Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold), issued a statement today on returning to the state Capitol next Wednesday to vote on a supplemental budget bill authorizing millions of dollars to battle the coronavirus.

The statement comes as the city of Rolla is tracking how the federal and state government plan to reimburse costs incurred from the coronavirus pandemic. Rolla City Administrator John Butz said on Monday there are some questions about how the reimbursements will impact small communities out there, since right now, reimbursements are directed at populations 500,000 and above. 

“So we have some work to do with our state and federal legislators, but we are tracking that in case we are eligible for reimbursement for all of the extra costs we are incurring including the sick leave and the extended family leave,” Butz said when speaking to the council on Monday. 

In the joint statement Haahr and Vescovo said, “Upon the Governor’s new recommended changes and passage by the Senate next Wednesday, the House plans to immediately convene to debate, and vote on the supplemental budget bill, authorizing millions of dollars to battle the coronavirus.”

The statement continues, “Having passed the supplemental budget three weeks ago, it is imperative that the legislature move without delay to keep Missouri’s government operating during this crisis and provide the needed resources to those on the front lines of this pandemic.”