Chairwoman Maloney Praises Passage of the Coronavirus Spending Bill
Washington, D.C. (Mar. 4, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement praising the passage of H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act:
“We’re in the middle of a public health emergency, and Congress has a duty to do everything in our power to keep Americans safe. This starts with providing $8.3 billion in emergency funding to help combat the coronavirus. Importantly, the spending package passed today includes nearly $1 billion for the state and local health agencies who are doing some of the most important work, such as lab testing to determine positive cases of coronavirus. Effective testing that is widely available — and affordable — is absolutely critical to stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and I’m very pleased that this bill provides the necessary funding to tackle this issue head-on. We need to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus.”
Yesterday, Chairwoman Maloney joined Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly in sending letters to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) regarding the testing, diagnoses, and costs of treating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
On March 10, 2020, the Subcommittees on National Security and Economic and Consumer Policy will hold a joint hearing on U.S. biodefense and the COVID-19 outbreak.