Lowey Leads House Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental

March 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today led the House in passing, on a bipartisan 415 to 2 vote, emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to address the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The legislation provides $8.3 billion in all new funding for a robust response to the coronavirus, including support for state and local health agencies, vaccine and treatment development, and loans for affected small businesses to lessen the economic blow of this public health emergency. 

“As the coronavirus spreads within my home county of Westchester, the number of cases and death toll around the world continue to grow,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “While the Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated a failure to understand public health needs, Congress is acting with the seriousness and sense of urgency the coronavirus threat demands. This legislation is a critical first step to enable a strategic, coordinated, and whole-of-government response to the coronavirus and to keep Americans safe. While I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly pass this legislation, I will remain in contact with New York State and Westchester County officials to make sure health care workers and those in self-quarantine at home because of possible exposure get assistance.”

This legislation includes $33 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for New York State and New York City to support state and local health departments which are aggressively addressing the local cases of coronavirus and protecting the public.

Congresswoman Lowey’s full floor statement is here.

The text of the coronavirus supplemental, H.R. 6074, is here. A summary of H.R. 6074 is here.