Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a bipartisan measure in response to the recent uptick in confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.
LaMalfa said: "There are nearly 2,000 Americans now confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, and thanks to the leadership of President Trump, our health system will have the resources necessary to test more people, and ensure they are safely isolated. At the exact same time, Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats used this crisis and its media circus to cram through a new paid leave program that will undoubtedly serve as a pilot for Democrats' future plans to massively expand the American government. I am unhappy with how this bill came together and its open-endedness on cost. But, I also see the virus as open-ended with expensive effects on the health of our economy and our families. We cannot let it run rampant in expansion of infection. Our efforts last week and this week, I pray, will flatten the growth curve of the virus and head-off debilitating our economy. We were able to scale back or eliminate the wish list of non-related policies Democrats wanted in the original bill draft. I supported this bill to help Americans who need assistance while they isolate themselves and recover. It will bring more structure and target the needs of those who may become infected, and the needs of our businesses to survive and later thrive once we are through this in a few weeks. A finite term for provisions in the bill, plus what it means for those most vulnerable in our area, gave me the impetus to support it. Americans need certainty - not far flung policies at this very critical time - and that should be this chamber's only priority."