COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Supplemental Reimburses Riverside County and Provides Essential Funding to Keep Americans Safe
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (415 to 2) of the House of Representatives to approve legislation providing emergency funding for the U.S. response to COVID-19.
“The essential funding approved by the House today gives our health and disease agencies resources they need to battle the outbreak of this disease,” said Rep. Calvert. “The additional dollars will broaden the availability of diagnostic tests for the disease and will also speed up development of a vaccine. I’m pleased the bill included funding I requested, along with my colleagues, to reimburse Riverside County for their incredible response in assisting with the quarantine of American citizens who were repatriated from Wuhan, China to March Air Reserve Base. Congress must continue to work in a bipartisan manner along with our federal, state and local health officials to protect American families.”
What’s in the Bill?
In total, the bill provides $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the U.S. response to COVID-19. The following resources are funded within that amount:
- More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available; to support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus; and to invest in vaccine development and to procure vaccines when they are available. Funds are also made available for the Food and Drug Administration to protect the integrity of medical products manufactured overseas and identify and prevent potential shortages.
- $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a robust response, including:
- Nearly $1 billion exclusively for state and local response efforts; and
- $300 million for CDC’s Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to diseases – keeping our nation prepared and positioned for any health threat.
- $20 million to administer disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by the virus.
- $1.25 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide, including:
- $264 million to evacuate Americans and maintain consular operations overseas; and
- $200 million for USAID’s Emergency Response Fund to prepare for and respond to emerging health threats – working to prevent the spread of illness and infection before it reaches U.S. soil.