Stauber Helps Pass Emergency Spending Package to Combat Coronavirus

March 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) voted to pass an emergency spending package to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This package will provide $8.3 billion in funds to expedite vaccine development, purchase essential equipment and supplies, and assist state and local health departments.

Of this emergency spending package, Congressman Stauber stated, “Even though experts agree that the current risk to Americans is low, we must remain vigilant and do everything in our power to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of the American people is my number one priority, so I was happy to unite with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and deliver a spending package that will help ensure our healthcare providers, families, and communities are equipped for any outcome.”

This spending package includes:

  • More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available, support treatments for those infected with the virus, and invest in vaccine development.
  • $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • $1.25 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.
  • $20 million to administer disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by the virus.
  • $500 million for telehealth services.

Since the threat of the coronavirus emerged, Congressman Stauber has been closely monitoring the situation. Yesterday, he and his colleagues on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus sat down with Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx to receive an update on the coronavirus.