Neal Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Legislation

Mar 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“Today’s legislation provides meaningful assistance to our strained health care system, the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, and families who are struggling to make ends meet during this national crisis. Ways and Means Committee Democrats fought to include provisions that support small businesses, expand unemployment compensation, and help hospitals and health care workers get the resources they desperately need.

“Our work to help Americans during this emergency won’t stop here. Congress must do more to address the significant public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus. In a fourth response package, I want to provide any needed additional support to people who have lost their incomes and to affected patients and health care providers. We should take bold action to improve our country’s economic health too. Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit will provide assistance to individuals who need it the most and who will immediately spend that money on life’s essentials. Making long overdue infrastructure investments will put people back to work and reinvigorate the economy. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to protect Americans’ health and financial security, and I am confident Congress will step up to fully address the unprecedented challenge before our nation.”