Congressman Panetta Commends House Passage of $900 Billion Temporary COVID Relief Package
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) commended the House passage of $900 billion in COVID-19 relief funding. The relief legislation was passed as part of a larger end of year spending package. The relief bill includes funding for vaccine distribution, direct payments, unemployment assistance, small businesses, schools, rental assistance, broadband access, state and local governments, farmworkers, food assistance programs, and more. The legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration.
“After months of work with my Problem Solvers Caucus and our Senate counterparts, we were able show leadership the way to ‘yes’. That’s one of the many reasons why I was proud to vote yes on today’s bipartisan COVID temporary relief package,” said Congressman Panetta. “This legislation will provide federal funds and temporary protections for our restaurants and other small businesses, our farmworkers and other frontline workers, and the many more who continue to struggle amid this bruising pandemic. However, our work is not finished as we must continue to fight for an additional stimulus bill in 2021 to ensure the successful long-term recoveries of our economy and public health throughout the central coast and across our country.”
The COVID relief package includes the following provisions:
- $19 billion in vaccine procurement and distribution.
- Direct payments of up to $600 per adult and child.
- $300 per week boost to unemployment benefits, and an 11 week extension of the CARES Act unemployment programs.
- A 15% funding increase to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Extension of SNAP eligibility for college students who previously have not had access to the program.
- $400 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which supports food banks and pantries .
- Funding to ensure school meal and child and adult care food programs can continue serving children and families.
- $25 billion for rental assistance.
- $284 billion for first and second forgivable PPP loans, including larger loans for restaurants.
- $15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions.
- $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools.
- $10 billion for childcare assistance.
- $27 billion for state highways, struggling transit agencies, Amtrak and airports.
- $7 billion to increase access to broadband for students, families, and unemployed workers.
- $22 billion for the health-related expenses of state, local, tribal and territorial government.
The full text of the COVID relief package can be found here.