Signing Statement 2020-001


Text of the Signing Statement from the White House website


Statement by the President        

        HEALTHCARE      --    Issued on: March 18, 2020


Today, I have signed into law H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”).  The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

One provision of the bill (division B, section 2302(c)) purports to require the Secretary of Agriculture, upon certain events, to submit a report to the Congress that includes legislative recommendations.  My Administration, including the Secretary, will respectfully treat this provision in a manner consistent with Article II, section 3 of the Constitution, which provides the President the exclusive authority to “recommend” to the Congress “such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”



March 18, 2020.



Sources for the Signing Statement

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Text of the Affected Law

H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, has been designated as public law number 116-127.

The text of H.R. 6201 from the Government Printing Office (GPO) is available as follows:

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