My statement after President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency to respond to coronavirus:

The health and well-being of the American people must be our top priority, and I applaud President Trump for declaring a national emergency to combat the coronavirus. This decision will provide the President with additional authorities and free up billions of dollars to respond to the pandemic and provide assistance to state and local governments. These will be valuable tools in addition to the $8.3 billion bipartisan package I supported that will be used to help develop a vaccine and make sure our states and communities are prepared to respond. It is vital that our nation’s leaders cast partisan politics aside and come together to confront this public health crisis. I will continue to work across the aisle on solutions, including pushing for more testing kit capacity for North Carolina and offering proposals to ensure our medical professionals have the supplies they need to keep North Carolinians and themselves safe and healthy.

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