March 04, 2020

House Passes $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Response Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fully address the coronavirus and protect Americans from the public health crisis. The measure passed 415-2.

“I am pleased we were able to pass the $8.3 billion emergency funding package to help states, communities and federal agencies combat the coronavirus,” Rep. Lawson said following the vote. “This funding will fully address the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis. It is vital that we protect Americans against the spread of the deadly epidemic, and that means having the resources needed for an effective, comprehensive response.”

The emergency supplemental provides $8.3 billion in entirely new funding. It includes:

    • More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics;
    • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, $950 million of which is to support state & local health agencies;
    • Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity;
    • $61 million to facilitate the development and review of medical countermeasures, devices, therapies, and vaccines, and to help mitigate potential supply chain interruptions;
    • $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad to help keep Americans safe; and
    • An estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses

“The Senate and President must move quickly to enact this legislation,” Rep. Lawson said. “Lives are at stake, and we must act now to protect the American people.”