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Senator Jim Risch approves coronavirus emergency funding package

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:35:30-04

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after voting to approve the second supplemental funding package for coronavirus.

We are in the midst of a truly unprecedented time in modern U.S. history. These extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Today, I voted in support of a second bipartisan coronavirus emergency funding bill. This legislation is far from perfect – and I strongly believe we must redouble our efforts to balance the federal budget – but the urgent needs of Idahoans and the integrity of the U.S. economy must be addressed as swiftly and comprehensively as possible. This bill, along with the first coronavirus supplemental bill enacted earlier this month, has the strong support of the president and will ensure that Idaho’s families, small businesses, and communities receive the critical assistance and federal support they deserve.
These are challenging times, but as your senator, I will continue working at the federal level to deliver resources and relief to Idahoans. My office will remain available for legislative work and constituent services for anyone who has been impacted – either directly or indirectly – by COVID-19. We each have a role to play in keeping Idaho’s communities safe and healthy, and I will continue working hard on your behalf to deliver results back home.
Sen. Jim Risch

Provisions in H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

  • Funding for additional test kits.
  • Funding to help cover the cost of coronavirus testing.
  • Paid sick and family leave for companies with fewer than 500 employees, with exemptions offered for businesses with under 50 employees.
  • Assistance for employees who are unable to work (including telework) due to a COVID-19-related school or child care closure.
  • Food assistance for the most vulnerable members of our communities.

For more information and resources about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the CDC COVID-19 website or visit the State of Idaho COVID-19 website. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness and have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the virus, contact your primary care physician or call 2-1-1.

You can read Sen. Mike Crapo's response here.