The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) today. President Trump quickly signed the legislation in to law.
The $100 billion bill is the second emergency coronavirus response measure to be passed. President Trump had previously signed a bill to provide $8.3 billion in funding to federal health agencies and declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13, 2020 over the pandemic.
This second phase of the Act provides for free testing, expanded funding for food security programs and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.
A third emergency measure is also being discussed in which the White House will “solidify plans for an even larger package to address the fallout of the pandemic,” according to CBS News.
In addition to funding for economic assistance and COVID-19 testing, the Act contains provisions intended to support workers:
Additionally, the Act includes funding to ensure the country’s nutrition assistance programs (WIC, local food banks, elderly food assistance programs) have adequate resources to help those impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Click here for a summary of the Families First Response Act as approved by the House.
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