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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Support $8.3 Billion Emergency Funding for Coronavirus

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Washington, March 6, 2020 | comments

This week, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted unanimously to support the bipartisan Emergency Funding for Coronavirus. The supplemental funding package will ensure that we can adequately protect the spread within our communities and effectively treat patients of the Coronavirus in America. 

“One of the hallmarks of our community is caring for our family and friends, especially those who are sick or older. The vast majority of coronavirus deaths have occurred in people who are older and sicker than the general public. We all know someone who fits that description. Know that we continue working in Congress to ensure adequate resources – like the recently passed legislation providing more than $8 billion for local public health and vaccine research - and policies that will keep American families healthy, from coronavirus and all public health threats,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.      

The bill will provide several provisions, including $500 million for Medicare telehealth programs for the virus; $950 million to support state & local health agencies in conducting vital public health activities, such as lab testing & infection control; $3.1 billion to stockpile medical supplies; and $300 million for government purchases of tests, vaccines and therapies to ensure that everyone has access, regardless of income. Another $1.25 million will go towards fighting the spread of the virus overseas and up to $7 billion will be made available for low-interest loans to small businesses affected by the outbreak.

“I commend the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus for being proactive in advocating for emergency funding to expedite the treatment and elimination of this virus in our country. As the Conscience of the Congress, we stand in support of the protection of all Americans, especially our most vulnerable communities,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

 

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