Coronavirus Legislation

The spread of coronavirus is a public health crisis that demands a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep Americans safe and address the financial impact. So far, Congress has passed three funding bills to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find more information on the work Congress has done so far to address the coronavirus. 

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis to provide the most up-to-date information on what Congress is doing.

March 27, 2020: The CARES Act. This stimulus bill includes the following:

  • For fighting the coronavirus: A large investment in hospitals, health systems and state and local governments to give them the resources they desperately need during this emergency. 
  • For our workers: A massive increase in Unemployment Insurance benefits to match the average paycheck of laid-off or furloughed workers.  
  • For our small businesses: A significant expansion of fast relief for small businesses and makes rent, mortgage, utility costs, and payroll eligible for SBA loan forgiveness.  
  • For our students: Billions in emergency education funding and eliminates income tax on student loan repayment assistance by an employer. 
  • For accountability and oversight: Prevents secret bailouts and adds special oversight requirements.  

March 18, 2020: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill addresses the following priorities:

  • For families’ health security: 
    • Ensures free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
    •  Increases funding for Medicaid to support local, state, tribal and territorial health systems, so that they have the resources needed to combat this public health emergency.
  • For families’ economic security: 
    • Provides two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave for eligible workers and enhances Unemployment Insurance. 
    • Supports small businesses by fully reimbursing them for providing leave. 
  • For families’ food security:
    • Strengthens nutrition initiatives including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ meals and food banks.

March 6, 2020: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This funding package of $8.3 billion:

  • Commits more than $3 billion to the development of treatments and a vaccine available to all and protects against price-gouging of medicines developed with taxpayer dollars. 
  • Provides $2.2 billion in prevention, preparedness and response measures, including nearly a billion dollars to help state, local, tribal and territorial health systems.
    • The CDC has provided an additional $27.2 million to Florida to aid our coronavirus response.
  • Helps families by extending telemedicine services regardless of where they live,
  • Supports small businesses, with billions in low-interest SBA loans to those affected.