Davids Votes to Pass COVID Relief Package

December 21, 2020
Press Release
House Spending Bill also Includes Measures to Prevent Surprise Medical Billing Introduced by Davids

Representative Sharice Davids today voted to pass a coronavirus relief package after months of calling on congressional leaders to reach a bipartisan deal that would get aid to Kansas families, workers, small businesses and health care centers. The package passed the House along with an omnibus spending bill that included several other legislative priorities championed by Davids, including addressing surprise medical billing and flood prevention.

“For months, I have been pushing for congressional leaders to come together and reach a deal on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package – one that meets the scope of the crisis we’re facing and has the support needed to actually become law. Today, I was glad to vote for a package that, while far from perfect, will provide much-needed relief to our families, workers, small businesses and health care system in the face of immense hardship and uncertainty,” said Davids. 

The COVID relief legislation includes funding for testing and vaccines, support for small businesses, expanded unemployment benefits, and direct payments to Americans, among other programs. 

“As is the case with any compromise, this package did not include every measure I’d hoped for and championed. Most notably it lacked funding for state and local governments to avoid devastating cuts to our public schools, roads, fire and police departments, public health agencies and other services that we depend on. I’ll continue to fight for state and local funding in the upcoming Congress as well as strong oversight and transparency measures for the distribution of relief funds. I’m optimistic that with a new Administration we can finally deliver the assistance our communities need,” continued Davids.

The House also passed bipartisan legislation to address surprise medical billing, an issue that Davids has championed and even introduced her own bill to help prevent. A version of Davids’ bill was included in the final legislation.

“Especially in the middle of this devastating pandemic, the last thing Kansas families need is a medical bill they never saw coming. This bipartisan, bicameral bill will go a long way to protect patients from surprise medical billing and prevent this harmful practice. I was glad to work with my Republican and Democrat colleagues to get it done,” said Davids.

In addition to addressing surprise medical bills, the omnibus spending bill also included the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which Davids has long advocated for. The bill aims to strengthen vital water infrastructure and implement a proactive approach to flood management that will help protect Kansas communities from the dangers of flooding.