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Rep. Murphy Floor Speech for the Record, Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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Washington, March 13, 2020 | comments

I rise in support of this bill to combat coronavirus, which threatens our health and economic security. 

In a pandemic, there is no place for partisan politics.  We must unite to confront this challenge.  We need calm, competent leaders who care only about protecting our country.

This bill gives Americans access to coronavirus testing at no cost.  We must ensure there are enough test kits and labs to analyze the results.

The bill also includes the core of my bipartisan bill to provide emergency paid leave for workers affected by coronavirus. 

This includes workers who are quarantined or must care for a child whose school has closed due to coronavirus.

Unless we pass this provision, workers face a terrible choice. 

If they stay home, they cannot support their families.  If they go to work, they could infect others.

This measure will help stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives. 

I urge bipartisan support for this bill.

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