STATEMENT: Scanlon Votes ‘Yes’ on CARES Act
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) voted in support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) which passed the U.S. Senate on March 25.
The CARES Act as passed contains legislation authored by Congresswoman Scanlon that provides vital labor protections for professionals who provide care to people with disabilities.
Congresswoman Scanlon released the following statement in support of this critical legislation:
“We have an obligation to respond to this unprecedented crisis by securing the necessary resources for individuals and families across the country.
“The final version of the CARES Act passed by the Senate is a dramatic improvement over the partisan slush fund Leader McConnell initially introduced. This is not a perfect bill. But it will deliver desperately needed resources directly to my constituents, establish strong oversight on big companies receiving taxpayer funded grants or loans, and help our health care workers get the protection they need on the front lines of this pandemic.
“This bill package also includes provisions from my bill H.R. 5443, The Isaiah Baker and Margie Harris Austin Act, which expands coverage for Direct Support Professionals who care for individuals with disabilities to be with them during hospital stays and rightly get paid for their work.
“I urge swift signature from the President.
“My faith in the American people has never shaken — we will get through this together.”