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March 19, 2020

Congressman Trone Continues the Fight Against COVID-19: Supports Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Hosts Telephone Town Hall with Marylanders and Local Leaders, Helps Secure Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses

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Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov

Congressman Trone Continues the Fight Against COVID-19: Supports Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Hosts Telephone Town Hall with Marylanders and Local Leaders, Helps Secure Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) praised the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week and was signed into law by the President on Wednesday. Trone also announced that small businesses in the five counties in Maryland’s Sixth District — Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett — are now eligible for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration. Tonight, Trone will hold a town hall with families across Maryland’s Sixth District to discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and listen directly to concerns from members of the community about the COVID-19 outbreak.

“If you’re feeling sick, you should be able to stay home and take care of yourself while still being able to pay your mortgage and put food on the table,” said Congressman David Trone (MD-06). “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is about testing, testing, testing, and prioritizes the health and economic safety of families and small businesses across the country. 

“I am grateful that the Small Business Administration worked with Governor Hogan and the Maryland Congressional Delegation to approve disaster assistance for the small businesses that are hurting from this crisis. From mom and pop restaurants to barber shops, small businesses are in trouble and they need help now.

“I’ll continue to listen to what Marylanders need in order to make it through this unprecedented public health emergency.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act prioritizes the health, economic, and food security for American families. It allows for free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, provides 14 days of paid sick leave and enhances Unemployment Insurance, and strengthens programs including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ meals, and food banks.

This follows the $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which has already passed the House and was signed by the President. Yesterday, Trone announced that the state of Maryland would receive over $10 million in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that came directly from this supplemental package.

Tonight, Trone will host a Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with public health officials from Maryland’s Sixth District to discuss the legislation and identify additional support that federal, state, and local government can provide. The town hall starts at 7:00pm and can be joined by dialing 855-962-1079. Any member of the press who plans to attend should RSVP to Hannah Muldavin at Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. This week, Trone held a call with all public  health officials in all five counties to hear about what is happening on the ground and what resources they need in order to address the coronavirus. On Tuesday, he met with the Maryland Department of Health in order to coordinate support for Maryland’s efforts to rapidly respond to COVID-19. Trone’s website features best practices and information on how to find the best resources for COVID-19.

 

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