Rep. Omar Shares Update on Coronavirus Response

March 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Omar today shared updates on her office’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including legislation she introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, coordination with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s office, internal office policies, and constituent services during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
“Responding to coronavirus is the top priority for me and my staff right now.  We are continuing to monitor the situation in our district, state, and across the nation, working to provide our constituents with the most up to date information as we learn more,” Omar said. “Right now, we in the House are working to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – a major bill that authorizes free coronavirus testing, paid emergency medical leave, extended unemployment insurance, food assistance, and help for health care workers. It also includes the MEALS Act, a bill I authored to ensure that children whose school is cancelled due to the coronavirus can continue to receive meals. I hope the Senate and President will take action on this legislation as soon as possible. The health and safety of our constituents hangs in the balance.”
 
Details and additional updates below:

  • This week, Rep. Omar authored a bill, the MEALS Act to ensure that children whose school is cancelled due to the coronavirus can continue to receive meals. Thanks to our team’s hard work, the bill was included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and is expected to pass the House today. This is a major accomplishment for kids in Minnesota and across the country.
  • This afternoon, Rep. Omar and the Minnesota Congressional delegation held a call with Governor Tim Walz ahead of the emergency declaration in the state. Rep. Omar asked about measures to ensure that Minnesota’s prison and homeless population are cared for during the crisis.
  • Rep. Omar has set up a microsite for constituents to access. Last week, the Congresswoman sent a message to the whole district with these resources. Our office has also put any large public gatherings on hold, including this Friday’s scheduled labor town hall. 
  • Rep. Omar outlined her internal office plan of action to protect staff, constituents, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining high-caliber constituent services and legislative operations. Omar’s office policy includes transitioning to a telework operation in her Washington, DC and Minneapolis office starting today.