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house Bill H.R. 6074

Providing $8.3 Billion for Coronavirus Response, Preparedness, & Vaccine Development

Argument in favor

This bipartisan funding package will provide much-need resources to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and develop therapeutics for treatment & vaccines for prevention in the future.

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03/04/2020
Kinda late to this party, but sure. Go on and close the gate now that all the cows are gone. Maybe fund the CDC from the get go next time instead of waiting on people to die due to your stupidity.
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Tony's Opinion
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03/04/2020
Next time fully fund the CDC to begin with so you don't have to do this
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Dara's Opinion
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03/04/2020
This addendum to the budget would have been unnecessary if stupidity and the attacks on scientists and science, the CDC and NHIS hadn’t been gutted the White House. This is precisely why we have government agencies and professionals so we are ready on day one to address emergencies. Governments are NOT a business, they protect the citizenry.
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Congress has taken far too long to develop this funding package to respond to the coronavirus outbreak because of their desire to score political points.

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03/04/2020
C’mon 8.3 billion? Really? How could it possibly require that much money? That seems like a crap ton of waste in that bill! Whose pockets are being lined??
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03/05/2020
Our Nation is in debt. Congress is foolishly making our debt worse through deficit spending. We must deal with this virus. We must not allow Congress to use this as a means to enrich their political friends, or punish their political foes. Stop borrowing money on our credit!
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03/04/2020
What a ridiculous waste. $8.3B is about $25 for every man woman and child in America. Just give me the cash and I'll take care of my own preparedness. Listen - if its in the news - it is a sure bet NOT to happen. Why? Because if it was common it wouldn't be news. Remember the Measles Epidemic last year? What?...maybe a 100 cases? Last year the Ukraine had about 40,000 case of measles. QUIT CATASTROPHIZING the news! Stop reacting like a bunch of puppets on strings of crisis.
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What is House Bill H.R. 6074?

This bill would provide a total of $8.3 billion in funding to respond to the coronavirus, including vaccine development, financial support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): The CDC would receive a total of $2.2 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including:

  • $950 million, of which $475 million would have to be allocated within 30 days, to support states, localities, territories, and tribes in coronavirus surveillance; laboratory testing to detect positive cases; contact tracing to identify additional positive cases; infection control at the local level to prevent additional cases; migration in areas with person-to-person transmission to prevent additional cases; and other preparedness & response activities.

  • $300 million to replenish the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund, which supports immediate response activities during outbreaks.

  • At least $300 million for global disease detection and emergency response.

This bill would also reimburse state & local costs incurred for coronavirus preparedness and response activities between January 20 and this bill’s date of enactment. It would also allow funds to be used for the construction or renovation of facilities to improve preparedness and response capabilities at the state and local level.

Vaccines, Therapeutics, & Diagnostics: This section would provide over $3 billion for the research & development (R&D) of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent or treat the effects of coronavirus, including:

  • Over $2 billion for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support advanced R&D of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, prioritizing platform-based technologies with U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities.

  • $826 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support basic R&D of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

  • $300 million in contingency funding for procurement of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Additionally, this section would require that vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics developed using taxpayer funds be available for purchase by the federal government at a fair and reasonable price. It would also allow the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) to ensure that vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics developed using taxpayer funds be affordable in the commercial market.

Healthcare Preparedness, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Supplies: This section would provide $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity, including:

  • About $500 million for the procurement of pharmaceuticals, masks, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies which can be distributed to state & local health agencies in areas with a shortage of supplies.

  • $100 million for health services through Community Health Centers, which will support smaller health clinics across the country in under-served urban & rural areas.

  • A continuation of healthcare preparedness support, including the National Ebola & Special Pathogens Training & Education Center (NETEC), regional, state & local special pathogens treatment centers, and hospital preparedness cooperative agreements.

  • Funding for medical surge capacity, which will increase the supply of biocontainment beds at additional health facilities.

  • A requirement to reimburse $136 million to HHS programs that had funding temporarily transferred to support emergency preparedness & response activities at the CDC and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

  • $10 million for worker-based training to prevent & reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to coronavirus through their work duties.

  • $2 million for HHS to conduct oversight of activities related to coronavirus preparedness & response.

  • Authority for HHS to hire public health experts as expeditiously as necessary to perform critical coronavirus-related work.

This bill would allow HHS to waive certain Medicare telehealth restrictions during the coronavirus public health emergency. These waivers would allow Medicare providers to provide telehealth services to beneficiaries regardless of whether the beneficiary is in a rural community, and would also allow beneficiaries to receive care from physicians & other practitioners in their homes. This provision has an estimated cost of $500 million.

Food & Drug Administration (FDA): This section would provide the FDA with $61 million to facilitate the development and review, both pre- & post-market, of medical countermeasures, devices, therapies, and vaccines to combat the coronavirus. It would help to maintain the national drug & device product inventory through extensive outreach to manufacturers to identify potential supply chain interruptions; assist enforcement work against counterfeit & misbranded products and its review of emergency use authorizations for medical products, such as diagnostics.

Additionally, this section will enable the FDA to build on its efforts to strengthen U.S. medical product manufacturing by supporting efforts to foster more investment and innovation in advanced manufacturing methods for drugs, devices, vaccines, and other therapies.

Small Business Administration (SBA): This section would allow the SBA to provide up to $1 billion in loan subsidies to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture producers, and non-profit organizations which have been impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This funding could enable the SBA to provide an estimated $7 billion in loans to these entities. Additionally, $20 million would be provided to administer these loans.

Miscellaneous

The State Dept. would receive $264 million for consular operations, emergency evacuations of staff & dependents, and other emergency preparedness needs at embassies around the world. It would also receive $435 million to support health systems overseas; $300 million to respond to humanitarian needs arising in countries with a coronavirus outbreak; $250 million to protect against the effects of an outbreak including economic, security, and stabilization requirements.

The president would be restricted from using funds appropriated in this bill for any other purpose, except for repayment of transfers within HHS. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would be required to provide enhanced oversight of funds appropriated in this bill.

Impact

People affected by the coronavirus outbreak; healthcare providers; federal, state, and local public health agencies; pharmaceutical companies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6074

$7.57 Billion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $7.570 billion over the 2020-2030 period.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) offered the following statement on the introduction of this package to address the coronavirus:

“The American people are counting on our government for a full-funded, coordinated, and comprehensive government-wide response to the coronavirus. House Democrats’ emergency supplemental consists of robust, entirely new funding and strong transparency and accountability measures to fully address the virus and keep Americans safe from this growing public health emergency. We must quickly enact this legislation -- lives are at stake.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted a criticism of the process employed by House Democrats in reaching the agreement:

“Congress should’ve already passed a funding bill to combat coronavirus. Period. But Democrats are hellbent on sneaking in elements of their liberal agenda — which would slow down vaccine development and availability. We need CLEAN funding. No gimmicks. No new strings attached.”

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) delivered remarks on the Senate floor following the compromise that led to this package’s introduction:

“We listened carefully to the agencies and experts on the front lines in crafting this package. Vice President Pence has been very helpful in this effort, and I appreciate President Trump’s eagerness to sign this legislation. I also want to thank Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairwoman Lowey, and Ranking Member Granger for coming together to the right thing for the American people. We face this crisis together; we are fighting it together. Ultimately, I believe we will prevail together. But now is the time for action.”

President Donald Trump initially requested $2.5 billion to address the coronavirus outbreak but after Democrats said they felt a figure closer to $8 billion was needed, the president signaled his willingness to sign whatever funding package Congress sends to his desk:

“With respect to the money that’s being negotiated, they can do whatever they want. We’re requesting $2.5 [billion]. Some Republicans would like us to get $4 [billion], and some Democrats would like us to get $8.5 [billion], and we’ll be satisfied whatever it is.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

Official Title

Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed March 5th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 96 Yea / 1 Nay
  • The house Passed March 4th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 415 Yea / 2 Nay
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2020

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    Kinda late to this party, but sure. Go on and close the gate now that all the cows are gone. Maybe fund the CDC from the get go next time instead of waiting on people to die due to your stupidity.
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    C’mon 8.3 billion? Really? How could it possibly require that much money? That seems like a crap ton of waste in that bill! Whose pockets are being lined??
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    Next time fully fund the CDC to begin with so you don't have to do this
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    This addendum to the budget would have been unnecessary if stupidity and the attacks on scientists and science, the CDC and NHIS hadn’t been gutted the White House. This is precisely why we have government agencies and professionals so we are ready on day one to address emergencies. Governments are NOT a business, they protect the citizenry.
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    Yes. I remember the good old days when our country took the lead when dealing with the spread of infectious diseases. I am probably a little more worried then most because my wife and I are in the higher risk demographic and I really would like see broad testing to determine where COVID-19 is now and how it is spreading. The nonsense of screening information from health officials before it can be released is asinine, not at all recommended practice and threatens all of us. This is yet another example of trumps ‘shoot, rationalize, aim’ approach to problem solving. Actions taken without thinking or planning ahead have consequences - potentially severe consequences. In this case, trump’s gutting of our country’s pandemic response capabilities built under the Bush and Obama administrations, who each recognized the risk of a pandemic from new pathogens or new strains (in part, concerned about old strains not seen for 50,000 years being released from melting ice and permafrost). I don’t care what political spin is spewed - the dismantling of our country’s ability to quickly respond was hazardous, consequential and threatens our population as we try to play catch up with the rest of the world. The 1918 world influenza outbreak decimated world populations and was initially politically ‘pronounced’ to be of low risk in this country. After the initial outbreak slowed in warming months (as many, but not all, of the influenza strains are known to do), the world governments stopped worrying about the outbreak only to be totally unprepared for a more virulent strain which took out somewhere between 17 and 50 million people (possibly as many as 100 million people) world-wide over the next flu season. As COVID-19 is a new and significantly different coronavirus strain, no one knows if or how it will subside in warmer weather or if it or a more violent strain may follow next season. I want to hear from the experts, I want everyone to realize the potential gravity of the threat and to take it seriously. So far, our country’s leadership has not. … … … trumpublicans have been politicizing the hell out of this and blaming Democrats for doing so (classical ‘projection’). trump said testing was inhibited because of an Obama rule requiring FDA involvement in the development of test kits. That is a flat out lie. The FDA studied this proposal but it was abandoned after the study and never implemented. McCarthy is blaming Democrats for crafting too good a response package saying it is being only being so detailed as a political tool to embarrass the trumpublicans. trump’s autocratic control of information puts a highly political spin on everything our health agencies are trying to do and risks keeping the public uniformed when it needs to be informed directly by the experts and not by politicians.
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    We may need even more. If it will save lives and the bank accounts of American’s, it’s worth the price tag. And tell Trump we don’t want his $100,000, it’s not worth everything else he’s stolen from America.
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    Better late than never! Thank you Jamie Raskin for voting, “Yea”. Really need to up our game on preparedness for not only Covid-19 but also other viruses like SARS, MERS, Ebola, etc. Need test kits, vaccines, treatments and funding for everyone to be tested, isolated if needed & treated; and paid leave from work. Need to control the spread or mortality will be higher than the global actual rate of 3% especially for over 60 years of age (10%), over 80 (15%), cardiovascular disease (10%), diabetes (10%), respiratory disease (6%), hypertension (6%), cancer (6%). https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-fatality-rates-vary-wildly-depending-on-age-gender-and-medical-history-some-patients-fare-much-worse-than-others-2020-02-26
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    This idiot president we have already proposed cuts to the CDC. How about taking some of that money to fund his stupid wall and fund the CDC then some. Nobody’s pockets are being lined... It costs money to research and develop these vaccines let alone then have to test them. Maybe people do your homework!!.. “Pandemic” it’s a good Doc on Netflix if y’all really want to know about Pandemics. I’m a medical professional and know what I’m talking about. People also need to stop panicking this is just another higher virulent of a flu type virus. Those that will succumb to this will mostly be those that have co- morbidities (look it up). Just remember the US is strictly advanced with our medical practices compared to most countries.
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    Only Trump and his MAGATs can turn a pandemic into a Party driven lie-fest. When will all the lies and hate mongering stop? Look at Trump’s beautiful stock market now! Our so-called “stable genius” set us up for this all-time biggest drop in the market.
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    Better late than never!
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    Eliminate the budget cuts to CDC. Give up the wall money. Restaff with competent scientists. Stop censoring the information available to the public. Behave like a literate adult and not a petulant child.
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    Passed by the house! Thank you Rep Gianforte Vote Yea ! Now the Senate needs to get their collective butt in gear! Vote in support HR 6074 Nita Lowey! I cringe hearing Trump say”I have a hunch”
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    Many Americans cannot afford to take time off of work if they are sick. So in addition to providing funding for the coronavirus Congress should mandate paid sickleave for all Americans. Otherwise the probability that the virus will spread as the folks who cannot afford to take time off of work bring the contagious disease into the office place will become a reality.
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    Click on details above to see the funding breakdown. We need this yesterday. There are no testing kits available for the sick, unless very sick and often those have to be sent to the cdc for testing because no local kits are available, so it takes days. This is a hot mess. Did you see T on tv in a meeting with health professionals thinking a reg flu shot would make this all go away? OMG, his level of ignorance continues to amaze me. FUND it. This bill would also make testing costs be covered by insurance, so nobody would have to choose if they could afford a test.
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    It’s ok but it’s really too little too late. This should have been done while it was still contained in China so we were acting rather than reacting, but ImPOTUS can never pass up an opportunity to be inept and put American lives at risk. I’ve read through all the information and nowhere can I find where this money is coming from so I assume we will just continue to print the stuff and add it to our unbelievable national debt.
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    I agree with this bill as the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities increases not just in the United States, but across the world, on a daily basis. We need a plan like H.R. 6074 to pass in order to properly prepare the country for the viral outbreak and to decrease the number of cases in the United States.
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    Thanks to my Congressman and Senators for swift passage of this bill. I am pleased and slightly amazed that the “fair and reasonable” price conditions survived the rapacious attempt to hold America hostage over a COVID-19 vaccine. A necessary and bipartisan bill passed absent the corruption and pork sought by the lobbyists. An all too rare ray of hopes in these dark times!
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    What a ridiculous waste. $8.3B is about $25 for every man woman and child in America. Just give me the cash and I'll take care of my own preparedness. Listen - if its in the news - it is a sure bet NOT to happen. Why? Because if it was common it wouldn't be news. Remember the Measles Epidemic last year? What?...maybe a 100 cases? Last year the Ukraine had about 40,000 case of measles. QUIT CATASTROPHIZING the news! Stop reacting like a bunch of puppets on strings of crisis.
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    Our Nation is in debt. Congress is foolishly making our debt worse through deficit spending. We must deal with this virus. We must not allow Congress to use this as a means to enrich their political friends, or punish their political foes. Stop borrowing money on our credit!
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    It is Kind of like shutting the barn door after the animals have gotten out. But it’s a start. Can’t understand why it’s taken this long to get started on this except for the fact that Trump and his bunch do not know what the hell they’re doing, so there will be people who die in this country because they are inept
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