Emergency Action Needed: Families First Coronavirus Response Act



Call your Senators TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to quickly pass H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


  • March 18, 2020: HR 6210 was signed into law. Last night President Trump signed into law the Families First Corona Virus Response Act, which we’ve been encouraging everyone to advocate quick passage of. The bill contains  additional funding and programming changes for government nutrition programs, including SNAP, WIC, Summer Feeding, Senior Nutrition and more, that are designed to ensure more people can be served and are served safely during the pandemic. It also includes provisions for free testing, unemployment benefits, paid sick/family leave and more. Read more here
  • March 16, 2020: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, will require another vote in the House on purely technical issues. The vote is expected in the House on March 16 under unanimous consent, which does not require all Members on the Floor to vote. The bill will then immediately be sent over to the Senate for action.
  • March 14, 2020: The White House and Speaker Pelosi announced agreement on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201, which passed the House last night by a vote of 363 to 40. Now the Senate must act!

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the nation, the House is poised to take a very positive step in responding to the needs of households, especially low-income and vulnerable individuals and families. This is a public health and economic crisis that requires swift action.

Act Today! Call your Senators TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to quickly pass H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act. All Senators need to hear from their constituents that we need these protections NOW to take a critically important first step toward addressing this public health and economic crisis. Families and workers across the country need access to vital programs and basic needs. The bill protects people most in need, and so protects all of us.

Background: H.R. 6201 is expected to pass the House shortly (as soon as today). The bill contains important provisions to give families and children a measure of economic security by providing some critically important resources to help put food on the table and stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency. The bill also provides paid leave, protects public health workers, and establishes free testing for COVID-19. This is a promising first step toward ensuring that low-income and vulnerable people are not disproportionately impacted by this public health crisis.

Check out FRAC’s new page, Preparing for the Impacts of the Coronavirus on Health, Well-being, and Food Security, which provides up-to-date information on legislation, bill summaries, policies, and other important news to help you in your advocacy in Washington, DC and back home.

FRAC will continue to update our coronavirus page and work with Congress, USDA, and advocates across the country to mitigate the effects of this crisis and ensure the health, well-being, and food security of all households.

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