Saturday, March 14, 2020
MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CHAMPIONS FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT!!!
A glimpse at how Kansas City's top ranking elected official is confronting the pandemic and working on a bipartisan solution.
House of Representatives Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act
(Washington, D.C.) – The United States House of Representatives today passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide support for Missouri families as the coronavirus continues to spread and businesses close.
The legislation passed by a vote of 363-40, with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) voting to support the bill.
“As we have seen this week, COVID-19 presents a legitimate threat to the safety and economic security of the American people,” said Congressman Cleaver. “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. 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 14 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 now go to the United States Senate for a vote next week.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus
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