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Coronavirus Relief Bill

Your Voice is Needed Today!

Last week, the U.S. House passed The Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is coming up for a vote in the Senate soon. We are calling on United Way of Metropolitan Dallas advocates to call our Texas Senators John Cornyn (202-224-2934) and Ted Cruz (202-224-5922) to ask them to vote in favor of this bill to ensure relief is provided to the most vulnerable in our communities. 

The House bill included many provisions that will support families and communities that United Way of Metropolitan Dallas serves. Feel free to modify the script to highlight any of the provisions (see below) that are particularly important to you—and to our community.  

Here’s a script you can use when you call Senator John Cornyn (202-224-2934) and Senator Ted Cruz (202-224-5922): 

“Good afternoon. I am calling today, as a constituent of Senator [insert last name], to ask him to vote in favor of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act  to ensure relief for those that need it most. I appreciate your time.” 

UWMD’s mission and our belief in the power of unity are more important today than they have ever been. Thank you for joining us as we work together to navigate this public health crisis and advocate for those who need it most. 

key provisions in the families first coronavirus response act


Nutrition Supports: 

  • Additional funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to provide nutrition assistance to children and their mothers who have lost their jobs as a result of the outbreak. 
  • Waiver authority for the Department of Agriculture to allow flexibility for states in providing emergency food assistance and flexibility in how and where nutrition support is administered to accommodate for school, child care and adult care centers closing. 
  • Suspension of work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during the emergency. 
  • Supplemental funding for local food banks to meet the increased need in communities.


  • Free coronavirus testing for all Americans regardless of insurance. 
  • Coverage of a provider visit to receive testing for Americans enrolled in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 
  • Increased funding for public health programs including Medicaid and CHIP by increasing states’ federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) during the emergency. 

Unemployment and leave benefits:   

  • Immediate fully-paid sick leave for 14 days for those working for employers with under 500 employees when they are sick or two weeks of 2/3 pay to care for a family member. 
  • The ability to take up to three months of job-protected family and medical leave due to COVID-19 impacts. 
  • Emergency grants to states to meet the increased need for Unemployment Insurance benefits. 
  • Inclusion of nonprofits as an eligible employer to recoup costs related to emergency paid leave benefits. 


A summary of all provisions can be found




This article was published on: Mar 17, 2020