O’Halleran Votes for House Funding Package to Address Coronavirus Spread

March 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 6074, an $8.3 billion funding package to address the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Arizonans I talk to are concerned for the health of their loved ones and troubled by reports of community viral spread as health officials work to understand the Coronavirus,” said O’Halleran. “I am pleased to see this funding package that will address the potential spread of this disease in rural and tribal communities across Arizona, and work to keep American families healthy and informed.”

Funding allocated in today’s package includes

  • more than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics;
  • $40 million in funding allocated specifically for tribal communities and Native Nations;
  • $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, $950 million of which is to support state & local health agencies;
  • nearly $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to support health care preparedness and Community Health Centers;
  • and allowance for up to $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency.

Additionally, the package voted upon today enables seniors to access telemedicine services for coronavirus treatment and ensures that state and local governments are reimbursed for costs incurred while assisting the federal response.

“Today, I was pleased that the House of Representatives came together to authorize this much-needed funding,” said O’Halleran following the vote. “I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to use the science available to us and aggressive, proactive measures to address this serious public health concern, prevent panic, and quell partisan attacks that will only set us back.”

Today, O’Halleran participated in a roundtable with researchers and health care professionals working on treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Among those assembled were experts that worked on treatments for similar viral outbreaks such as Ebola, SARS, and H1N1.

O’Halleran hears from health care professionals working on treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.