Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor today of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, legislation that will provide $7.8 billion in emergency funding for the United States response to coronavirus. This bill will provide an installment of funds to expedite vaccine development, purchase essential equipment and supplies, and assist state and local health departments. This includes making diagnostic tests more broadly available and supporting treatment of those infected. The bill supplies $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1 billion for state and local response efforts, and $1.25 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

“I am very encouraged that the House passed this funding to better prepare our nation for the outbreak of Coronavirus,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “It is essential that we equip our state and local partners with the most immediate resources to protect our communities. As a member of Congress, I remain committed to keeping my constituents informed and providing the most up to date information about the Coronavirus as it is made available. As a Northern Border district, we face unique cross-border issues related to coronavirus. My office will continue to work with our border personnel and public health officials to take every precaution possible and to coordinate with our neighbors across the border. Additionally, I have reached out to county public health offices in our district to ensure we are answering any questions and providing the most up to date information.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of my offices if you have concerns.”

If you have questions or concerns, visit CDC.gov or call 800-232-INFO.