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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Government Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Federal Response

*Negotiations in Congress Over Subsequent Response Measures are Ongoing; Check back for updates* 

The House of Representatives passed an $8.3 billion bipartisan emergency spending measure to fund the federal government's response to the coronavirus and to assist state and local governments.

The response package:

  • Commits more than $3 billion to the development of treatments and a vaccine available to all, and protects against price-gouging of medicines developmed with taxpayer dollars
  • Provides $2.2 billion in prevention, preparedness and response measures, including a nearly billion dollars to help state, local, tribal and territorial health systems
  • Helps families by extending telemedicine services regardless of where they live and supports small businesses, with billions in low-interest SBA loans to those affected.

The House of Represenatives took the next step with the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which takes science-based measures to ensure the safety and well-being of families. This legislation secures: 

  • Families' Health Safety: this legislation ensures free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. This legislation also increases funding for Medicaid to support local, state, tribal and territorial health systems, so that they have the resources needed to combat this public health emergency. 
  • Families' Economic Securitythe bill provides paid sick leave, medical family and emergency leave for eligible workers and enhances Unemployment Insurance. It also supports small businesses by reimbursing them for providing leave. 
  • Families' Food Security: the legislation strengthens nutrition initiatives including SNAP, student meals, seniors' meals and food banks. 

On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law to aid families and workers. The legislation: 

  • Combats the Virus: $200 billion allocated towards investing in hospitals, health systems and health research; $150 billion for state and local governments
  • Aid for Workers: $260 billion investment in unemployment insruance benefits to match the average paycheck of laid-off or furloughed workers; 13 weeks of additional federally-funded benefits 
  • Help for Small Business: $377 billion infusion of relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19; $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants of up to $10,000 and making payroll costs, rent, mortgage interest and utility costs eligible for SBA loan forgiveness

A comprehensive toolkit for how the CARES Act benefits communities is available in both English and Spanish


On April 23rd, Congress passed an interim funding package to support small businesses, health care providers and testing. This legislation provides: 

  • For Small Businesses: appropriating an additional $310 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program
  • For Hospitals and Health care workers: $75 billion in resources, including Personal Protective Equipment

  • For All Americans: $25 billion for testing

*Negotiations in Congress Over Subsequent Response Measures are Ongoing; Check back for updates* 


State Response

On March 19 at 11:59 PM, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Stay at Home Order for all California. Everyone is required to stay at home except for essential activities such as food purchases, care for a relative or friend, obtain necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, please practice proper social distancing.

To view Governor Newsom's Stay at Home Order order, click here

To watch Governor Newsom's announcement of the Stay at Home Order, click here

For the latest updates from the Governor's office, click here



Local Response

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a "Safer at Home" emergency order, calling on residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks. 

To view the "Safer at Home" order, click here

For Frequently asked questions about the order, click here

For updates from Mayor Garcetti's office, click here