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house Bill H.R. 6666

Should the Federal Gov’t Award $100B in Grants For Coronavirus Testing, Contact Tracing, & Monitoring?

Argument in favor

More funding is needed to continue to scale up testing & tracing capacity, and this bill would provide eligible healthcare entities with $100 billion in federal grants to support mobile health units to provide home testing & quarantining services.

jimK's Opinion
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05/24/2020
I am not sure about the amount of funding but am certain that there needs to be a nationally coordinated plan of action, that standards are established for contact tracing, that standards for how tests are run and reported be established, that a central repository of infection monitoring be established (that starts well before ER admissions) along with standards for reporting, that standard criteria for contact tracers along with require training be established and that common testing equipment, supplies be purchased and distributed to the states. It is truly both amazing and disgusting to me that none of this has been seriously started to date. … … … The idea that our monarchy cannot be bothered with such trivia and that state and local governments should just muddle their own way through this has resulted in our world leading mortality rates. Instead of national guidance on what needs to be done, when and how, our governors are forced to devise their own strategies as well as their own implementations. They could not be expected to consider all of the possibilities while in the midst of a crisis - and mistakes have been and are being made by even the most responsible governors because they are required to react to this crisis as well as develop their own strategies in real time- because our national lead ship has deigned themselves too important to take the time to think or plan ahead. … … … The argument that we should wait and see before taking proactive action is the underlying reason for our horrendous Covid-19 mortality counts - and is just plain stupid. I am not sure that this level of funding is needed for this but something needs to be started now; I do not feel that just throwing money at a problem without a clear strategy is the best approach. … … … As of 1:00 PM EDT today (May 24th) the US mortalities have reached 98,900 (this is the Johns Hopkins data adjusted by adding uncounted data for the VA, military, federal prisoners, the Navajo nation, as well as US territories and protectorates - and, yes, all of these are part of the US). It is also worth noting on this particular weekend that the V.A. has already reported over 1,100 Covid-19 veteran deaths. … … … The Apple/Google contract tracing API provides a valuable tracing tool that assures user anonymity while providing health departments valuable tracking data. Users can volunteer to share their data if they wish, there is no lasting or personal data kept on their devices or in central databases unless that information is voluntarily released.
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Paige's Opinion
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05/24/2020
Absolutely. If we had made this investment sooner we would have healthier people, fewer deaths and be ready to fully open the economy. Contact tracing, testing and promotion of wearing masks is the only path forward to maintaining public health enough that enough people will feel safe venturing out again and stimulating the economy. We must do this now. Every week that we wait puts us all at risk of illness, death, and economic collapse.
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David's Opinion
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05/24/2020
What am I missing here? I had to go back and read this several times after seeing all the negative comments here. What are all you privacy nuts upset about? Sorry but I don’t get it. If you are against virus testing and contact tracing, the virus will continue to cause unnecessary sickness and death. You’re saying you don’t want to know if you have the virus or if any one you have had contact with has the virus? This seems to me, a very narrow minded and counterproductive position for a person to have.
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Argument opposed

The federal government has already allocated substantial amounts of money to expanding coronavirus testing & tracing capacity, and it would be better to wait and see whether that funding is sufficient before throwing more money at the problem.

Kimberly's Opinion
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05/08/2020
it goes against our rights noone should be able to enter our homes unless invited 'please don't pass this .
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Wanda jean's Opinion
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05/06/2020
Please vote against this intrusive bill that is unnecessary as there are no instances of the so-called pandemic that require this level of resources or reduction of individual rights to accomplish goods public health.
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05/24/2020
No! The govt should not be infringing upon the privacy of people or monitoring them, and the tax payer should certainly NOT be paying for it! This is unconstitutional on so many levels!
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What is House Bill H.R. 6666?

This bill — the COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act — would authorize the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to award $100 billion in grants for testing, tracing the contacts of infected individuals, and supporting the quarantine of such contacts to address coronavirus (COVID-19). It would use mobile health units and, as necessary, testing & quarantining individuals at their residences to accomplish those goals.

Federally qualified health centers, nonprofit organizations, and certain hospitals & schools would be eligible to receive such grants. The CDC would prioritize applicants in hot spots & medically underserved communities and those that agree to hire individuals from the communities where the grant activities occur.

Impact

Coronavirus hot spots and medically underserved areas; and entities eligible to receive grants for testing & contact tracing.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6666

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced this bill to establish a grant program to facilitate coronavirus testing and contact tracing efforts in hot spots and medically underserved areas:

“Reopening our economy and getting back to normal will be all but impossible if we do not step up our testing efforts and implement robust and widespread contact tracing. Until we have a vaccine to defeat this dreaded disease, contact tracing in order to understand the full breadth and depth of the spread of this virus is the only way we will be able to get out from under this. The COVID-19 TRACE Act will allow us to do this by creating a $100 billion dollar grant program for local organizations to hire, train, and pay individuals and to purchase supplies to run mobile testing units and door-to-door outreach as is safe and necessary, with special preference being given to those operating in hot spots and medically underserved areas, as well as those entities who commit to hiring from these neighborhoods.”

Rush addressed a series of unfounded internet rumors, such as that his legislation would allow the government to remove children from households if a parent tests positive:

“I’ve seen these alarming posts as well, but I can assure you that they are completely false. This bill does not authorize anyone to enter your home, for whatever reason, without your permission, nor does it allow the government to remove anyone from your home because of the coronavirus. Again, this bill is about providing access to testing and outreach who want/need to get tested, but currently their needs aren’t being met.”

This legislation has the support of 64 Democratic cosponsors in the House.


Of Note: The “phase 3.5” coronavirus relief bill included $25 billion in funding for improving testing and tracing capacity in the U.S., of which $11 billion was set aside for use by state & local governments.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / LeoPatrizi)

AKA

COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act

Official Title

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals' residences, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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    IntroducedMay 1st, 2020
    I am not sure about the amount of funding but am certain that there needs to be a nationally coordinated plan of action, that standards are established for contact tracing, that standards for how tests are run and reported be established, that a central repository of infection monitoring be established (that starts well before ER admissions) along with standards for reporting, that standard criteria for contact tracers along with require training be established and that common testing equipment, supplies be purchased and distributed to the states. It is truly both amazing and disgusting to me that none of this has been seriously started to date. … … … The idea that our monarchy cannot be bothered with such trivia and that state and local governments should just muddle their own way through this has resulted in our world leading mortality rates. Instead of national guidance on what needs to be done, when and how, our governors are forced to devise their own strategies as well as their own implementations. They could not be expected to consider all of the possibilities while in the midst of a crisis - and mistakes have been and are being made by even the most responsible governors because they are required to react to this crisis as well as develop their own strategies in real time- because our national lead ship has deigned themselves too important to take the time to think or plan ahead. … … … The argument that we should wait and see before taking proactive action is the underlying reason for our horrendous Covid-19 mortality counts - and is just plain stupid. I am not sure that this level of funding is needed for this but something needs to be started now; I do not feel that just throwing money at a problem without a clear strategy is the best approach. … … … As of 1:00 PM EDT today (May 24th) the US mortalities have reached 98,900 (this is the Johns Hopkins data adjusted by adding uncounted data for the VA, military, federal prisoners, the Navajo nation, as well as US territories and protectorates - and, yes, all of these are part of the US). It is also worth noting on this particular weekend that the V.A. has already reported over 1,100 Covid-19 veteran deaths. … … … The Apple/Google contract tracing API provides a valuable tracing tool that assures user anonymity while providing health departments valuable tracking data. Users can volunteer to share their data if they wish, there is no lasting or personal data kept on their devices or in central databases unless that information is voluntarily released.
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    it goes against our rights noone should be able to enter our homes unless invited 'please don't pass this .
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    Absolutely. If we had made this investment sooner we would have healthier people, fewer deaths and be ready to fully open the economy. Contact tracing, testing and promotion of wearing masks is the only path forward to maintaining public health enough that enough people will feel safe venturing out again and stimulating the economy. We must do this now. Every week that we wait puts us all at risk of illness, death, and economic collapse.
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    Please vote against this intrusive bill that is unnecessary as there are no instances of the so-called pandemic that require this level of resources or reduction of individual rights to accomplish goods public health.
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    What am I missing here? I had to go back and read this several times after seeing all the negative comments here. What are all you privacy nuts upset about? Sorry but I don’t get it. If you are against virus testing and contact tracing, the virus will continue to cause unnecessary sickness and death. You’re saying you don’t want to know if you have the virus or if any one you have had contact with has the virus? This seems to me, a very narrow minded and counterproductive position for a person to have.
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    No! The govt should not be infringing upon the privacy of people or monitoring them, and the tax payer should certainly NOT be paying for it! This is unconstitutional on so many levels!
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    I’m so done with this “Police State.” Isn’t the Patriot Act enough spying on me? Isn’t enough I’ve signed over my personal rights to Google, Facebook, etc? I’d like to live free and die free!!
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    When the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the early 1980s, the Reagan administration's first reaction was chilling: It appeared to treat the epidemic as a joke. Sound familiar? Once it was known to be spread through sex, the paranoia from the homophobic right was palatable and they began to take safe sex seriously. I remember banning children from attending school because their mother or father had contracted it – after knowing how it spread. Now those same people – or people made of the same cloth – denying there is a covid-19 epidemic. Why? Idiots then and idiots now.
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    I vehemently oppose HR6666. Ventura County, California is already instituting this process, adding the provision that allows the government to remove any citizens from their homes who test positive for COVID-19 who only have one bathroom in their home. What if you are a single mother with young children? Where do they go? This will disproportionately affect families from lower income communities The consequences, based on the local and state government’s interpretation of this bill, are beyond comprehension. Also, the propensity for false positive testing results creates an opportunity for unwarranted action and considerable damage. We cannot let our fear of this dangerous disease compromise our core values and constitutional rights as a country. Please vote no on this resolution. We must do better. https://youtu.be/0Kf_gWrBio4
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    The current leadership of the federal government is grossly incompetent and corrupt, I wouldn’t trust them to pass out cheese to the needy. The competent approach to battling a pandemic demands testing and contact tracing. Donnie is done playing president, time to play golf and get back into campaign mode.
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    Fastest way to new normal until there is a vaccine and/or treatments! Every country successfully managing Covid-19 did this and much sooner saving lives & jobs like Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, etc.
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    If your piece of shit president had done his job from day one, no one would of had to cry about their rights being violated. If you think there is no pandemic I suggest you talk to the family members of the 100000 people trump just killed by pres fucktard playing politics instead doing his job snd protecting the people of this country.
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    If any of us plan to survive, yes -- the money should be authorized. I assume that Donald Trump won't even bother to stifle a yawn if the bill should ever reach his desk. No financial benefits for him, although maybe he could add a few with some clever contributions from his Sharpie,
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    Contact tracing is an affront to my rights and I will not submit to having my rights and privacy invaded through government coercion or military style edicts
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    This is a violation of rights and liberties.
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    Please, to organizations that can actually do the job this time. Ignore the wild conspiracy nonsense of the far right’s panicked bleating. It seems they can’t actually read or they would have read the bill and come up with something believable.
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    I oppose this bill. There is no reason that family members should be separated and out in concentration camps. Oh sorry “quarantine”.
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    No one should be forced into testing or being taken from our homes big violation of our constitutional rights very high over reach of government!
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    This should have been part of THE ALREADY FUNDED Pandemic Unit of the CDC...you know the one tRump totally ELIMINATED over two years ago! The minute the first confirmed case made it to the USA, we should have been ready to institute testing, tracing & quarantine! Honestly, we could have stopped the virus in China, if numb nuts didn’t pull our epidemiologists out of there. The only saving grace, is that this asshole wasn’t our president when Ebola was the threat! He has spent the last 4 months sitting with his thumbs stuck up his ass....now let’s fund this??? Yes!!! While you’re at it, institute universal healthcare, otherwise when we do get the cure/vaccine we will once again be healing only those who can afford it...meaning no one is safe! Healthcare is a right for all people!!! If you don’t get that in this moment in time, I really can’t help you!
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    More communist tactics. We don’t need government tracing people. This is America not China! Read your Constitution! No more government funding for wasteful coronavirus programs. Opening America is the best way to restore America.
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