Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Pass Emergency COVID-19 Funds

March 4, 2020
Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted to pass an emergency supplemental funding bill to address the COVID-19, coronavirus public health crisis. The bill would provide funds to several Federal departments and agencies as well as reimbursements to the states for costs they have incurred fighting the outbreak. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.
 
“Today, I voted for legislation that will provide emergency funds to address the coronavirus, which passed with a strong show of bipartisan support. This funding is extremely important to Hawai‘i, and states across the country, as it will fund the ability to ensure the availability of testing wherever needed, masks and hygiene tools for healthcare professionals, nursing homes, and first responders as well as expanding tele-health services to prevent the spread of this virus. While more must be done, it’s essential that we stand together as Americans to defeat the threat of this virus,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “The Senate must quickly act to pass this bill to ensure these resources get to those who need them to ensure the safety and well-being of the American people.”
 
Background: 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 millions of 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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