Coronavirus Resource Page
My top priority is to ensure that Marylanders have all the resources they need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and are protected from the economic hardship resulting from it. This is an unprecedented public health and economic crisis that affects every citizen. I will keep fighting to make sure that the American people get the relief they need.
Since the pandemic hit hard in March, I’ve worked to pass three major COVID-19 emergency relief funding packages in Congress. The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act became law on March 6th, followed by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18th. This bipartisan legislation bolstered our public health infrastructure, provided critical food assistance, and supported state unemployment insurance systems—among other key provisions.
The bipartisan CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27th, built on that foundation by improving our public health response and testing capacity, supplying unemployment and eviction protections to those hardest hit, and providing businesses with targeted small loan and grant funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The relief we secured through CARES was reinforced by an additional interim bill that funded frontline health care providers and made key fixes to the PPP.
There is still more work to be done in making sure Americans get the emergency relief they need, especially as critical provisions from the CARES Act begin to expire and funding begins to run out. In May, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, which would have improved and extended provisions established in CARES and provided essential new funding. But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked this bill from receiving a vote on the Senate floor and the White House has failed to strike a new relief deal with the House of Representatives.
The HEROES Act passed the House over five months ago, but the Senate GOP refuses to vote on this robust relief package to help Americans who are facing mounting bills. More recently, the House passed a revised version of the HEROES Act in an effort to reach a bipartisan compromise—Majority Leader McConnell rejected that proposal too.
And even though the Senate GOP has spent months killing any effort to pass additional relief, they’ve rushed to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice with the hopes of seeing the Affordable Care Act struck down, potentially stripping healthcare from millions of Americans. The GOP’s obsession with sabotaging the ACA at all costs and putting at risk protections for those with pre-existing conditions is particularly disgraceful during this pandemic. This assault on health care would knock down Marylanders just as they’re trying to get back on their feet.
It’s time for Republicans to come back to the negotiating table—in good faith—and work with the rest of Congress to pass real relief now. We have a responsibility to deliver on this for the American people—our schools, small businesses, frontline workers, and local governments are counting on us to act. I will do everything in my power to make sure we get this done.
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. Together, we will weather this storm.