Dear President Trump and Member of Congress,
With at least 158 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in the U.S. and 11 deaths, we are calling on our elected leaders to take immediate action to make emergency funds available so we can stop the spread of this virus, protect our families and communities, and assist those on the front lines of fighting this disease—including scientists and healthcare workers.
We ask that you pass immediately an emergency supplemental funding bill of at least $8.3 billion. This money will go towards the creation and dissemination of a vaccine, significantly increase the number of testing kits to diagnose the virus, preparing states, cities, and localities to combat the virus (including reimbursements for the costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak), interest-free loans for small businesses impacted by the outbreak, and assistance to the science and medical community. This funding should be clean, guarantee a strong public health response that gets everyone the treatment they need, and doesn’t exacerbate harm to vulnerable communities.
This funding should have guardrails in place so the money cannot be used for anything other than coronavirus response. It should be rider-free. And any vaccine or treatment create to combat coronavirus using these funds should be affordable and accessible for everyone.
Thank you for standing up and helping protect our families, communities, and economy.