Rep. Cisneros Speaks at Press Conference on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) spoke at a press conference on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ahead of the House vote on the bill. Rep. Cisneros had been hard at work with his Democratic and Republican colleagues and the Administration to reach a bipartisan deal on the coronavirus funding bill. This evening, President Donald Trump expressed his support of the bill. The press conference included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Representatives Susie Lee (NV-3), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7).


Below is a transcript of his remarks:

“Good evening, everyone. I’ve been talking to my school board members, schools are starting to close in my district as well. And they’re worried about, when these schools are closed, so many of these children -- one of my school districts has 70% of their students on free and reduced lunch. They’re worried about how they’re going to be able to feed them. This bill is going to allow us to be able to continue to do that. 

“I have been talking with parents, with the schools being closed, now they’re going to have to take time off of work so that they can be there with their families. This bill with paid family leave is going to allow them to do that, so they can continue to make sure that they’re able to support their families. 

“The testing is so important right now, that we get this done. And this bill is going to allow everybody to get a free test. Our vulnerable populations, whether they be children, senior citizens, our aging veteran population. This testing is really going to enable us to go out there and make sure that we know who’s out there and who may test positive. 

“This is a good bill, that’s really there to support the American people. I am very proud to be a part of this. I want to thank the speaker and the leader, as well as my colleagues in the House and the Administration for coming together to get this deal done. It really is going to be a great benefit for the people. It’s something that we need to keep working towards to make sure that we’re doing more.”

The Families First Coronavirus Act provides the following:

  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured;
  • Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;
  • Enhances Unemployment Insurance, a step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;
  • Strengthens nutrition security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks;
  • Increases federal funds for Medicaid to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems.