Eshoo Votes for Families First Coronavirus Relief Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) voted for the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, to provide support for what’s most important – working families who are at risk because of the coronavirus. The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 363 - 40 with 1 voting present. 

“The House is meeting the coronavirus crisis head on,” Eshoo said. “To stop the spread of the virus, we’ve secured free testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. The legislation puts families first by protecting their economic, food, and health security by expanding paid leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition funding, and federal funds for Medicaid.”

Today’s legislation comes on the heels of an $8.3 billion bipartisan bicameral package passed last week to strengthen our nation’s public health response to the coronavirus. The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act contains the following:

  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured;
  • Two weeks of paid emergency sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;
  • Strengthened Unemployment Insurance for those who lose their jobs or are furloughed;
  • Increased funding for student meals, home-delivered meals to seniors, local food banks, and through the SNAP program;
  • Increased 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. California will receive $4.46 billion in additional 2020 federal Medicaid spending through this legislation.

To read more about the legislation, click HERE.