Coronavirus Resource Page
My top priority is to ensure that Marylanders have the resources they need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and are protected from the economic hardship resulting from it. Since March, I’ve helped pass five major bipartisan relief bills in Congress including the CARES Act and the recent $900 billion stimulus that was signed into law in December. These packages have helped Marylanders weather the storm of COVID-19 by bolstering our public health infrastructure and extending a lifeline to working families and small businesses wounded by the economic fallout. But there’s still more work to be done, and I won’t let up in this fight to beat the virus and build back our economy.
Starting on day one, the Biden-Harris Administration has acted with urgency to tackle this crisis head-on. President Biden has already signed a number of executive actions to extend the eviction moratorium, continue the pause on federal student loan payments, protect federal workers, prevent food insecurity, and get the economy moving. And I’m pleased that the White House is pursuing a whole-of-government approach to this pandemic, as outlined in the Administration’s national pandemic strategy. The plan makes full use of the Defense Production Act, confronts the child care crisis, prioritizes the safe reopening of schools, and commits to addressing the disparate impact of this pandemic on communities of color, among other vital priorities. And as I continue to urge Maryland officials to lay out a comprehensive and transparent plan to ensure equitable and accessible vaccine distribution, I’m encouraged to see the Biden-Harris Administration take important steps forward to procure additional vaccines, deliver more vaccines to states, and share more information with the public on these efforts.
I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to implement and build on the White House’s vision for a coordinated and comprehensive coronavirus response. As a nation, we must immediately ramp up our efforts to increase access to the vaccine, deliver more relief, and get our economy on the road to recovery. This crisis has upended every part of American life, and a new Congressional stimulus package is critical to supply more substantive support to those most in need. We’re working to ensure this package will extend unemployment benefits and provide both rental and food assistance, include larger direct payments to help millions of Maryland families get by, and shore up hard-hit small businesses. And this framework also includes funds to marshal resources for schools and childcare and close the digital divide. It’s time to move full-steam ahead with a package that goes big and meets the demands of this moment.
Below you'll find answers to common questions about the coronavirus outbreak and information about how to access federal resources. And you can stay up to date on my efforts in the Senate here. Together, we will weather this storm.