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Rep. Waltz: Congress Must Act Quickly to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) called upon Congress to act swiftly to ensure states have sufficient resources to address the growing threat of coronavirus in the United States.

“As news reports indicate Florida has two confirmed cases of coronavirus – and possibly more on the way – it’s imperative Congress acts quickly to mitigate the spread of this disease,” Waltz said.

On Sunday, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida after confirming the state’s first two “presumptive” cases of COVID-19 in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially confirmed the cases Monday afternoon.

“I am grateful for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ leadership to declare a Public Health Emergency in Florida, which will free up resources to help combat this virus,” Waltz said. “I urge Speaker Pelosi not to inject partisan politics into this bill, especially now that Florida and other states are seeing the virus spread. Congress must work together to contain this threat, for the safety of our state and our country.”

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