Rep. Chu Statement on Coronavirus Supplemental
Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve $8.3 billion in new funding to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. The supplemental includes more than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and to support healthcare preparedness, $61 million to facilitate the development and review of medical countermeasures and to help mitigate potential supply chain interruptions, and $1.25 billion to address COVID-19 abroad. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the supplemental and issued the following statement:
“Although the risk to most of the American public from coronavirus is considered low, we must still take decisive measures to respond to and control this epidemic. That is exactly what the House did with this supplemental funding today. I am proud of the timely work that my colleagues did to prepare this funding and now it is time for the Senate and President Trump to do the same so that we can ensure that those who need care are able to receive it. This bill includes billions for the development of a vaccine and – crucially - $300 million for the government to buy vaccines to ensure they’re available at an affordable price. It also contains critical funding to reimburse states and localities, like Los Angles County, that have already invested in response efforts. And it provides new funding, rather than stealing needed resources from elsewhere in the government.
“I am also pleased that this legislation will authorize up to $7 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans for small businesses that are suffering losses due to the outbreak, which I have advocated for. I want to make sure our communities are as prepared as possible to contain this virus and successfully treat all those who contract it. That is why I was proud to vote for this entirely new funding today.”