Langevin Votes for $8.3 Billion in Emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funding

Mar 4, 2020 Issues: Health Care, Rhode Island

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today voted in favor of H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. The $8.3 billion emergency funding package, which includes at least $4.9 million in funding for Rhode Island, will support robust preparedness and response activities by prioritizing vaccine development and support for state and local governments, health agencies, and small businesses that could be affected by this looming public health threat. Prior to the vote, Langevin participated in a Homeland Security Committee Hearing entitled, “Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the Response to a Pandemic Threat.”  The bill passed the House by a vote of 415-2.

“With growing public concern and more confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, including here in Rhode Island, the federal government must act swiftly to protect lives” said Langevin. “Making new funding available to address this public health threat is critical for an effective and comprehensive preparedness and response. I’m pleased that this bill includes strong support for local authorities who have been on the ground assisting those affected. I implore my Senate colleagues and the President to take prompt action and make this support available to communities as soon as possible.”

H.R. 6074 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, $950 million of which supports state and local health agencies
  • Nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers and to improve medical surge capacity
  • $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad to help keep Americans safe domestically
  • Authority to provide an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses