WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr released a statement following today’s vote:

“Today I voted to pass $7.8 billion in emergency funding to empower our federal agencies, state governments and communities nationwide to combat the COVID-19 virus, commonly known as Coronavirus. This package includes over $4 billion to vastly expand diagnostic tests, treatments for those afflicted and funding for vaccine development to stop this virus in its tracks.

“In addition, over $2 billion will be allocated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bolster their efforts to lead our nation’s response to COVID-19. Lastly, over $1 billion in funding will go to the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support their efforts to protect the nearly 9 million Americans who live abroad in diplomatic, humanitarian and other capacities.

“Furthermore, I encourage all of my constituents to continue good health practices for themselves and their families. The CDC recommends taking basic hygiene precautions similar to those used to prevent the spread of the flu and other seasonal illnesses. They include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

• Stay home when you are sick

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

“Without question, this vote will make Americans throughout our nation safer. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to strengthen our capabilities so that we can overcome this public health challenge.

“What we know about COVID-19 is constantly changing. Please visit the CDC website to get updated information.”