Hagedorn Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Combat Coronavirus

March 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today voted in favor of H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” a bipartisan solution to provide free coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and enhanced employment and health benefits as the nation responds to this pandemic. The legislation passed in the House by a wide margin and is expected to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump in the coming days.

“This bill is an important step toward protecting seniors, children, families and veterans against the spread of COVID-19. I will continue to keep in regular contact with federal health authorities and medical experts at Mayo Clinic to keep my constituents informed about access to COVID-19 testing and employment and health benefit resources available from federal and state agencies,” said Hagedorn.

Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Thursday it is awarding initial funding of $605 million to state and local jurisdictions to support the COVID-19 response. Minnesota has received an initial allocation of more than $10.5 million, which can be viewed here.

Congressman Hagedorn also issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s emergency declaration to address the coronavirus pandemic:

“President Trump did the right thing yesterday by dedicating $50 billion of emergency funds toward fighting coronavirus. I’m confident that the President, Vice President, and their team of health experts and private sector retailers will work cohesively to develop treatments, efficiently administer tests and keep the public informed.”

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.