Cicilline Statement on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement tonight:

“Nothing is more important than protecting the safety and well-being of the American people. The House is providing the resources and leadership our country needs during this time of crisis. A week ago, we passed an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill that addresses the scale and seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. This included nearly a billion dollars for medications, protective gear, and lab tests; $7 billion in low-interest loans for small businesses; $3 billion for research and development of treatment and vaccines; and $300 million to ensure vaccines are affordable.”

“Today, we passed another bipartisan package – this one focused on the personal safety and financial security of working families. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes free testing for coronavirus for all who need it; emergency paid leave; enhanced unemployment insurance for furloughed workers; strengthened food security for SNAP, students, seniors, and food banks; and increased federal funds for Medicaid because states will face increased costs.

“The Senate and the President need to act swiftly so these resources are available to the American people as soon as possible.”

“We have already begun working on a third relief package that will focus on the additional needs of the American people as the pandemic spreads. Over the next week, I will be meeting with constituents and Rhode Islanders who are on the front lines of this pandemic to better understand their concerns and needs as we prepare the next set of actions and the next round of emergency funding.”

“Make no mistake, we will continue to do whatever it takes, bear any burden, confront any obstacle, in order to minimize the damage of this pandemic and keep our country and its great people safe.”