Coronavirus Resource Page
[Last Updated: April 24, 2020]
My top priority is to ensure that all Marylanders and our health care providers have the information and resources they need to protect themselves from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is an unprecedented medical and economic crisis affecting virtually every American. Together, we will overcome this, and getting federal resources to Maryland will help.
That's why I've worked to pass three COVID-19 emergency funding packages in Congress. You can learn more about each here and how they may help you, your family, your community, and your business.
The Phase 1 package was an $8.3 billion package, which has provided Maryland with $10.2 million in funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help with response efforts.
The Phase 2 coronavirus relief bill expands free testing, provides more paid sick leave, enhances unemployment insurance, bolsters state Medicaid funding, and delivers additional food assistance.
The Phase 3 package provides a surge of support to overwhelmed hospitals and health centers, and throws an economic lifeline to those who need it most by significantly expanding unemployment insurance and extending desperately needed help to small and mid-sized businesses, and nonprofits struggling to stay afloat. It also channels badly needed resources to state and local governments who are battling to keep up with the demand for public services. That being said, this piece of legislation was far from perfect, and I remain disappointed that a number of important provisions were blocked by Senate Republicans. But at this moment of national emergency, this federal response is urgently needed to help America weather the storm, and we will keep fighting for additional measures.
The Phase 3.5 bill replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and grants programs. The bill sets aside funds to help main street and minority-owned businesses better access the funds. It also starts to address the inexcusable lack of COVID-19 testing by holding the Administration’s feet to the fire to increase our country’s testing capacity. And it includes additional funding for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to provide more resources for frontline health care providers. While this measure falls short on many fronts and is very much so an interim bill, it is a major improvement over the shortsighted proposal initially offered by Leader Mitch McConnell.
Below you'll find answers to common questions about the coronavirus outbreak and information about how to access federal resources. You can stay up to date on my efforts in the Senate here.