Update: Coronavirus Aid Bill
March 20, 2020
I wanted to send another update regarding the coronavirus and keep you informed of what Congress is doing to protect you and your family from this pandemic.
Early this morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a vote of 363-40. This bill is the second emergency bill passed since last week to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
This bipartisan legislation puts families first, focusing on the health, economic security and safety of you and your family. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes:
- Free coronavirus testing ensuring ALL Americans, including the uninsured, have the ability to get tested at no cost.
- Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
- Expanded unemployment insurance for laid off and furloughed workers.
- Strengthened food assistance by expanding nutrition food initiatives, like SNAP benefits, school meals, food banks and meals for seniors.
- Increased Medicaid support by increasing funds to support local and state health systems.
In addition to this bill, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law $8.3 billion in emergency aid last week to accelerate vaccine development, support local health departments and buy more necessary medical supplies. Governor Whitmer has also declared a state of emergency to quickly free up additional resources.
My top priority is protecting the health and security of all Americans and ensuring that the federal government does everything it can to help combat this pandemic.
I will continue to provide relevant updates to you on this fast-developing situation. Please continue to follow the guidance and direction of the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Thank you for helping to keep our families and community safe,