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Committee Democrats At Work: Rep. Gottheimer Introduces Bill to Strengthen National Pandemic Planning

Washington, DC, March 27, 2020

As the nation endures the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Committee Democrats led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, have released the Financial Protections and Assistance for America’s Consumers, States, Businesses, and Vulnerable Populations Act (H.R. 6321), legislation to provide a comprehensive stimulus and public policy response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This legislation executes the comprehensive plan released by Chairwoman Waters and Committee Democrats last week.

H.R. 6321 includes legislation from Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) to update the 2017 “Pandemic Influenza Plan” and the National Planning Frameworks to add the requirement that preparedness and recovery planning include a pre-crisis menu of options focused on economic, monetary, and consumer financial issues.

Representative Gottheimer’s bill and numerous other provisions from H.R. 6321 are part of the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, House Democrats’ phase three coronavirus response bill that injects more than $2.5 trillion into the American economy. Chairwoman Waters is a cosponsor of the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act. She and Financial Services Committee Members are continuing their efforts to ensure their critical legislation is included in the ongoing legislative response to the coronavirus crisis.

See below for what Congressman Gottheimer had to say about his critical legislation and click here for additional details on the entire legislative package released by Chairwoman Waters and Committee Democrats in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Right now, we are seeing how a major public health crisis is impacting every part of our country — from workers, to businesses of all sizes in every sector, and to resources our local communities need to survive,” said Representative Gottheimer. “Moving forward, and to be able to learn from what's taking place right now, we need to have comprehensive studies on the best, most fiscally-responsible courses of action to better protect our hardworking families, our business community, and our nation's economy."

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