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Problem Solvers Caucus, Senate partners unveil bipartisan and bicameral 4-month COVID-19 emergency relief package

WASHINGTON, DC – The Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of Senators Tuesday 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 (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), as well as Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Dean Phillips (MN-3), Fred Upton (MI-6), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) were joined today by Senators Joe Manchin (WV), Susan Collins (ME), Mark Warner (VA), Bill Cassidy (LA), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Angus King (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), and Maggie Hassan (NH).

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,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Tom Reed (NY-23). “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.”

“This is a win for the American people, for common sense, and for problem solving. With cases spiking, winter around the corner, and countless small businesses closing every day, and far too many families hurting, we simply cannot leave anyone out in the cold. This is an essential down payment on what our families, small businesses, and local communities need,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “This four-month COVID-19 emergency relief package will get us through the hardest months of winter and into a new Administration.”

“I am proud of the strong bipartisan and bicameral work being done by the Problem Solvers Caucus. The American people need immediate relief,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01). “The time for political gamesmanship is over. It is absurd that we are still engaged in partisan bickering when the American people are losing their homes, jobs, and businesses. We cannot afford to wait any longer. We need to do our job, and get America back to work.”

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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