CBS19: Proposed framework includes billions in funding for COVID-19 relief


A proposal to provide relief for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has support from both sides of the aisles in both chambers of Congress.

Representative Abigail Spanberger participated in a press conference on Tuesday presenting the proposal.

She is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which helped craft the package legislation.

“Working families, small businesses, restaurant owners, and our communities need relief, and Congress must act. The failure to provide that relief over the last several months has been shameful, especially given that there are relief provisions and programs that are supported by both parties and both chambers of Congress, and most importantly, needed by the American people and our economy,” said Spanberger. “This bipartisan, bicameral package reflects the priorities of the Seventh District, including funding for unemployment assistance, PPP, food assistance programs and our district’s farmers, rental assistance, broadband Internet, and opioid treatment. Today we have demonstrated that we can unite around a common purpose in the face of a national emergency, and I urge my colleagues, as well as House and Senate leadership, to bring this package forward for a vote.”

Under this package, $908 billion in total aid would be allocated with new funding and reallocation of money previously appropriated for the CARES Act.

It includes $180 billion in additional unemployment insurance, $45 billion for transportation needs such as airlines and Amtrak, $16 billion for vaccine development and distribution, $35 billion for a health care provider relief fund, $82 billion for education funding, $10 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, $10 billion for broadband funding, and more.

For a full breakdown of the relief framework, click here.


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