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House of Representatives passes Coronavirus Response Act

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Posted at 9:02 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 10:23:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide support for residents as the virus spreads and businesses close, according to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II.

“Tonight, the House of Representatives put families first by ensuring every American can obtain free testing for the virus, paid leave so they can self-quarantine, extended unemployment insurance in case they have been furloughed, and strengthened nutrition programs to keep food on the table," Cleaver said. "As this legislation moves to the Senate, it’s critical that we put partisanship aside and the American people first.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is the second major action taken by the House of Representatives to combat the spread of coronavirus, following the passage of an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental aid package passed last week. Today’s bill includes:

  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including Americans who are uninsured.
  • Paid emergency leave, including up to 10 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
  • Enhanced unemployment insurance, which will extend protections for workers who have been furloughed due to the coronavirus.
  • Strengthened food security programs, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks.

The bill will go to the United States Senate for a vote next week.