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Larson Votes for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide relief to people and families affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Last week Larson voted on a $8.3 billing emergency funding package to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

“No one should take a financial hit because they needed a Coronavirus test. No worker should have to choose between staying home sick and losing their paycheck. Today’s package passed by the House puts families first. It ensures everyone has access to free Coronavirus testing and paid leave. It also strengthens food assistance for our most vulnerable and enhances unemployment insurance for furloughed workers. I’m proud that we were able to come together bipartisanly to do this. I am also very proud of the tradition of Connecticut. When I was Senate President, we passed the nation’s first Family and Medical Leave Act. Today, due to Rosa DeLauro’s leadership, Americans will have access to paid Family and Medical Leave. I urge the Senate to pass this bill immediately and urge the President to sign it into law,” said Larson.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

  • Provides free Coronavirus testing for all Americans (insured and uninsured).
  • Requires twelve weeks of paid leave.
  • Strengthens food security programs, ensuring our seniors, children, and low-income Americans have access to nutritious food.
  • Enhances Unemployment Insurance for furloughed workers.
  • Increases Medicaid funding for states like Connecticut to deliver health care to those in need.