WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement on the passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074).
Today, the House passed an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding bill to address the coronavirus outbreak and protect Americans from the current public health crisis.
“In the face of crisis, the federal government must act swiftly and decisively to protect American families. This means a robust, coordinated, and comprehensive effort to put resources in the hands of medical providers and our local partners working to save lives. The initial response of the White House simply did not go far enough to protect Americans. With this bill, Congress is taking action to ensure a strong emergency funding package that addresses the scale and seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Congresswoman Matsui, Sacramento’s voice in Congress. “This legislation contains billions for development of new treatments, purchasing supplies, and local support. Importantly, this bill will expand the use of telehealth so patients can consult with doctors remotely, limiting spread and exposure to the virus – a provision I pushed to include. We cannot afford to drag our feet responding to this crisis. It is now up to the Senate and President to act quickly – we must protect American lives.”
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