Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passed the Senate by a 90-8 Vote

On March 18, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a vote of 90-8.

  • The Senate did not make any further changes to the House-passed bill, meaning it will be sent to President Trump for his signature
  • The bill (including “technical corrections”) previously passed by the House will institute free coronavirus testing, establish paid leave policies, enhance Unemployment Insurance, expand food security initiatives, and increase federal Medicaid funding
  • A House Appropriations Committee summary is here and a backgrounder on the new paid leave provisions is here
  • Congressional passage of this second coronavirus response measures follows an initial $8.3 billion package enacted earlier this month (see yesterday’s update for more information)