Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)
December 21, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice Chair of the House Education & Labor Committee, released the following statement after the House passed an omnibus spending bill that included COVID-19 relief for small businesses and working families and Rep. Levin’s bipartisan bill H.R. 7933, the COVID-19 WIC Safety and Modernization Act:
“Almost nine months since we passed the CARES Act and more than seven months after I voted with my Democratic colleagues to pass the Heroes Act, my Republican colleagues have finally agreed to send additional COVID relief to Americans. Let me be clear: the GOP focus on keeping the topline number low rather than on the number of families we keep in their homes, workers that stay on the job and small businesses that reopen is backwards, and this shortsightedness will have a lasting impact on our recovery.
“Nevertheless, our Democratic leadership bargained hard for Americans to see some measure of help from their government before the New Year, and I voted for this without hesitation. I am so grateful that my bill, the COVID-19 WIC Safety and Modernization Act, was included in the final omnibus package and is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law. This important bill will establish a taskforce at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program innovate to meet the safety needs of WIC families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond through programs like curbside pick-up and online delivery. This is a huge win for the growing number of women and children in Macomb and Oakland Counties, and across the country who rely on WIC for nutritious food.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, I have written other legislation and lifted up the voices of my constituents to protect our workers, our communities and our vital public services. I’m proud funding provisions—albeit a fraction—from my Coronavirus Containment Corps bill with Senator Elizabeth Warren for contact tracing and other priorities of mine like testing, vaccine distribution, venues, restaurants and public schools were included. Bottom line: our communities will need much more help to get to the other side of this crisis. I am hopeful we will be able to negotiate much more under a Biden administration, with his longstanding relationships in the Senate and his clear understanding of the severity of the problem and the solutions needed.
“While I disapprove heartily of the inability of this institution to approve its spending legislation in a timely fashion, today I celebrate that we have now funded the vital services government workers provide the American people every day through the end of the fiscal year next fall.”