Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Emergency Framework Announced
The Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has announced a four-month bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief framework that will help American students, families, small businesses, workers, and health care providers during this crisis.
The Problem Solvers Caucus, 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, helped develop the bicameral package.
Problem Solvers Co-Chairs Tom Reed, R-Corning, and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), as well as Reps. Dusty Johnson, Dean Phillips, Fred Upton, Abigail Spanberger and Anthony Gonzalez were joined today by Sens. Joe Manchin, Susan Collins, Mark Warner, Bill Cassidy, Jeanne Shaheen, Lisa Murkowski, Angus King, Mitt Romney and Maggie Hassan.
The framework allocates $908 billion in total aid, including both new funding and the reallocation of previously appropriated CARES Act funding. The framework targets resources to the following key categories:
¯ State, Local, and Tribal Governments – $160 billion
¯ Additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) – $180 billion
¯ Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) including restaurants, stages, and deductibility – $288 billion
¯ CDFI/MDI Community Lender Support – $12 billion
¯ Transportation (Airlines, Airports, Buses, Transit and Amtrak) – $45 billion
¯ Vaccine Development and Distribution and Testing and Tracing – $16 billion
¯ Healthcare Provider Relief Fund – $35 billion
¯ Education Funding – $82 billion
¯ Student Loans – $4 billion
¯ Housing Assistance (Rental) – $25 billion
¯ Nutrition/Agriculture – $26 billion
¯ U.S. Postal Service – $10 billion
¯ Child Care – $10 billion
¯ Dedicated Broadband Funding – $10 billion
¯ Opioid Funding – $5 billion
“For far too long, working families, small businesses, local governments, critical health care providers, and school districts across America have been left wondering when Washington would stop the partisan bickering and pass a comprehensive stimulus package,” Reed said. “Now, we have a bipartisan, bicameral deal that directly addresses the needs of the nation and best positions the country for an effective rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s time to come together as proud Americans and get the job done.”