United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter on Friday to announce a pending vote to support families in need of testing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a direct response to the previous bill passed which will supply the nation with $8.3 billion in funding.
“Democratic leader Schumer and I, last weekend, called for further action to put families first,” said Pelosi. “Today, we are passing a bill that does just that.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 13, 2020
According to Pelosi, the key area of focus for the bill is “testing, testing, testing.”
The proposed bill will provide free coronavirus testing to all Americans and their families regardless of their insurance or health coverage. Pending approval by the House, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will also secure two weeks’ paid leave alongside family and medical relief for those affected by the virus.
Included in the bill is support for children’s and senior’s meals, which are now in jeopardy with the closure of schools and programs around the country.
“We will continue to listen to and benefit from the expertise of scientists, health care professionals, public health officials, and community leaders,” Pelosi concluded.