What Congress is Doing
Congress is moving forward quickly and in a bipartisan fashion to address the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a smart, strategic, and serious way. We are working to provide the resources and authorities our federal agencies need to track, combat, and mitigate the virus, treat Americans with the disease, and develop a vaccine and additional treatments.
On March 14, Congresswoman Escobar voted for H.R. 6201, the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18. This legislation, in addition to the $8.3 billion emergency response supplemental package signed into law on March 6, helps address COVID-19 by:
- Appropriating funds to ensure free coronavirus testing for every El Pasoan who needs a test, including the uninsured;
- Increasing funding for Medicaid to support local, state, tribal and territorial health systems, so that they have the resources needed to combat this public health emergency;
- Strengthening nutrition initiatives including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ meals and food banks.
- Providing two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave for eligible workers and enhance unemployment Insurance. It also supports small businesses by fully reimbursing them for providing leave.
- You are eligible for two weeks of fully paid time off to self-quarantine, seek diagnosis or preventative care, or receive treatment for COVID-19, as well as two weeks paid leave at two-thirds pay to care for a family member or child whose school has closed, or if their child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19.
- You are eligible for 12 weeks of job protected leave to care a child in the event of a school closure or if your child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19. The first two weeks are unpaid, but the next 10 weeks would be paid. Employees will receive no less than two-thirds of their usual pay.
The updated text of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is here.
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar has heard from many El Pasoans who are concerned about the coronavirus and wants to answer some of your frequently asked questions. Click here to read her answers.
Coronavirus Resource Guide
For information and resources available to you and your family, click here to read Congresswoman Escobar's guide of federal, state, and local resources.
You will find critical information on:
- Hotlines and Testing
- El Paso's "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order
- Small Businesses
- Veteran Resources
- Service Member Resources
- Student Resources
- Mental Health
- And more
For updates on the number of confirmed and pending cases in Texas, please visit the DSHS website. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.
Haga clic aquí para recomendaciones e información acerca de cómo prevenir el coronavirus, sus síntomas conocidos y qué hacer si usted cree que ha estado expuesto al coronavirus. Para información específica de Texas, por favor visite el sitio web del Departamento Estatal de Servicios de Salud de Texas (DSHS).