Jones Secures COVID-19 Funding for Alabama; AL Dem. Party Chair Praises Dem. Leaders

Dakota Layton | April 5, 2020

The Alabama Democratic Party praised Senator Doug Jones’ leadership in discussions over the $2 trillion stimulus package that was passed in Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

“In case you missed it, Senator Doug Jones is providing key leadership for Alabamians amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis in Alabama. He’s prioritizing health care coverage for all Alabamians and fighting for direct aid to people and small businesses suffering during this unprecedented crisis. In the stimulus bill, Sen. Jones worked to secure resources for Alabama’s strained hospitals, relief for small businesses and help for Alabama workers and families,” the press release stated.

“Senator Jones is working to bring widespread, accessible information to Alabamians across the state about the stimulus bill and how it will affect workers and businesses. He participated in several Facebook Live events, Q&A sessions and promoted the new UAB COVID-19 symptom tracker to help medical experts track symptoms in Alabama,” it continued.

“And on Thursday, April 2nd, while Governor Ivey stalled on implementing a state-wide shelter-in-place order, Senator Jones held a Facebook Live town hall with Director of UAB Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo and called on Governor Ivey to order a shelter-in-place for the safety of all Alabamians.”

Today, at 12pm CT, I'm joining Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Director of UAB's Division of Infectious Diseases, to share the latest updates on COVID-19, UAB's new daily symptoms tracker and how the latest relief legislation from Congress will help Alabamians. Tune in!

Posted by Senator Doug Jones on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey has issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect at 5 p.m. yesterday. You can read all of the specific rules in that order here.

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In addition, the press release also documents Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Chris England’s praise for Democratic leaders across the state. “The moment our health officials and scientists sounded the alarm about the dangers of COVID-19, our Democratic leaders in government took proactive measures to keep Alabamians safe,” England said.

“They have each put politics aside to do what’s right for the state. I hope their example inspires other leaders in government to do the same,” he concluded.

Full Press Release

In case you missed it, Senator Doug Jones is providing key leadership for Alabamians amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis in Alabama. He’s prioritizing health care coverage for all Alabamians and fighting for direct aid to people and small businesses suffering during this unprecedented crisis. In the stimulus bill, Sen. Jones worked to secure resources for Alabama’s strained hospitals, relief for small businesses and help for Alabama workers and families. 

Senator Jones is working to bring widespread, accessible information to Alabamians across the state about the stimulus bill and how it will affect workers and businesses. He participated in several Facebook Live events, Q&A sessions and promoted the new UAB COVID-19 symptom tracker to help medical experts track symptoms in Alabama. 

And on Thursday, April 2nd, while Governor Ivey stalled on implementing a state-wide shelter-in-place order, Senator Jones held a Facebook Live town hall with Director of UAB Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo and called on Governor Ivey to order a shelter-in-place for the safety of all Alabamians. 

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“The moment our health officials and scientists sounded the alarm about the dangers of COVID-19, our Democratic leaders in government took proactive measures to keep Alabamians safe,” offered Alabama Democratic Party Chair, Rep. Chris England. “They have each put politics aside to do what’s right for the state. I hope their example inspires other leaders in government to do the same.” 

Recent news clips of Senator Jones’s leadership: 

Following calls from Senator Jones and Alabama Democrats, the state issued a stay-at-home order 

  • Jones: “I am relieved Governor Ivey did the right thing today to keep Alabamians safe and healthy by issuing a stay-at-home order. While I wished this action had been taken earlier, we must now all come together to comply with the letter and spirit of the Governor’s order and minimize the spread of this virus. We can now turn our collective focus to ensuring we have the resources to test those who fear they have been infected, care for those who are sick, and protect our health care and other essential workers who are on the front lines of this crisis.”
  • Sen. Doug Jones calls on Alabama Governor to order shelter-in-place
    • “The reason I would like to see one is because it sends a strong message to the people of Alabama of how significant it is to use the social distancing, to use whatever means necessary to stop the spread of this virus,” he said. Jones said an order from the governor would have more force than social media messages asking people to stay home.
  • Doug Jones: Alabama ‘Critically Unprepared’ For COVID-19 
    • Alabama should implement the “strictest measures possible” to fight the spread of COVID-19, according to Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones. In a press conference Thursday, Jones said minority groups and people in rural parts of the state are especially vulnerable.
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Dakota Layton is a Senior at UAH studying Philosophy and is also the President of the UAH College Democrats.

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