Dear Colleague on Tonight's Vote on the Bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 13, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

By now, you know from the President’s tweet that he has joined in support of our bipartisan legislation to put Families First and address the coronavirus crisis.

I am writing to thank you for your patience!  Because it was essential for us to have legislation pass the House by this weekend, it required intense and constant negotiations for what could have been an elusive agreement. 

Last Sunday, Leader Chuck Schumer and I put forth our Families First agenda.  I am very proud to write that the provisions we put forth with your input, including paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, enhanced Unemployment Insurance, food security initiatives and free and widespread testing, are all included in this agreement.

While we could have passed this bill on our own, I believe it was important for us to assure the American people that we can work together to manage this crisis.  Our agenda which puts Families First with the $8.3 billion bipartisan emergency coronavirus response bill last week and tonight’s legislation presents a strong stimulus to our economy to protect the health and financial security of America’s working families as we fight the coronavirus crisis. 

As we proceed with further legislation, we will do so happily under a different timetable and continue to welcome any suggestions you have. 

Thank you again for your patience, your ideas and your commitment to putting Families First. 

Sincerely,