Rep. Horn Statement on CARES Act Passage in the House
House passes CARES Act by voice vote
WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act by voice vote. Congresswoman Horn, who is completing a two-week self-quarantine in Oklahoma City following contact with a House member who tested positive for COVID-19, releases the following statement:
“Oklahomans need relief now,” said Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5). “Though imperfect, today’s bipartisan deal focuses support and relief where it is most needed and takes immediate and necessary action to address the health and economic crisis we face. For families and individuals struggling to make ends meet, this bill provides historic relief through expanded unemployment benefits and direct payments to 125 million Americans. For health care workers on the front lines, the CARES Act makes an unprecedented investment in personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and infrastructure. For small businesses, this legislation begins to deliver the resources needed to stay afloat and retain their workforce. And for taxpayers this bill provides strong transparency, oversight, and accountability. We must continue to work in a bipartisan way to deliver targeted relief. We cannot allow partisan politics to derail our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all in this together.”
The CARES Act contains multiple provisions which Congresswoman Horn fought to include, among them are: immediate relief through grants and loans for small businesses, direct support for Tribal Nations, funding for mental health through Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs), and support for on-base military families, and help for local and municipal governments.
A fact sheet on the CARES Act, with information on funding streams for health care, business loans, infrastructure, direct payments, and more, is available here.