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House passes bipartisan emergency pandemic relief package formed by Problem Solvers Caucus, Senate partners

Delivering $900+ billion to American families, businesses, workers, communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives Monday passed a COVID-19 emergency relief package shaped by bipartisan, bicameral legislation originally developed and agreed upon by the Problem Solvers and a group of Senators from both sides of the aisle.

Last week, the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Senators shared two bills, including the bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020, which served as the framework for the final COVID-19 relief package.

The final COVID-19 emergency relief package closely mirrors the bipartisan, bicameral proposal introduced earlier last week:

  • Enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) – $300 per week
  • Direct stimulus checks – $600 per individual, including children
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and small business support – $325 billion
  • CDFI/MDI Community Lender Support – $12 billion
  • Transportation (Airlines, Airports, Buses, Transit and Amtrak) – $45 billion
  • Support for Vaccine Development and Distribution, Testing and Tracing
  • Support for Health Care Providers and Health Care Workers
  • Education Funding – $82 billion
  • Rental Assistance and Eviction Moratorium – $25 billion
  • Nutrition/Agriculture – $26 billion
  • Child Care – $10 billion
  • Dedicated Broadband Funding – $7 billion
  • Mental Health & Opioid Treatment – $4.3 billion
  • Year-long extension of Coronavirus Relief Fund use by state and localities

“Months ago, the Problem Solvers Caucus and a group of Senators from both sides of the aisle began meeting with one goal in mind: breaking through the biggest impasse in recent history in Congress. Today, with our bipartisan, bicameral agreement as its foundation, the House has now passed emergency pandemic relief — finally delivering critical lifelines for our families, businesses, and communities,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “This is the model for how Washington should work: coming together, understanding that we should not let perfect be the enemy of the good, and that the American people should always come before partisan politics. This is about actually governing. It is a different model. It is not the one that gets you clicks, but it is how you get a bill done.”

“When we started working on a bipartisan, bicameral relief package in the fall, we did so because we fundamentally care about the needs of the American people. In passing this COVID-19 relief deal tonight, we are ensuring small businesses, school districts, health care providers, nursing homes, individuals, and working families across New York will not go into the holidays without the support they deserve,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Tom Reed (NY-23). “Working with our Senate partners, we are confident that this new way of governing will become commonplace in Washington so the American people are once again the priority.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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