Collins Says Appropriations Committee Has Reached Agreement On Coronavirus Emergency Funding Measure

Mar 4, 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says an agreement has been reached on an emergency funding measure to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

A worker leaves the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Credit David Ryder / PBS Newshour

"We have agreed on an emergency supplemental to fight the coronavirus of $7.8 billion." 

Collins, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the bill provides a total of $7.8 billion, with $2.2 billion going to the CDC, $3.1billion to the public health service and with states getting at least $4 million.

“An important provision of the bill replenishes the $37 million the administration had moved out of the low income heating assistance program,” Collins says.

Later, Collins tweeted that the state would recieve at least $4.57 million.

The Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes Of Health, and the State Department will also get additional funding. She expects the bill to be sent to President Trump by the end of the week.

Updated 4:30 p.m. March 4, 2020