Kaptur Votes to Pass Emergency Coronavirus Bill

March 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted in support of H.R. 6074, an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to address the coronavirus outbreak:


“For weeks, Americans in every corner of the country have felt a great sense of concern regarding the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The reports coming out of China, Italy, and now even some of our own communities are alarming. My heart goes out to the families of Americans and people around the world who have lost loved ones or seen their lives turned upside down since the discovery of the virus.”


“It is evident that COVID-19 is not just a common flu, but something that requires a measured, coordinated, and whole of government response. I have found the mixed, and at times even competing, messages coming out of the Administration, specifically the White House, to be deeply problematic.


“We can right the course if we work together. Today, I joined my House colleagues in voting to pass bipartisan legislation approving $8.3 billion in emergency funding, including $950 million for state and local health departments, to respond to COVID-19 and save lives.


“Our government’s ability to research and develop breakthrough cures and respond to community outbreaks is second to none. That’s why this legislation includes robust funding to equip our forces at the center of the interagency effort, including CDC, NIH, and BARDA, with the necessary funds to successfully combat coronavirus on our shores. What’s more, it is critical that cost not be a prohibitor for Americans seeking testing or treatment for COVID-19.


“Emergency preparedness during a public health threat is paramount. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of panic. I urge the public to take commonsense precautions to prevent infection: wash your hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, and avoid touching your face. We can all do our part to strengthen public health.


“I urge swift, bipartisan action in the Senate.”

A summary of the package is available here.