WASHINGTON, DC - While his staff will continue handling the wide range of issues that often come before them, Congressman Albio Sires has asked constituents to call his offices to set up appointments before coming in. This comes in response to established protocols announced to help slow the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus.
“It is a top priority for me and my staff to be a resource for constituents in New Jersey’s 8th Congressional district,” Sires said. “My staff and I continue to be in communication with federal officials as this situation evolves by the hour.”
In a second statement Sires celebrated the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the House of Representatives.
“The rampant spread of coronavirus jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans and their families, and Congress needs to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that our constituents have the resources they need to combat this crisis,” Sires said, citing reports of health care systems being overwhelmed, individuals being unable to access testing, and families having to make tough decisions between their health and their financial wellbeing are simply unacceptable. “That is why I proudly voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as a critical step in desperately needed action to address this public health emergency.”
If passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump the legislation will, along with an earlier passage of an $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations package, will provide individuals, states, and local governments the resources they need to adequately combat this crisis.
Included is funding for:
- free coronavirus testing for everyone, including the uninsured
- two weeks of paid emergency sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave
- added flexibility and resources to states for enhanced unemployment insurance
- over $1 billion for domestic nutrition assistance programs and added flexibility to ensure that low-income families, seniors, and children who would otherwise rely on schools for free and reduced meals, can still access nutritious foods
- tools to ensure that states can maintain Medicaid benefits for enrollees.
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