The House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 5523, an appropriation bill that contains more than $1 billion in federal funding dedicated to fighting COVID-19, some of which has been available since last December. This bill includes:

  • $300 million for health care recruitment, retention, and training
  • $150 million to expand testing in Michigan schools
  • $90 million to assist vaccine distribution
  • $50 million to establish early COVID treatment sites

House Democrats have been fighting for nearly a year to bring these taxpayer dollars home to Michigan and put them to work in our communities. Although this relief funding is long overdue, I am proud that we delivered this critical funding to keep Michiganders safe.