U.S. Representative Lawrence Votes to Provide $8.3 Billion in Supplement Funding to Combat the Coronavirus
Washington, DC – Representative Brenda L. Lawrence issued the following statement after voting to support H.R. 6074, legislation to provide robust funding to combat COVID-19, or the Coronavirus:
“It is of paramount importance that the federal government takes all steps necessary to proactively address the rise in Coronavirus cases in the United States,” stated Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence. “Following President Trump’s underwhelming supplemental funding request, I worked with my colleagues to provide $8.3 billion in new funding to address the Coronavirus, well over the administration’s $2.5 billion request. This is just a first step—I will continue to work with my local, state, and federal partners to ensure all health departments have the information they need to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.”
H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, provides $8.3 billion to address this public health crisis. Included in the funding is $950 million for state and local health agencies to conduct surveillance, testing, infection control, and mitigation efforts. Additionally, the legislation ensures that vaccines and treatments are affordable for all Americans. Lastly, the bill would reimburse agencies the $136 million the Trump Administration transferred away from substance abuse and prevention programs, as well as funds for heating and cooling assistance for low-income families across the country, at the onset of federal action to combat Coronavirus.
Representative Lawrence joined 60 of her colleagues in the House urging the Trump Administration to take a more organized and proactive approach to addressing the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. A link to the letter can be found here.
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