Lowey Statement to Rules on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey today delivered the following remarks to the House Rules Committee in support of an appropriate rule for the House to consider H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Cole, and Members of the Rules Committee:

While the $8.3 billion coronavirus supplemental enacted into law last week provided crucial resources to our public health system, more support is needed to address the impacts on American families.

The legislation before you is appropriately titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

My fellow Committee Chairs will tell you how this bill meets the needs of the American people by:

  • Expanding free coronavirus testing;
  • Providing paid leave;
  • Protecting frontline health workers; and
  • Supporting strong unemployment benefits.

In our section of the bill, the Appropriations Committee is ensuring food security by providing:

  • $500 million so low-income pregnant women and mothers with young children who lose their jobs or are laid off due to the coronavirus can access nutritious foods;
  • $400 million to help local food banks meet increased demand from low-income Americans during this emergency; and
  • $250 million to provide home-delivered and congregate meals to low-income seniors.

Critically, the bill also provides SNAP flexibility for low-income jobless workers and ensures that children who depend on free and reduced-priced school meals have access to nutritious foods in the event of school closures.

Mr. Chairman, this bill will help ensure the physical safety and financial security of our nation’s working families during this time of crisis.  I request an appropriate rule to bring it to the Floor.



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