Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019

Floor Speech

Date: April 3, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. McKINLEY. Mr. Speaker, in times of crisis the American people look to their elected officials to step up and work together to do what is best for the country. The CARES Act is an unprecedented response to a public health and economic emergency unlike any we've seen before.

Americans are facing something many of them have never encountered before. The coronavirus is threatening the health of their loved ones as well as their financial livelihoods. Leaving them feeling worried and scared. This bill will give the health care professionals and researchers on the front lines the resources they need to fight the virus and ultimately develop a vaccine and cure. It will help individuals feeling financial hardship by providing economic assistance and expanding unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs. It will help small businesses stay alive and maintain payroll during this period of distress. It will ensure children receive the nutrition they need while schools are closed.

Now is a time for all Americans to pull together to help fight this invisible enemy. This is the third time Congress has acted in response to this crisis. More action will likely be needed, but this legislation represents an important step to give Americans confidence that the government can meet this public health and economic challenge.