, but out of love for one another that we may keep one another healthy and safe. It will, therefore, be an unusual session, but a critical session.
America and all our people face an unprecedented crisis and challenge. It is essential that we respond robustly, quickly, and effectively.  I am encouraged that the Senate, working with House leadership and relevant House committees, has reached a bipartisan agreement.
Ten years ago, Democrats fought hard to reform a deeply broken health care system. Refusing to accept a reality in which tens of millions of Americans had to go without insurance or were routinely dropped from their coverage as soon as they became sick, we enacted major legislation to ensure that quality, affordable health care would be accessible to all Americans, regardless of their income.
In light of the guidance issued by the CDC, we will be adjusting the House schedule. It is my intention that the House will not return to session until we are in a position to vote on the third piece of emergency legislation to respond to the economic impact of this crisis...
Following passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the United States Senate, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) signed the enrolled bill to send to the President for his signature.
Last week, the House passed an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to help communities, states, and federal agencies respond to the coronavirus.
Nobody worked harder than the Speaker. The Speaker, as you know, you’ve been walking around… I’ve been on the phone with the Speaker a lot of times. We haven’t counted. She and Secretary Mnuchin, obviously, have worked very hard to come to this agreement.
Our nation is facing a public health crisis that will require a coordinated, comprehensive, and fully-funded response from the federal government, and I am committed to ensuring that Congress does its part.
The President’s emergency declaration, which makes critical federal resources available to states and local governments, is long overdue.  
Tonight, the President finally did what he should have done weeks ago: take this crisis seriously and address the nation about his Administration's strategy to deal with coronavirus. While he still failed to confront the hard truths of this challenge or answer important questions - including why officials still do not have enough testing kits and how he is going to address that shortage - President Trump at last shared steps he intends to take in the days and weeks ahead. 
This week, House Democrats moved swiftly to pass an $8.3 billion funding bill to ensure federal agencies, states, and localities have the resources necessary to respond to the coronavirus.
Today, I will bring to the House Floor a supplemental appropriations bill that will allocate $8.3 billion to help states, communities, and federal agencies combat the new coronavirus.