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Utah lawmakers vote in favor of federal coronavirus relief funding bill

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 22:22:19-04

Congressmen Ben McAdams and John Curtis both voted in favor of legislation to help those affected by the coronavirus.

McAdams’ office issued a statement, saying in part, “he voted for a targeted coronavirus response measure that establishes free COVID-19 testing, ensures workers receive paid sick leave, and provides important food access to children and families.”

Curtis’ office issued a similar statement, saying, "Today, the House passed the second emergency relief funding bill toward fighting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although there are parts that I do not fully agree with, I was glad to vote for a compromise for the ultimate benefit of the American people. Congress should send a clear message that a public health crisis is not to be dealt with only along party lines.”

The legislation would provide free testing for COVID-19. It would also offer sick pay for those who need to take time off to either self-quarantine or take care of a family member who contracts COVID-19, and provide tax credits for employers that provide paid leave because of the virus.