WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives today passed additional funding to support small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing sites. This vote comes after Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18), for several weeks, has been calling on Speaker Pelosi to bring the House of Representatives permanently back into session to do the work that is necessary to help the American people. Rep. Mast issued the following statement after the vote:

“The House of Representatives was finally in session today to pass small business funding, more PPE distribution and increased testing. This is absolutely critical and a much needed lifeline for small businesses and hospital workers. But this should have happened much sooner. Instead of working with the urgency that this crisis deserves, Congress played political games for weeks, which cost countless jobs and an immeasurable number of businesses undoubtedly closed as a result. There are still improvements that need to be made to the federal government’s response, so all 435 Members of the House of Representatives should be working around the clock on this instead of burying their heads in the sand for another several weeks or more. Congress needs to skip the partisan gridlock and do our jobs!”

The bill has already passed the United States Senate so it will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.