Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (3rd District of Ohio)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) conducted a conference call on the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Joining Beatty on the call were nearly twenty state and local agencies, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
“As the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, my main priority is the safety and well-being of my constituents,” Beatty said at the beginning of the call. “I am particularly focused on ensuring that hardworking Americans, students, veterans, seniors, and countless vulnerable families have the necessary support and access to resources to stay healthy—and the ability to recover personally and economically after this public health crisis is behind us.” She continued, “However, this is not only a federal issue, the effort to combat the Coronavirus is also a state, local, and neighborhood issue.”
Beatty highlighted her work in Congress to address the growing public health crisis during the call, including her support of the Emergency Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, H.R. 6074, a law that provides over $3 billion for research and development of a vaccine and innovative treatment options, $2.2 billion in funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, and $1 billion for the purchase of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Additionally, she talked about the House’s expected passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If enacted, the bill would guarantee free Coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, paid emergency leave, enhance unemployment insurance, strengthen food security initiatives, and increase federal funds for Medicaid.
Those on the call were also invited to ask questions, provide updates on their work, and coordinate with fellow participants. Main issues identified were: (1) the need for outreach and engagement on free Coronavirus healthcare-related services; (2) the ability for community food banks and community healthcare centers to continue to provide services; and (3) greater outreach and a ‘one-stop’ repository of helpful information and latest news on the Coronavirus.