Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Preparation for Possible Coronavirus Outbreak
Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak:
“We need to make sure our public health experts and medical professionals are informing and planning our country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak – not politicians. Historically, our country has come together not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Americans, to address pandemics like this. This is no time for the chest-thumping and finger-pointing we have seen in recent days.
President Trump said he is willing to consider a more robust emergency funding package than the $2.5 billion originally requested by his administration for the coronavirus response, and he should. I will be supporting an emergency funding supplemental of no less than $4 billion in new funding – not borrowed from other accounts – with strong provisions that ensure:
- The president cannot transfer these new funds to anything other than the coronavirus and fighting infectious diseases;
- A portion will fund efforts to develop an affordable coronavirus vaccine;
- Interest-free loans are made available for small businesses impacted by the outbreak;
- State and local governments are reimbursed for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The risk of infection in the United States remains low for now and we must all do our part to keep it that way. That includes basic practices like thoroughly washing our hands and staying home when we feel unwell.”