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March 14, 2020

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Following his vote to pass a bipartisan bill to further address the coronavirus, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) released the following statement:

"This bipartisan legislation will dramatically increase the resources our medical experts have to provide testing. Just as importantly, it will help protect working families during this crisis, expanding access to paid leave for people who get sick or have to care for their children and family members, and expanding access to unemployment benefits for people who lose their job due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

"This is an important step in our national response to this health emergency as we work to ease the burden this pandemic will have on working families, senior citizens, health care providers and businesses across the country. I urge the Senate to return to Washington and pass this bipartisan bill without more delay.

"But we still have more work to do, and I'm confident that Congress and the Administration will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to rise to this challenge.

"It is also critically important that we all continue to follow the guidance of medical experts — wash our hands, avoid contact with those who may be feeling sick, check on seniors and our more vulnerable neighbors, practice social distancing, and contact medical professionals if you have signs of the coronavirus."

The bipartisan legislation passed in the House provides:

  • Free COVID-19 tests to Americans across the country;
  • Two weeks of paid sick leave and twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave for workers impacted by the virus, with tax credits to compensate employers for these costs;
  • Enhanced unemployment benefits to assist workers who are laid off due to economic effects of the coronavirus;
  • Increased federal funds for Medicaid; and
  • Increased support for nutrition programs for vulnerable populations.

Last week, Congress passed a bipartisan emergency supplemental funding bill to address the threat posed by the coronavirus. That legislation provided $8.3 billion in resources to address the pandemic, including:

  • Public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, including support for state and local health agencies;
  • Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies;
  • $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; and
  • Low-interest loans for small businesses who have been affected by the coronavirus.

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