Scott Statement on House Passage of CARES Act

March 27, 2020
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House passed the Senate’s third economic stimulus package—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Today’s passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, takes important steps to provide workers access to income, maintain students’ access to education, and ensure access to health care for all Americans throughout this unprecedented crisis. After careful negotiations, this legislation includes more than $30 billion in emergency education funding, a dramatic expansion of unemployment insurance, and $200 billion for hospitals, health care workers, and health research.

 “The CARES Act will provide immediate relief to students, workers, and families across the country. But this is only a down payment on the support that our communities will need in the weeks and months ahead. Unfortunately, the CARES Act omitted key provisions that must be part of the next response package. We must strengthen safety protections for front line health care workers, expand paid sick leave and family and medical leave for tens of millions of workers, and provide relief to cash-strapped student borrowers.

“We cannot leave anyone behind as we confront this unprecedented public health crisis.  In the weeks ahead, I will continue working with all my colleagues in both chambers to pass legislation that provides our workers, students, and families with the full support and relief they need.”