Testing, testing, testing
Earlier today, the House passed legislation to provide billions of dollars in desperately needed funds for small businesses, hospitals, health care providers and national coronavirus testing.
For our small businesses, this package provides an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, including billions intended for businesses in underserved rural, urban and tribal communities. It also provides tens of billions of dollars for additional emergency disaster loans and grants.
While some small businesses in our community were able to access relief programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, many more were shut out. Let’s be clear: large corporations never should have been allowed to receive funds meant for small businesses. We must ensure this new round of funding goes to those businesses most in need.
The legislation passed today also directs an additional $75 billion toward hospitals and other health care providers, which will help ensure frontline workers have the life-saving protective equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.
Additionally, Democrats secured $25 billion for national coronavirus testing. These funds will be critical in facilitating the large-scale production and rapid deployment of precise coronavirus tests. As I wrote in the Denver Post earlier this week, a national testing strategy is key to quickly and safely reopening the country. If you’re interested in reading the op-ed, please click here.
Despite the many important provisions included in this legislation, there’s still much more that needs to be done to protect some of our most vulnerable communities. This week, we have been working to ensure our immigrant communities are getting the support they need during this pandemic.
On Wednesday, I co-sponsored legislation that would provide our immigrant communities equal access to coronavirus testing, treatment and economic relief. Our bill would also suspend policies that deter immigrants from seeking health care. Additionally, our Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act would provide funding for the CDC to distribute critical public health information in multiple languages to hard-to-reach communities.
This week, we also called on the Trump administration to immediately release the thousands of migrant children in U.S. custody. Keeping these kids in needlessly prolonged detention poses immeasurable risk to their lives and the lives of their loved ones. If you’re interested, you can click here to read out letter to the administration.
As we continue to work through this difficult time, I will do everything I can to make sure our community has all the resources it needs.
On Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m. M.T., I will be hosting a virtual community forum to answer any questions you may have.
You can join this virtual community forum from any computer or smartphone. If you’re interested, please RSVP by clicking here and we will email you instructions on how to join the event.
If you haven’t done so already, I would also urge you to visit our website at degette.house.gov where you can find more information from various government agencies on how best to protect yourself and our community from the spread of coronavirus.
And, as always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988.
Member of Congress