COVID-19 Legislative Update: House Releases COVID III Relief Bill >>

March 23rd, 2020

House Releases COVID III Relief Bill

The Take Responsibility for Workers & Families Act

This evening, House Democrats released their version of their Phase III COVID-19 economic relief legislation. The approximately $2.5 trillion bill addresses the impacts of the crisis on families, businesses, and communities by rebuilding the health care system, tightening the safety net to support families, shore up small businesses, and help governments maintain public services.

Some highlights of the bill include:

  • More than $150 billion to support America’s hospitals, Community Health Centers, and government medical programs as they treat coronavirus patients. This includes $15 million for tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers to tribes.
  • Extending eligibility for the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program to Tribes.
  • $200 billion to states, territories, and tribes to cover revenue lost because of coronavirus. The funding will be provided in two tranches, with the first tranche immediate and the second to follow based on unemployment rates or on July 1, whichever trigger is hit first. Of the funding in the first tranche, $10 billion is set aside for tribes, $1 billion for territories, and $2.5 billion for small states.
  • Child care assistance to health care workers and emergency personnel.
  • A direct cash infusion of $1,500 of immediate assistance per individual, up to $7,500 for a family of five. This benefit would be available to anyone with an individual taxpayer identification number, as well as to our nation’s retirees and unemployed individuals.
  • $350 million to address the needs of Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities in preventing, responding to, and preparing for coronavirus. This includes $250 million in formula funding through the Native American Housing Block Grants program and $100 million in imminent threat grants through the Indian Community Development Block Grant program.
  • Enhanced unemployment compensation by creating a temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 a week for any worker affected by COVID-19 and eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs benefits, helping to ensure that families will be able to afford to eat during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Streamlined aid for small businesses and provides more than $500 billion in grants and interest-free loans, some with forgivable components, to help Main Street businesses as they cope with the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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