WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon House passage of the CARES Act:

“Coronavirus is the worst pandemic in a century. The American people need help now and the CARES Act delivers that much-needed help to families and businesses all across America. Help is now on the way for front-line health care workers. Smart, proven relief measures will be made immediately available for families and businesses of all sizes. Americans fighting for their lives against this virus shouldn’t have to simultaneously fight for their livelihoods.

“Lives are on the line and every minute counts. I am proud that the House ultimately came together in this historic moment to provide clarity and leadership in this time of uncertainty and suffering. Our nation is united in this fight against the silent enemy of COVID-19 — this quick, decisive action will equip us to defeat this virus and position our great nation in the weeks ahead to come back stronger than ever.”