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Maloney Statement on House Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental Funding Bill

Mar 4, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Statement on House Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a robust, bipartisan funding bill aimed at responding to, and containing, the threat of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement:

“My greatest responsibility is to keep New Yorkers safe. This bipartisan, emergency funding bill will give local and state governments the evidence-based tools and resources they need to test, contain and treat coronavirus. I implore my colleagues in the Senate to immediately pass this bill.”

The $8.3 billion emergency supplemental funding bill will give local, state and federal agencies the resources needed to protect Americans against the spread of the disease. The package includes:

  • More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (testing kits);
  • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, $950 million of which is to support state & local health agencies;
  • Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity;
  • $61 million to facilitate the development and review of medical countermeasures, devices, therapies, and vaccines, and to help mitigate potential supply chain interruptions;
  • $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad to help keep Americans safe here at home; and
  • Allows for an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses, to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency.

The emergency funding bill will also ensure state and local governments are reimbursed for costs of assisting the federal response, allow seniors access to telemedicine services for coronavirus treatment, and provide $300 million so the government can purchase vaccines at a fair and reasonable price.

On Friday, Rep. Maloney will host a roundtable with local and state health professionals and officials to discuss coronavirus response and containment efforts in the Hudson Valley.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 11 New Yorkers have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 10 of those people from Westchester County. Over 1,000 in New York are currently self-quarantined in their homes. Nationally, at least 135 patients have been diagnosed and treated across 16 states.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.