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E&C Republicans on The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act


Washington, D.C. – Strengthening the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and domestic health care supply chains, advancing telehealth and mental health, and combating the opioid crisis are just some of the provisions in a package introduced last week by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act would also improve our public health infrastructure and aid with COVID-19 testing and the distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

E&C Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) said, “This bill contains strong, bipartisan, and — most importantly — realistic measures we could pass today to help improve long-term preparedness, as well as assist with ongoing efforts to ramp up testing capacity and prepare for vaccine distribution.”

As House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “This legislation will further unleash American innovation while also fixing broken aspects in the delivery of our health care.”

The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act combines more than 50 E&C bills as well as provisions from the Committees on Ways and Means and Appropriations.

Here’s what E&C Republicans are saying about The Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act and learn more about the bill’s introduction in the Daily Caller story below.

Hudson tweeted how this bill will help us respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and put the country in a better position for future public health emergencies.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) listed several bipartisan bills he sponsored, including the Block, Report, and Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act to help fight the opioid epidemic by making it a law that suspicious orders of drugs, including opioids, must be stopped and reported.

Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX), top Republican of the Health Subcommittee, highlighted how provisions he supports in the package would help Americans during these unprecedented times, such as mental health and vaccine education.

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) shared that he is proud that his bill, The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act, is part of the package, saying his legislation “…creates jobs and provides tax incentives to companies that train their employees in healthy workplace practices.”

Daily Caller
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans To Introduce $47 Billion Coronavirus Relief Bill
By Henry Rodgers
October 30, 2020

A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives will introduce a $47 billion coronavirus relief bill Friday morning. There have been months of stalled negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on a stimulus package.

The bill, titled the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act, was first obtained by the Daily Caller and is said to be introduced around 10 a.m. (EST) Friday morning. Of the $47 billion, $31 billion would go to vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, surge capacity, and telehealth. The remaining $16 billion would go to additional testing and tracing.

The legislation will be introduced by Republican North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson. The original cosponsors will be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, Republican Oregon Rep. Greg Walden and Republican Texas Rep. Kay Granger.

Click HERE to read the article.


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