Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Hawaiʻi Lt. Gov. Green Update Thousands on Coronavirus Response

March 18, 2020
Press Release
Washington, DC—This afternoon, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) hosted a telephone town hall for over 10,000 Hawai‘i residents where she was joined by Hawaiʻi Lt. Governor Josh Green, a practicing physician who has served as the state’s lead official coordinating its COVID-19 coronavirus response.
 
“It is critical to keep people informed about what is happening in our state and country in response to this global pandemic. I want to thank Lt. Gov. Josh Green for joining me to answer people’s questions and update Hawai‘i residents on local and national actions. I will be hosting additional virtual forums to make sure my constituents have the information they need to be safe and weather this crisis,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
 
 
Background: Residents of Hawai‘i’s 2nd Congressional District who are interested in getting updates from the Congresswoman, including upcoming telephone town hall events, can do so by visiting the Congresswoman’s website and signing up for her e-newsletter: https://gabbard.house.gov/subscribe.
 
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard used the telephone town hall to update constituents regarding efforts by Congress and the Federal government to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including a critical look at the successes and failures of Federal departments and agencies in the first weeks of the crisis.
 
During the call, she and Lt. Gov. Green fielded questions ranging from testing and quarantine protocols to the impact on small businesses and efforts being made to secure the needed medical supplies to diagnose, treat, and care for Hawaii’s residents.
 
On March 14, 2020, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard voted to pass H.R.6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the most recent emergency bill to provide resources to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This bill included provisions providing for free COVID-19 testing, two weeks of paid sick leave, up to three months paid family and medical leave, and unemployment insurance for furloughed workers. It also expands food security for those who rely on food stamps, student meals, senior nutrition plans, and food banks as well as increasing federal Medicaid funds for local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems.
 
On March 12, 2020, she introduced H.Res. 897, the first legislation offered in Congress that would provide an emergency non-taxable Universal Basic Payment until COVID-19 no longer presents a public health emergency. The Universal Basic Payment — of $1,000 per month to all adult Americans — would be a temporary, direct benefit to help Americans cover the healthcare costs incurred because of and protect their financial security from the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
 
She previously voted to pass legislation that will provide emergency funds to address the novel coronavirus. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has called on the Trump Administration to suspend flights from South Korea and Japan given the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in these countries, until they can guarantee all passengers will be tested prior to boarding flights to the United States. 
 
In order to ensure that any treatment developed for COVID-19 is accessible and affordable, Rep. Gabbard joined a letter to President Trump demanding that pharmaceutical companies are not issued exclusive licenses for the production of such treatments or capitalize on drugs that have been funded by taxpayer dollars.
 
Rep. Gabbard also wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calling for clear guidelines for state and local governments to receive federal reimbursement for the costs they are incurring as part of their response to this public health crisis.
 
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
 
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