Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after voting for an emergency supplemental funding bill for the U.S. response to coronavirus. H.R. 6074 passed the House by a vote of 415 to 2 and now heads to the Senate. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation.
“The health and safety of the American people is our number one priority,” Mullin said. “This funding ensures our public health agencies at all levels have the resources necessary to adequately respond to this epidemic. The White House asked for $2.5 billion and the bill we passed today is three times that amount. While I support adequate funding for response efforts, I am hopeful that we won’t need to use all $7.8 billion and can return unused money to the taxpayers.”
The emergency supplemental funding bill provides $7.8 billion in appropriations including:
· More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more readily available, support treatments to ease symptoms for those infected with the virus, invest in vaccine development and procure vaccines when they are available.
· $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including nearly $1 billion for state and local response efforts and $300 million for CDC’s Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund.
· $20 million to administer disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus.
· $1.25 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.