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Congressman Tim Ryan Helps Pass Additional COVID-19 Protections For American Families

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) early this morning voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides basic protections for Americans including paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, enhanced Unemployment Insurance, food security initiatives, and free widespread testing.

“During this chaotic time, my number one priority is protecting Ohioans and Americans across the country. That means treating those impacted, making testing accessible, and offering commonsense financial protections so those who may need to stay home can,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Containing the spread of coronavirus is incredibly important for the safety of our friends and neighbors. This legislation is one key step to decreasing transmission of the virus.”

The legislation builds on an $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus spending package enacted into law on March 6th. That package – consisting entirely of new funds – included support for state and local health agencies, vaccine and treatment development, and loans for affected small businesses to lessen the economic blow of this public health emergency.