Dear Colleague on Families and Workers First Response to Coronavirus

March 20, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Since Day One, House Democrats have made clear that the American people need a nationwide, whole-of-government and evidence-based approach to the coronavirus crisis.  We have passed two strong bills to do so.  Our first bill allocated billions of dollars for research for treatments and a vaccine and our second bill put Families First and focused on testing, testing, testing.

Now, today, we have reached another critical moment in our work to address this public health emergency.  As you know, Senator McConnell has released his proposal for a third coronavirus response package, which is not at all pro-worker and puts corporations ahead of working people.  As written, it is a non-starter.

Our Committees are hard at work on legislation that is truly visionary, fast-acting and evidence-based.  They are also engaged in conversations with the Senate about provisions that could be added to improve the Senate bill.  First and foremost, our response must address the coronavirus outbreak as the public health crisis that it is: rebuilding our health care infrastructure on a national scale and securing the resources to test and treat everyone.  We must do everything that we can to support doctors and scientists as they pursue treatments, a cure and a vaccine. 

At the same time, we must tighten the safety net in America, which is sadly and seriously frayed.  Any response package must greatly increase Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, help small businesses survive, expand paid sick and family leave and put money directly into the hands of those who need it most. 

United by our values, as we protect the health and economic security of the American people, House Democrats will put Families and Workers First.

best regards,