U.S. Senators Cardin, Van Hollen discuss latest info on coronavirus in Maryland
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin held a press conference earlier this afternoon to discuss the latest information on the novel coronavirus. Recently, both Cardin and Van Hollen have urged the Trump administration to expand the availability of testing, increase options for telework, and support low-wage workers and small businesses severely affected by the measures put in place today. They also discussed a legislative package the Senate is expected to consider this week. Officials say that legislation would provide free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, and expanded unemployment insurance for those affected by the virus across the country.
“Time is of the essence. The Senate should take up this bill and immediately pass it and the immediately get to work on the other measures. There’s no reason to delay this bill. It’s essential that we get this implemented as soon as possible,” said Van Hollen (D-Maryland).
The legislative package that the Senate is expected to consider this week would also strengthen food security programs for children and seniors.