Congresswoman Escobar Votes for Emergency Supplemental to Address Threat Posed by Coronavirus
Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted for H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package will robustly address the coronavirus (COVID-19), including vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses.
“As COVID-19 cases in the United States increase, El Pasoans expect and deserve a well-coordinated and fully-funded federal response to the coronavirus threat,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “Today, to ensure our government has the resources needed to address this public health crisis in a smart, scientific and strategic way, the House of Representatives voted on a strong supplemental package that will keep El Paso families safe. Now, the Senate must do their part and immediately send this package to the President’s desk so we can fully address the scale and seriousness posed by the coronavirus.”
Among its provisions, the emergency supplemental includes:
The emergency supplemental also contains other strong provisions to ensure a full response and keep Americans safe. The bill:
Additionally, the bill includes a requirement to reimburse $136 million to important health accounts, including mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention and heating and cooling assistance for low-income families, that was transferred by the Trump administration to support its response.
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