Congresswoman Beatty Puts ‘Families First,’ Votes for Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Response Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201. The comprehensive bill will provide federal support and assistance to America’s families impacted by the Coronavirus. Following passage, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) said:
“I voted in favor of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act because our nation is facing a global pandemic that will impact everyone in some way. As the name implies, this piece of legislation puts families first by expanding free Coronavirus testing to everyone who needs it, including veterans and uninsured Americans, as well as guaranteeing 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave for individuals and working families affected by the virus. In addition, the bill will increase access to low-interest loans for small businesses and includes additional Medicaid funds to help States cover increased healthcare costs associated with the Coronavirus. Further, H.R. 6201 will strengthen food security programs for vulnerable students, at-risk seniors, and low-income families, keep frontline workers and healthcare professionals safe, and provide desperately needed economic relief for all Americans.
The House took decisive action today to combat and manage fallout from the Coronavirus. Time is of the essence—we need to put families first and stabilize our financial markets and economy right now—so I call on the Senate to follow suit and urge the president to sign the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law immediately.”
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes:
· Free Coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test. House Democrats are determined to see that all people who need to be tested have access.
· Paid emergency leave, with both 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
· Enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI), a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers.
· Strengthened food security initiatives, such as SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks.
· Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased healthcare costs associated with the coronavirus.