I wanted to update you on the latest action we've taken in Congress to provide additional relief to local businesses and our health care system in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Today, with my support, the House of Representatives passed the Paid Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to build and improve upon the substantial relief afforded to local businesses and hospitals in the CARES Act.
Congressional Democrats successfully negotiated the interim communities-first funding package to include:
- $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billion reserved for community-based lenders, small banks and credit unions so that companies who have preexisting relationships with large corporate banks don't get special treatment while many of our Main Street businesses get left behind
- $50 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program, which provides quick $10,000 advances to small businesses that apply for loans of up to $2 million
- $75 billion to provide funding and resources, like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to hospitals and health care workers operating on the front lines of the crisis
- $25 billion to increase testing capacity in the United States and ramp up the collection of demographic data so we can identify and help those in need - particularly communities of color, who are being disproportionately impacted by this crisis
This bill is a building block. There is still more work to be done to bring Americans the aid they need. Congressional Democrats and the American public know that we can't have a healthy economy without healthy people. It’s not enough to fund programs, we need to ensure federal dollars are going to those who need it most: our mom and pop stores, women and minority owned businesses, our hospitals and frontline workers, and our communities disproportionately being impacted by the virus.
I will keep fighting for a comprehensive aid package that delivers for everyone.
Please be sure to regularly check my dedicated COVID-19 webpage on my website for new health and public safety information as well as for additional resources as they arise. I promise to keep you updated as this situation evolves and will continue to do everything I can in Congress to protect American families from this virus.
Member of Congress (MA-05)