Congressman Dan Kildee Votes for Second Emergency Coronavirus Aid Bill
Legislation Establishes Free Testing for Coronavirus, Ensures Paid Leave, Expands Unemployment Benefits and Protects Frontline Health Workers
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Caucus, today voted in support of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the second emergency bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, helps address the increasingly severe economic and health impacts on Americans’ personal safety and financial security.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes:
- Free coronavirus testing: the bill ensures all Americans, including the uninsured, have access to coronavirus testing at no cost.
- Paid leave: the bill provides paid emergency leave, with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
- Enhanced unemployment insurance: the bill provides unemployment benefits to laid off and furloughed workers.
- Strengthened food assistance: the bill strengthens nutrition food initiatives, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), student meals, meals for seniors and food banks.
- Medicaid support: the bill increases funds for Medicaid to support local and state health systems.
“The federal government must do all it can to protect Americans from the coronavirus. My top priority is protecting the health of all Americans and ensuring that our government provides the federal resources necessary to help combat this pandemic. In addition to the $8.3 billion in emergency aid passed by Congress last week, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that Americans have access to the testing, health coverage, food assistance and financial support they need to cope with the widespread consequences of this pandemic,” Congressman Kildee said.
The legislation passed today builds on an $8.3 billion emergency aid bill enacted into law on March 6. That package included support for state and local health agencies, vaccine and treatment development, and loans for affected small businesses to lessen the economic blow of this public health emergency.