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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)

Brindisi-Backed Compromise Bill Includes Direct Payments to Americans, Small Business Relief, SNAP Expansion, Unemployment Aid, and Funding for Vaccine Deployment

Brindisi: This Package is a Start & Should Pass, But Our Communities Need More Help

Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced his support for a bipartisan relief package to send desperately needed federal aid to communities across the country ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, joined members of both parties in the House and Senate in calling for an emergency aid package throughout the Summer and Fall. House and Senate leadership used the Problem Solvers’ bipartisan proposal as a basis for negotiations.

“Last week our country crossed the devastating milestone of 300,000 American deaths from COVID-19. Millions of Americans are sick with COVID-19, millions more are out of work, and our small businesses, working families, schools, and communities are facing unprecedented hardships each day. Today’s legislation is a step in the right direction and should pass with bipartisan support, but more needs to be done to get us to the other side of this pandemic,” said Brindisi. “I support this legislation to help make sure our small businesses can stay afloat, families can put food on the table, and our health care workers have the resources they need to keep us safe. However, our state and local governments cannot be left to handle this crisis alone. Without state and local aid, we will see budget cuts in our schools, police departments, hospitals, and more. I am committed to working with members of both parties to secure the additional local funding we need and prevent those cuts. We don’t have time to waste.”

This is the 6th bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill that Brindisi has worked to send to the President’s desk since the beginning of the pandemic.  In March, Brindisi voted to pass the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help provide workers, families, small businesses, health care workers, counties, and rural hospitals the resources they need. The CARES Act included direct payments to millions of Americans, funds for COVID-19 testing, and aid for hospitals, farmers, and small businesses. The CARES Act also provided more than 7,000 loans to small businesses in New York’s 22nd district, totaling more than $650 million in aid, and saving nearly 100,000 jobs.