Congressional action to help families and stop COVID-19
- Call the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment (KDHE) for public health questions at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF).
- Join our email list for updates and more resources on COVID-19.
Republicans and Democrats have to work together to respond to this crisis. People's lives and livelihoods are at stake and people are depending on us for action.
I've been glad to support several pieces of bipartisan legislation to help support vaccine development and distribution, increase access to testing, produce more personal protective equipment, and more so we can get this virus under control. But we also have to help families and small busineses stay afloat as we work to control the virus. That's why I've also supported emergency unemployment insurance, direct payments to families, and the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program to help businesses that are struggling.
Given the scale of this crisis, it's clear that we have a lot more to do to save lives and livelihoods, and I will keep pushing for action. You can learn more about the legislation I am supporting here.
New: Bipartisan relief bill passed in December 2020
On December 21st, 2020, I voted for a new bipartisan coronavirus relief bill. This bill passed the House and Senate with broad support and will soon be signed into law. While it's far from perfect, it'll provide much needed relief for folks who are facing immense hardship and uncertainty right now.
As the new law is implemented, we'll keep updating our Coronavirus Resource Center with more information as it becomes available so folks can learn how to get help. For now, here is how you can learn more about the new law. You can also click here to explore resources that are available to you now.
- Click here for a one page fact sheet (House Appropriations Committee staff)
- Click here for a more in-depth section-by-section summary of the bill (House Appropriations Committee staff)
- Click here to read my full statement on the bill.
Additional Emergency relief legislation
In addition to the bipartisan bill my colleagues and I passed in December 2020, I’ve voted for additional bipartisan emergency relief legislation, which is now law.
These measures include:
- Funds to expand free testing, which we must do as rapidly as possible.
- More resources for vaccine development.
- Funding for hospitals and health care workers so they can have more personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.
- Economic impact payments for workers and families to help people stay afloat during the crisis.
- Emergency unemployment insurance for people who have lost work.
- Relief for small businesses to help them stay afloat.
- Expanded paid sick leave for folks who are out of work.
- Strengthened food assistance programs.
- Support for Medicaid to fortify our health care system.
You can learn more about some of this legislation here:
These are all crucial steps that we have to take to address this health and economic emergency. But given the enormous scale of this crisis, I know we can’t stop here.
As we continue this important work it’s very important to me to hear from you so I can best advocate for our community’s needs. Please take my survey to share your thoughts by clicking here.
Serving you remotely:
Our offices in Washington, D.C., Overland Park, and Kansas City have transitioned fully to tele-work until further notice to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While our offices’ physical locations will be closed, we will still provide a continuity of services for Kansans, including:
- Receiving and responding to telephone calls. If you need to speak to a member of our team, call:
- Washington, D.C. - (202) 225-2865
- Kansas City, Kansas - (913) 766-3993
- Overland Park - (913) 621-0832
- Washington, D.C. - (202) 225-2865
- Helping you navigate the federal government: If you are having issues such as stalled tax refunds or difficulty accessing Veteran’s benefits, we may be able to help.
- Responding to your concerns: The best way to contact our office is via phone or email.
- Scheduling and taking meetings: Please note, as long as our teleworking policy is in place, we will conduct meetings via phone or video conference rather than in person.
Answering your COVID-19 questions: Call with your Congresswoman
I've held six Calls with your Congresswoman so far to give our district an update on the coronavirus and to answer your questions.
If you haven't been able to join any of our calls so far, you can:
- Join our call list to participate in future calls. We’re hoping to do more going forward to answer questions and connect people with resources.
- Share your thoughts with me by taking my survey.
- Contact my office to share your views or ask a question.
- Listen to a couple of our calls below.
- April 1st, 2020, Call with your Congresswoman: My guest was Dr. Allen Greiner, the Medical Director and Public Health Officer for Wyandotte County.
- March 12th, 2020, Call with your Congresswoman: Dr. Kim Schrier, my congressional colleague from Washington state and a pediatrician for 20 years, was my guest. Click below to listen.