COVID-19 Response & Recovery

The coronavirus global pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis. In the House, David has been at the forefront of our nation’s response and recovery efforts. From the start, Congressman Cicilline has focused on two key objectives, saving lives, and ensuring our families, workers, and small businesses have every possible resource to help get them through this crisis.

Cicilline helped lead efforts in the House to quickly pass bipartisan relief packages, providing vital federal funding for protective equipment, testing, contact tracing, and hospitals, as well as hundreds of billions of dollars in grants and forgivable loans for small businesses, dramatically expanded unemployment benefits, and direct cash payments for millions of Americans. These efforts brought billions of dollars in federal funding to Rhode Island to help the state and our cities and towns provide needed resources to first responders, aid to renters, homeowners, and small businesses, job opportunities for Rhode Island workers displaced by COVID, and more.

And while President Trump and Senate Republicans chose to pause on additional relief efforts, even as the effects of COVID continued to overwhelm our state and nation, David has never stopped fighting for Rhode Island. This unprecedented crisis requires an unprecedented federal response, and that’s why Cicilline and House Democrats continue pressing for passage of the Heroes Act. This additional relief package would deliver more than $5 billion in urgently needed funding to our state, cities, and towns, extend expanded unemployment benefits, provide hazard pay for frontline workers, strengthen aid for small businesses and nonprofits,  and ensure we have the needed resources for testing, tracing, and treatment so we can safely reopen our economy, schools, and communities.  

While David continues leading efforts in Washington to deliver COVID relief for Rhode Island, right here at home he’s hosted virtual town halls and meetings to make sure Rhode Islanders have all the information they need to access available resources, and has assisted more than one thousand constituents with their federal stimulus payments, small business support, unemployment compensation, housing aid, and more.

And, as David wrote in May of this year, once we defeat this pandemic, we need to commit to making serious structural changes to address how our country’s economic divide made this deadly disease even worse, and take whatever steps are necessary to make certain this never happens again.   

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