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Herrera Beutler Helps Secure Additional CDC Funding to Fight Novel Coronavirus in Washington

$11.48 million in CDC funding directed from emergency supplemental package signed into law last week

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Washington, March 11, 2020 | comments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that it is providing an additional $11.48 million to Washington state to support the response to the novel coronavirus. As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) helped secure the emergency package used to fund these response resources that will help reimburse activities such as the use of test kits, set up of quarantine units, and transportation of individuals to quarantine locations.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that it is providing an additional $11.48 million to Washington state to support the response to the novel coronavirus. As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) helped secure the emergency package used to fund these response resources that will help reimburse activities such as the use of test kits, set up of quarantine units, and transportation of individuals to quarantine locations. 

“With hundreds of cases in Washington state and a confirmed case in Clark County, it’s crucial we eliminate the testing backlog and strengthen quarantining efforts, which is why I’m glad to see the funding I helped put in place coming back to assist here in Southwest Washington,”  Herrera Beutler said. “I’ll keep doing everything I can to keep our families and community safe and healthy, and to get the coronavirus under control.”

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved $2.75 million in CDC funding to Washington state’s local and state jurisdictions in response to the novel coronavirus. The funding allocates $1.75 million for data management, lab equipment, supplies, shipping, infection control, and surge staffing, and $1 million to build upon existing influenza activities and surveillance systems in Washington state. This brings the total amount of CDC funding to assist state and local jurisdictions in the fight against the novel coronavirus to $14.23 million.

From her position on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler helped secure $7.8 billion for the emergency supplemental package that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week.

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