COVID-19 is changing how Americans go about their lives and the federal government is moving quickly and decisively to respond to this outbreak.
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- CDC Coronavirus Updates
- Operation Warp Speed (OWS) Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 United States Cases Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University
- COVID-19 Global Cases Courtesy of Johns Hopkins University
- HHS COVID-19 Awards By State
- CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Information
- Providers who received payment from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
- Information for State and Local Governments Courtesy the U.S. Treasury Department
- Information for Small Businesses Courtesy the U.S. Treasury Department
- FAQ’s on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Courtesy the U.S. Treasury Department
- Small Business Guide Courtesy of the House Small Business Committee
- FAQ’s on CARES Rebate Checks Courtesy of the House Ways & Means Committee
Second Wave Project
E&C Republicans, led by full committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY), have been working over the last several months to develop recommendations to address a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections in the United States. The results of this effort will be released in a series of working documents over the coming months.
- Introductory Letter and Summary
- Part 1: Testing and Surveillance – Full Report | One-Page Summary
- Part 2: Vaccines and Therapeutics – Full Report | Summary
- Part 3: Health Care Supply Chain – Full Report | Summary
In The News
Fox Business – Varney & Co.
E&C Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), joined “Varney & Co.” on Fox Business to further discuss the response to COVID-19 and efforts to reopen the U.S. economy.
The Hugh Hewitt Show
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss Congress’ efforts to respond to the COVID-10 pandemic.
POLITICO – Huddle Virtual Briefing
Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined POLITICO Huddle’s Melanie Zanona for a Virtual Briefing to discuss COVID-19 response efforts.
MSNBC – Katy Tur
Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) went on MSNBC to answer questions from Katy Tur on ending surprise medical billing, a practice Walden calls a “rip-off” that “needs to end.”
CBS News – The Takeout Podcast with Major Garrett
“Pandemics shouldn’t be partisan. Fixing the problem shouldn’t be partisan. We just need to get it right for the American people.”
Fox Business – Varney & Co.
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined Stuart Varney on Varney & Co. to discuss Congressional efforts to support American workers, small businesses, and oil producers during COVID-19.
The Erick Erickson Show
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined The Erick Erickson Show to discuss government’s response to COVID-19 with host Erick Erickson.
“For our health care workers, not only do we invest in more protective equipment and the medicines that they will need, but we are making a huge investment to try and find a vaccine and a cure; including allowing medical innovators to access America’s – the world’s – fastest computers through our National Labs. They’re already pushing this virus strain against known medicines to see if maybe there’s something on the shelf that would work.”
CSPAN – Newsmakers
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined Kevin Cirilli on Bloomberg TV to talk about how Congress is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
FOX Business – Mornings with Maria
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined Mornings with Maria with Maria Bartiromo along with Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) to discuss the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Congress’ efforts to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hugh Hewitt Show
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined the Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss the CARES Act. You can listen to the full interview here.
“Americans are coming together – from sewing circles in my community making masks because we didn’t have enough. I talked to one of my county commissioners using the juvenile department to make the face masks for a hospital, plastic ones. I mean people are coming together. President Trump and his team have done an amazing job freeing up long overdue regulations that needed to be loosened, protecting public safety along the way but expediting the ability for ingenuity and innovation in America to do what we do best. That’s address a crisis, find a solution, and get to the other side.”
CNN – New Day
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined New Day on CNN to discuss the latest developments with coronavirus.
Fox News – Bill Hemmer Reports
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) joined “Bill Hemmer Reports” to share updates on the coronavirus and recommendations to mitigate the spread of the virus.
In the District
From designing surgical masks to making hand sanitizer, Americans are lending helping hands during the coronavirus outbreak to support heath care workers on the front lines and families protecting themselves and their loved ones. Energy and Commerce Republicans have amazing stories of people in their districts and states that exemplify what it means to step up during COVID-19.
- Part 1: E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak
- Part 2: E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak
- Part 3: E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak
- Part 4: E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak
Member Video Series
E&C Republican Leaders highlight how the committee and the federal government are responding to COVID-19
E&C GOP Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) highlights how #AmericaWorksTogether and how you can learn more by visiting gop.gov/america-works-together
Consumer Protection & Commerce Subcommittee GOP Leader Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) shares how E&C and the Federal Trade Commission are working to protect consumers from scammers during COVID-19
With illegal robocallers back at it again during COVID-19, Communications & Technology Subcommittee GOP Leader Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) shares how E&C and the Federal Communications Commission are working to put an end to illegal robocalls
Our nation’s public health professionals need all the support they can get during COVID-19, Health Subcommittee GOP Leader Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) explains how the CARES Act included an important provision to help stand up the Ready Reserve of the United States Public Health Service
Bad actors have attempted to send fake COVID-19 testing kits into our country but the Food and Drug Administration, doesn’t currently have authority to destroy these tests when they arrive. It makes no sense. Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee GOP Leader Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) explains how bipartisan Safeguarding Therapeutics Act would solve the problem
The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act
The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on October 30, 2020. This package contains more than 50 bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee bills, in addition to provisions from the Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees, to address immediate needs on testing and vaccine distribution while also building off lessons learned during the pandemic to ensure future preparedness.
- Section by section courtesy of House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Appropriations
Of the items included under Energy and Commerce’s jurisdiction, H.R. 14:
- Builds on the work done by the administration to strengthen our Strategic National Stockpile so we can better respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies;
- Ensures Americans, especially seniors, can access the care they need – whether it be mental health or telehealth services;
- Strengthens critical domestic health care supply chains;
- Improves public health infrastructure;
- Addresses COVID-19 health disparities; and
- Doubles down on our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic and substance abuse disorder crises.
Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provides a fourth installment of funds to continue to address the impact of COVID-19 on the American people. The bill provides new funding for small businesses, health care providers, and expanded testing.
- One-Pager Courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee
- Summary of the Paycheck Protection Program Provisions Courtesy of the Senate Majority Leader
- Summary of Hospital and Testing Funding Provisions Courtesy of the Senate Majority Leader
Phase III – H.R. 748
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. The CARES Act represents the third phase in the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency relief package provides tax rebates, expanded unemployment benefits, and numerous tax-relief provisions aimed at shoring up individual, family, and business finances, among other provisions.
- Highlights and Summary of Provisions under E&C Jurisdiction
- Section by Section Courtesy of the Senate Majority Leader
- Additional Background Courtesy of the Senate Majority Leader
- Frequently Asked Questions Courtesy of House Majority Leader McCarthy
- One-Pager Courtesy of House GOP Conference
- Statement from E&C GOP Leader Greg Walden
Phase II – H.R. 6201
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. The bill represents the second phase in the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides an additional $2.5 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the U.S. response to coronavirus, ensures free tests for COVID-19, provides emergency paid leave for workers who become sick, or have to care for a loved one who falls ill, food assistance for the needy, strengthens unemployment insurance, and provides, assistance, support and flexibility for small businesses.
- Key Facts Courtesy of House Ways & Means Committee
- Summary Courtesy of House GOP Conference
- Summary Courtesy of House Appropriations Committee
- Summary Courtesy of House Ways & Means Committee
- What Small Businesses Need to Know Courtesy of House Small Business Committee
Of the items included under Energy and Commerce’s jurisdiction:
- $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of COVID-19 testing, including $142 million to eliminate copay requirements for servicemembers and veterans.
- $1 billion into the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for the National Disaster Medical System to pay provider claims for health services consisting of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 related items and services for uninsured individuals.
- $64 million to the Indian Health Service (IHS) for health services consisting of SARS–CoV–2 or COVID–19 related items and services.
- $250 million to the Administration for Community Living for activities authorized under the Older Americans Act, consisting of Home-Delivered Nutrition Services, Congregate Nutrition Services, and Nutrition Services for Native Americans.
- Ensures coverage of testing for COVID-19 by requiring all commercial insurance to cover diagnosis of COVID-19 with no cost-sharing, including the administration of tests and office visits, urgent care center visits, and emergency room (ER) visits related to testing for COVID-19 (Section 6001)
- Waives cost sharing for seniors under the Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage Program relating to testing for COVID-19 (Sections 6002-6003)
- Ensures coverage of COVID-19 testing under Medicaid and CHIP at no cost-sharing (Section 6004)
- Codifies HHS administrative action to provide temporary liability protections for approved personal respiratory devices under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, to help increase the supply of respirators (Section 6005)
- Provides coverage of testing for COVID-19 for Indian Health Service (IHS) at no cost sharing (Section 6007)
- Provides states with increased Medicaid Funding for all medical services for the duration of the public health emergency (Section 6008)
- Provides U.S. territories with increased Medicaid funding for all medical services for the next two fiscal years (Section 6009)
- Makes technical improvements to Medicare telehealth authority to make it easier to waive current prohibitions surrounding telehealth during the current public health emergency (Section 6010)
Phase I – H.R. 6074
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
On March 6, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act into law. The bill represents the first phase of the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides $8.3 billion to increase the availability of tests, support public and private efforts toward developing a vaccine, purchasing essential equipment and supplies, and assisting state and local health departments.
- Summary Courtesy of House Appropriations Committee
Of the items included under Energy and Commerce’s jurisdiction:
- More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available; to support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus; and to invest in vaccine development and to procure vaccines when they are available. Additionally, funds were made available to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect the integrity of medical products manufactured overseas and identify and prevent potential shortages.
- $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a robust response, including nearly $1 billion exclusively for state and local response efforts; and $300 million for CDC’s Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund.
- The package also includes a bipartisan provision championed by E&C Republican Leader Walden to improve the use of telehealth during this public health emergency, allowing more patients to get the care they need at home to avoid potentially overcrowded health care facilities especially in rural areas.
Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act
On June 24, 2019, President Trump signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA) into law, which modernized the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, or PAHPA. This law sets up the framework to deal precisely with this type of an outbreak.
- Reauthorizes our nation’s public health preparedness and response programs.
- Bolsters the nation’s health security strategy, strengthens the country’s emergency response workforce, helps coordinate multiple health entities, and accelerates the advanced research, development, and federal purchasing of medical countermeasures.
COVID-19 Response Timeline Courtesy the House Republican Whip
“House Republicans Have Worked to Combat the Coronavirus” Courtesy House GOP Conference
“A Month of Posturing” Courtesy House GOP Conference
Coronavirus Guidelines for Americans from the White House
Download Graphics and More from the White House Coronavirus Task Force