Congressman Andy Levin Votes to Bolster Americans’ Personal Safety and Financial Security against Coronavirus Impact

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, today voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act to safeguard American families against the health and financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This gravely serious situation demands a sober, comprehensive and immediate response,” Rep. Levin said. “Paid sick leave. Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits. Widespread and free testing. Stronger protections for frontline and health care workers. These are the remedies and protections that will make all the difference for American families hardest hit by the impacts of the coronavirus. That’s why they are included in the bill we passed tonight.

“House Democrats remain extremely vigilant and prepared to respond to the unfolding events spurred by the spread of the coronavirus. This is what Congress must do to make up for the failures of the Administration, which so far has bungled its effort to contain the virus after years of reckless budget cuts to critical public health programs. The Trump Administration’s lack of preparedness for widespread testing has led to a poor understanding of the disease’s spread, which has significantly hampered our ability to contain it.

“What Americans need but are not getting from this president is reliable, authoritative and comprehensive information about the government’s efforts—not wishful thinking from the president that the virus will soon go away.”

In addition to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Rep. Levin voted for $8.3 billion in funding to support coronavirus mitigation. Rep. Levin also cosponsored three bills this week to provide support for working families and those most effected by the impact of the disease.

Last month, Congressman Levin questioned Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield about his agency’s efforts to protect Americans from the coronavirus.