Rep. Levin Helps Introduce Two Bills to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, this week joined colleagues to introduce two pieces of legislation to aggressively support the coronavirus, or COVID-19, response effort and protect working people.

“While the coronavirus will affect families of every background, I fear particularly for working people who are financially unable to miss work and whose jobs put them on the front lines of the response effort,” Rep. Levin said. “As Congress works toward solutions for the health care and economic emergencies created by the virus outbreak, I will continue to prioritize the protections for the most vulnerable.”

The COVID-19 Worker Protection Act of 2020 (H.R. 6139), introduced by Rep. Levin, Chairman Scott and other Education and Labor Committee Democrats, would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to ensure health care facilities implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans to keep front line health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rep. Levin also joined Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Rosa DeLaura to introduce legislation that would provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of the coronavirus crisis, and in preparation for future public health emergencies.

Last week, Congressman Levin voted to appropriate $8.3 billion to fund a coordinated, nationwide response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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