House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that he had voted in favor of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation to help Americans cope with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House passed the bill early this morning on a vote of 363 to 40.

“I believe that successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic means providing assistance for households and small businesses suffering financially from the pandemic as well as medical care for those infected by the coronavirus,” Congressman Doyle said prior to passage of the bill. “The American people are counting on us to protect their financial security as well as their health and safety, and this bill goes a long way towards meeting both those goals.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) would mandate free coronavirus testing for uninsured Americans, establish an emergency program to provide paid sick leave, expand unemployment benefits, provide food assistance for vulnerable children and families, help protect frontline health workers, and provide additional funding to states for the ongoing economic consequences of the pandemic, among other provisions.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act would:

  • Improve Americans’ health security:
    • the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would provide free coronavirus testing;
    • the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would increase federal funds for Medicaid to ensure that local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems have the resources necessary to combat this crisis.   
  • Bolster Americans’ economic security:
    • the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would provide paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. 
    • the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would enhance Unemployment Insurance benefits by extending protections to furloughed workers. 
  • Increase Americans’ food security: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would strengthen nutrition security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks.  22 million children rely on free or reduced-price school meals for their food security. 

Click here for a one-page fact sheet on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Click here for a section-by-section summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Click here for the text of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The Senate is expected to consider this legislation in the coming week.

 

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