Madison, WI – Rep. Clint Moses (R-Menomonie) voted in favor of a bill that will help Wisconsinites and businesses who have been affected by the pandemic. The bill contains 44 provisions, which includes making $100 million available to help fight COVID-19. The legislation also ensures that Wisconsinites have access to necessary medications, vaccines and tests.
“The virus has affected everyone in our state,” said Rep. Moses. “This relief bill allows people to choose what’s best for their family and preserves freedom.”
One of the biggest problems that arose during the pandemic was the backlog of unemployment insurance claims that made the unemployed wait weeks, even months, for their benefits. This legislation requires the Governor to provide a plan to reduce outstanding claims to where they were before he mandated the closure of businesses last year.
We are ensuring that families can safely visit their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide support for those struggling in isolation. This allows a resident to label someone an “essential visitor” that may enter the facility to assist with their loved one.
This relief bill will make the vaccine readily available for those who wish to receive it. In addition, the bill will not allow businesses and schools requiring the receiving vaccine for employment or attendance in school.
The legislation also protects our state and its citizens from government overreach by establishing legislative oversight of any new federal COVID dollars and reduces the ability for health officers to make sweeping, unnecessary closures without elected officials having input.
As we all strive to slow the spread and return to our lives, the Governor must do the same. The bill requires him to create a plan for when state buildings will reopen and employees with in-person required positions will return to work.
“We are all fighting to overcome the virus and the effects it’s had on our lives,” said Rep. Moses. “I’m glad we were able to pass a bill that gives families, businesses and the medical community additional resources.”
Most of the provisions in the bill would end at the conclusion of the national emergency declaration or June 30th, whichever time is earlier.