TOLEDO, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the Toledo Rotary Club to speak to members virtually and update them on efforts to keep Ohioans safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. Brown has led efforts to secure critical resources for Ohioans in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and has been speaking directly to Ohioans to hear about the needs of local communities.

“I will do everything I can to make sure that we get resources to the people and communities who need them now – and to make sure money actually ends up in the pockets of workers. We also know we have a lot more work to do – this crisis is different from anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. It’s going to take a sustained response over many months to make sure people can get back on their feet,” said Brown.

Earlier this month, Brown voted to pass the Coronavirus stimulus bill to send immediate relief to our health care system and to American workers struggling as a result of the pandemic. Brown fought to put assistance directly in the pockets of workers, expand Unemployment Insurance, provide the resources and personal protective equipment (PPE) our frontline health care workers need, and more. After President Trump and the Senate GOP produced a pro-corporate bailout at the expense of workers, Brown went to work to improve the deal and help put workers first.

Brown also helped pass a $8.3 billion Supplemental Coronavirus Spending Bill that President Trump signed into law that includes at least $15.6 million in immediate funding to help Ohio prepare for the coronavirus. 

Brown has worked with his colleagues to ensure Ohio and local communities around the state have the funding they need to prevent and manage any potential cases of the coronavirus. The final package includes $8.3 billion in total funding, with $7.8 billion for immediate help to combat the coronavirus, and an additional $500 million authorization to enhance telehealth services.