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Coronavirus: Congressional Actions

Congress has passed three bills to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"First Bill": Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-123; H.R. 6074)

This law gives $8.3 billion in emergency funding to fight coronavirus.  These funds pay for the development of treatments, increase funding to purchase medical supplies, and provide grants to state and local governments for preparedness.

"Second Bill": Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127; H.R. 6201)

This bipartisan law authorizes free testing for coronavirus, paid emergency leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, and improved food and health security.

"Third Bill": Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136; H.R. 748, as amended)

This bipartisan law bolsters the public health response to coronavirus, provides economic help to most Americans, increases and expands assistance for the unemployed, helps businesses and nonprofits retain their workers, provides critical relief to aviation and transit systems, helps schools and colleges, and funds the emergency response to coronavirus by federal, state, and local governments.

Additional Legislation

Congress is currently working on additional proposals to address coronavirus' health care and economic challenges.

On May 12, House Democrats released H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.  Notably, this bill would extend pandemic unemployment payments through the rest of the year, provide robust support for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, send direct and increased assistance to households, and address food security concerns.

Earlier, on March 23, House Democrats introduced H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, a bold and comprehensive phase three coronavirus response bill that injects more than $2.5 billion into the American economy.  Some of these proposals were included in the CARES Act.

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