ST. PAUL, MN — House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, issued the following statement regarding the passage of HF4531, a package of bills that continue the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed with unanimous support from the House GOP and House DFL. The Senate passed the bill on a 67-0 vote this afternoon, sending the bill to Gov. Walz's desk.
"Minnesotans always come together in times of crisis to support each other, and over the past several days legislators have been working around the clock to respond to the COVID-19 crisis without the partisan bickering we've seen in Washington D.C.," Daudt said. "This bill will help every Minnesotan in some way shape or form, and provides needed flexibility and assistance to small businesses and their employees, childcare providers, farmers, veterans, and countless others."
Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of House Republicans, there are multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures included throughout the bill. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.