Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass a bipartisan coronavirus relief package and government funding bill (H.R. 133) that will help save the lives and livelihoods of the American people. The legislation passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate tonight before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“I’m pleased that this much-needed relief will finally come to American families,” Garamendi said. “The House offered a strong pathway for additional COVID relief back in May when it passed the Heroes Act. I am relieved that the Senate has finally come to the negotiating table and agreed to a compromise that will advance bipartisan legislation to address every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This bill will accelerate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and includes funding to help stop the rapid spread of the virus. The House also secured another round of $600 direct payments to individuals and successfully fought to extend Unemployment Insurance payments for millions of Americans with an additional $300 per week for unemployed Americans. There’s also $82 billion in funding to support our education system to help schools mitigate the transmission of the virus so we can safely reopen our classrooms. The critical PPP forgivable loan program that has helped small businesses weather this storm also receives an additional $284 billion in funding under this legislation,” Garamendi continued.
“This emergency relief is an important step forward. However, it must serve as an initial building block that we will expand upon to provide additional COVID-19 relief under the Biden-Harris Administration. I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to address the needs of our community while we continue to fight this virus,” Garamendi concluded.
The full text of the legislation is available here.
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