WASHINGTON — The U.S. House today passed legislation that would provide $8.3 billion to combat coronavirus, including $950 million in support for state and local health agencies to conduct public health activities such as lab testing, infection control and vaccine and treatment development.
The legislation also allows small businesses impacted by the coronavirus to access low-interest loans.
“This legislation will give our nation the resources it needs to respond to the coronavirus,” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, said in a news release. “The coronavirus poses a very real threat to Americans across the country, and the government needs to have the funds necessary to halt the spread of this virus and ensure those impacted receive the best care possible.”
The legislation came one day after House lawmakers wrote a letter urging President Donald Trump to make swift changes to increase the effectiveness of the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The legislation now heads to the Senate.