Rep. Rouda Votes to Pass Bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act | Representative Harley Rouda

Rep. Rouda Votes to Pass Bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This legislation secures free COVID-19 testing and provides family and worker protections.

"This legislation ensures every American, regardless of insurance status or personal wealth, has full coverage for COVID-19 testing," said Rouda. "Earlier this week, I wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, requesting an immediate increase in testing and clarification on testing guidelines. Orange County doctors and families are being denied tests, even when showing COVID-19 symptoms, which puts our communities at risk."

"In addition to securing free COVID-19 tests, this legislation protects working American families by strengthening food security initiatives and providing paid emergency leave. Americans should not have to choose between putting food on the table and potentially contracting COVID-19."

"Our work here is not done. I will continue to fight for Orange County small businesses affected by COVID-19, families grappling with sudden school closures, and our senior citizens practicing social distancing."

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201):

  • Establishes free testing for COVID-19 for all Americans.
  • Secures emergency paid leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. 
  • Secures enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a step that will extend protections to furloughed workers. 
  • Strengthens nutrition security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition, and food banks. 
  • Increases federal funds for Medicaid to support our local, state, tribal, and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis.