Texas Border Business
McAllen, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $229,314 in Coronavirus (COVID-19) supplemental funding for Nuestra Clinica Del Valle. These funds are part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which was Congress’ first response to COVID-19, enacted on March 6, 2020.
“I hope these federal funds will continue to be disseminated quickly,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “Community health centers are on the front lines of the pandemic and their staff and infrastructure are being strained beyond capacity. This funding is a vital step in supporting health care professionals as they continue to work through this crisis. I will continue to do everything within my reach to ensure that South Texans have the resources they need during this time.”
The first COVID-19 response package provided $8.3 billion in supplemental grants and expanded telemedicine services to community health centers for the development of treatments and prevention, preparedness, and response measures.
Congress passed a second package, which was enacted on March 18, that ensures free coronavirus testing, increases support for Medicaid, provides for two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave, enhances unemployment insurance, and strengthens nutrition initiatives including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
A third package, aimed at stimulating the country’s economy, passed the Senate early Thursday, March 25, 2020, by a vote of 96 to 0. The third package now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.