03.13.20

Senators Perdue, Loeffler On National, Georgia Emergency Declarations

Authorities Will Receive Additional Resources To Combat Coronavirus

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) comment on President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration and Governor Brian Kemp’s public health emergency declaration, which will provide federal, state, and local authorities with additional resources to combat the coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

“President Trump and Vice President Pence’s top priority is keeping Americans safe,” said Senator Perdue. “The Administration’s early action helped slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, and by declaring a national emergency today, the President is providing new, critical resources to help authorities safeguard public health. Since day one, Governor Kemp, the Georgia Department of Health, and the CDC have worked tirelessly to prepare our state for this threat, and all Georgians should continue to follow their guidance. Together, we are taking strong action to ensure our federal, state, and local authorities have every resource they need. All Georgians and Americans play a role in combatting the spread of this virus, so please continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself, your families, and your communities.” 

“COVID-19 is being addressed by a coordinated response by all levels of government, medical professionals, the business community and individuals,” said Senator Loeffler. “Our collective ability to mitigate the effects of the outbreak depends on us being knowledgeable and taking responsibility for prevention while unleashing the resources and innovation of the private sector. By declaring an emergency, both President Trump and Governor Kemp are reducing regulatory red tape and ensuring immediate access to vital resources to protect the American people. I will continue to work closely with the Trump Administration, Governor Kemp and health officials to take every step necessary to protect the well-being of Georgians and the American people.” 

Background On Actions Taken By Senators Perdue And Loeffler:

  • This week, Perdue and Loeffler announced that the Trump administration is providing Georgia with nearly $15 million to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
  • On March 6, Perdue and Loeffler joined President Trump at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta for a facility tour and an update on the agency’s coronavirus response.
  • On March 5, Perdue and Loeffler voted in favor of supplemental funding to support the U.S. government’s coronavirus response.
  • On March 2, Perdue and Loeffler issued a joint statement after Governor Kemp announced the first coronavirus cases in Georgia.
  • In February, Perdue and Loeffler updated Georgians on the U.S. government’s coronavirus response and provided guidance for staying healthy and safe.

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