Pingree Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Bill
Washington, March 27, 2020
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the below statement following the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress’ third legislative response to the U.S. outbreak of COVID-19:
“Today, the House passed the CARES Act, which will provide much-needed relief for Maine families from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m proud that this legislation prioritizes the health and financial well-being of Mainers and the nation. As a result of important bipartisan negotiations, the CARES Act will provide major support to our state, including through expanded Unemployment Insurance, direct cash payments, grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofits, and funding for health care providers on the front lines of this crisis. The bill also includes strong oversight for large corporations receiving federal relief funding.
“The resources provided in this bill are critical – but there’s more work to be done to support people through this crisis. I’ll be working with my colleagues to deliver additional help to those who will need it. I’m also committed to serving as a resource for my constituents during this time of uncertainty. My staff and I remain available to answer any questions you may have."
Pingree has been active in coronavirus response efforts in Congress and in Maine. She has pushed federal leaders to support economic lifelines for small businesses in Maine, clarity from USDA around school meal services amid COVID-19, support for the local food economy, and consideration of the arts economy during coronavirus-related closures, to name a few examples. An overview of Pingree’s work in response to the coronavirus can be found at pingree.house.gov/coronavirus.