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Pallone Announces New Jersey will Receive More Than $613 Million for COVID-19 Testing

May 13, 2020
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive more than $613 million to expand coronavirus testing in the state. The funding was established in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that Pallone helped craft in April and was signed into law. It included $25 billion House Democrats successfully fought for to increase testing.

“We cannot successfully defeat this virus and safely reopen our economy without increased testing for COVID-19. This funding will help New Jersey increase testing capacity as we work together to lower transmission rates,” Congressman Pallone said. “I will continue to push the Trump Administration to develop a national testing strategy. House Democrats introduced The Heroes Act just yesterday that requires the Trump Administration to finally develop comprehensive plans for robust testing and contact tracing and provides the funding necessary to implement it. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure New Jersey has the resources we need in order to ease social distancing and safely reopen the economy.”

The Heroes Act strengthens comprehensive testing and contact tracing by requiring an updated strategic testing plan with clear benchmarks and timelines. It also provides $75 billion in grants to public health departments and workforce agencies to support testing and contact tracing with special consideration for hotspots and populations experiencing disparities.

The Heroes Act is the fifth coronavirus stimulus bill Pallone has helped author. Four of the bills have been signed into law: the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act enacted on April 24; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18; and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6.