H. R. 6666
To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes.
The 116th United States Congress House Resolution Bill (H.R. 6666) seeks to “contract trace” every individual in the United States of America through “mobile health units” who will test you for COVID-19, and “as necessary” go to individuals’ residences and for “other purposes”. What “other” purposes specifically?
The bill states that it creates monetary grants: “to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts”.
Democrat Representative Rep. Bobby Rush, who introduced the Bill, stated: “Reopening our economy and getting back to normal will be all but impossible if we do not step up our testing efforts and implement robust and widespread contact tracing. Until we have a vaccine to defeat this dreaded disease, contact tracing in order to understand the full breadth and depth of the spread of this virus is the only way we will be able to get out from under this. The COVID-19 TRACE Act will allow us to do this by creating a $100 billion dollar grant program for local organizations to hire, train, and pay individuals and to purchase supplies to run mobile testing units and door-to-door outreach as is safe and necessary, with special preference being given to those operating in hot spots and medically underserved communities, as well as those entities who commit to hiring from these neighborhoods. I am immensely proud to see this bill receive bipartisan support and I hope to see the COVID-19 TRACE Act swiftly adopted by the House as a stand-alone bill or as part of a larger coronavirus response package.”
The grant will cost the federal government, $100,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2020.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Rush on 05/01/2020 by the House – Energy and Commerce committee. The co-sponsors of the bill are all Democrats, except for Rep. Jefferson Van Drew who is a NY Republican.
The program will be administered by the CDC.