Governors’ Urge Swift Passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

March 4, 2020

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Minority Leader
United States Senate
U.S. Capitol Building, Room S-224
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy:

The nation’s governors applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passage of the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020” (H.R. 6074) and urge the U.S. Senate to take swift action and pass the emergency supplemental request, in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

As the nation’s governors, the health and well-being of our residents is our primary concern. States and localities are at the forefront of public health crises, and COVID-19 is no different. As the situation evolves, states are incurring escalating costs in assisting the federal response to COVID-19.  It is imperative that we have adequate resources and funding to respond to this rapidly developing public health emergency. Any appropriation must include the allocation of new federal funding for preventing and responding to COVID-19, backfill states for costs already incurred, and ensure that any monies transferred from existing programs be replenished.

Congress must assure states and territories that necessary resources will be provided to address the multitude of costs associated with a public health emergency. These include but are not limited to travel screening, isolation and quarantine related activities, transportation, lodging, increased staffing, National Guard personnel, testing and monitoring patients, public outreach, supplies, equipment, schools, and wrap-around services. States and territories are relying on federal dollars to support state public health efforts to prevent and reduce the impact of COVID-19. We appreciate the state-federal coordination on the response thus far and look forward to working with both the Administration and Congress as the nation tackles this public health threat.  


Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland
Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama
Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas
Governor Jared Polis, Colorado
Governor John Carney, Delaware
Governor David Ige, Hawaii
Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana
Governor John Bel Edwards Louisiana
Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts
Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota
Governor Steve Bullock, Montana
Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
Governor Ralph Torres, Northern Mariana Islands
Governor Kevin Stitt Oklahoma
Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania
Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee
Governor Phil Scott, Vermont
Governor Jay Inslee, Washington
Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York
Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona
Governor Gavin Newsom, California
Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Guam
Governor JB Pritzker, Illinois
Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa
Governor Janet Mills, Maine
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
Governor Mike Parson, Missouri
Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada
Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey
Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina
Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio
Governor Kate Brown, Oregon
Governor Kristi Noem, South Dakota
Governor Gary Herbert, Utah
Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia
Governor Tony Evers, Wisconsin