Rep. Rouda Statement on COVID-19 Office Operations | Representative Harley Rouda

Rep. Rouda Statement on COVID-19 Office Operations

March 12, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) issued the following statement in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

"This week, I questioned public health experts who told me, without reservation, we must take drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19," said Rouda. "Government, business, and community leaders must heed this advice to keep their employees, families, and neighborhoods safe." 

"Effective immediately, my offices in Washington, DC and Newport Beach, CA will implement a voluntary telecommute policy. My office will remain fully operational — assisting constituents with federal agencies, answering questions and concerns, and performing all essential legislative functions.”

“This is no longer about containment. Mitigation strategies like telecommuting, event cancellations, and other forms of social distancing, are crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and preventing an exhaustion of our health care system. Leadership and immediate, responsible action will save American lives.”

"While my office can telecommute and maintain full operating status, I realize not all working Americans have that capability. I will continue to advocate for paid sick leave and other economic and health care protections for those impacted by COVID-19. Americans should not have to choose between putting food on the table and potentially contracting COVID-19." 

"Last week, I voted to pass an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill to address COVID-19. In addition to funding medical research and supplies, the supplemental makes available $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency. I urge the Small Business Administration to provide immediate guidance to give American small businesses certainty in uncertain times.” 

"Today, the House is introducing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which establishes free testing, protects frontline health workers, and expands paid leave assistance. I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this critical legislation."

"Radical changes, like school and workplace closures, will test all of us. Orange County families have shown time and time again that in the face of hardship — we come together. It is an honor to serve our Orange County community, and I will continue to fight to protect the health and wellbeing of California’s 48th congressional district.”

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