Congressman John Carter

Representing the 31st District of Texas

Carter Supports Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 16, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Representative John Carter (TX-31) voted in favor of the amended Families First Coronavirus Response Act, bipartisan legislation to help Americans navigate the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. This legislation is a culmination of bipartisan negotiations to ensure that the federal government continues to respond responsibly to COVID-19 and prioritizes funding for the most vulnerable populations.

“My only priority is to protect the health and safety of my constituents as we navigate this public health crisis,” Representative Carter said. “With one presumptive Coronavirus case in my district, I voted yes so that Central Texas schools, small businesses and employees have stability as they respond to the illness. With my vote, I wanted to make sure that low income parents would have access to nutritional assistance for their children if schools close, patients wouldn’t have to worry about the cost of diagnostic testing and Central Texans would be able to take leave from work if they’re ill. This bill provides reassurances to the American people so they can take the responsible steps to protect their health and the health of those around them, and I’m proud to support it.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

  • Provides free medically appropriate diagnostic testing for the Coronavirus
  • Increases access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Provides funding for nutritional assistance programs and food banks to help assist low-income families in the wake of school closures related to COVID-19
  • Provides $250 million for senior nutrition programs, including home-delivered meals and meals at senior centers
  • Maintains Hyde Amendment provisions

Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world. He serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Army Caucus and Ranking Member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations.


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