Portman Statement on the Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 18, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement after supporting the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

“Today’s passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is another important step forward in our efforts to help workers, families and employers impacted by the coronavirus. This measure provides free coronavirus testing for those who are ill, ensures hard-working Americans have access to paid sick leave, and paid family leave, provides additional food assistance to those who need it, enhances unemployment insurance, and increases Medicaid funding. There is no time to waste.

“We must continue to act with urgency to protect our economy, and there is still more work to do. Applications for unemployment in Ohio have jumped from 6,500 last week to more than 70,000 in the first two days of this week alone. We must provide resources so that families and businesses across the country can stay afloat during this crisis so that we can get our economy back to full strength as soon as the crisis is over. This is especially true for individuals that have been laid off or have seen hours cut, and businesses that have had to close their doors due to the crisis. I am working with my colleagues to help provide much broader relief to the affected individuals and businesses all across our country that will be included in the Phase 3 package the Senate is working to put together. The Senate must stay in session until we pass another robust economic package to help workers, families, and our economy.”