Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th District of Illinois)
December 30, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Krishnamoorthi hailed the $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill and the $1.4 trillion fiscal 2021 Appropriations bill that passed Congress and were signed into law by President Trump this week.
“I am thankful that Congress was able to negotiate a bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus package that will provide much needed relief to Americans across the country and that the 2021 omnibus spending bill was signed into law as well, which will allow our government agencies and services to continue operations uninterrupted,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said. “The country has been awaiting the passage of this crucial legislation, and I’m proud to have supported it.”
Some of the main provisions included in the COVID-19 Emergency Relief package include:
- Economic Impact Payments: $166 billion
- Payments of $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 per year, $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000 per year, and $600 payment for each child dependent.
- Small Business: $325 billion
- Provides first and second forgivable PPP loans, dedicated set-asides for very small businesses and lending through community-based lenders like Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions, and expanded PPP eligibility for 501(c)(6) nonprofits
- New EIDL Grants for businesses in low-income communities, continued SBA debt relief payments, and enhancements to SBA lending.
- Unemployment Insurance: $120 billion
- Provides an additional $300 per week for all workers receiving unemployment benefits, through March 14, 2021.
- Extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, with expanded coverage to the self-employed, gig workers, and others in nontraditional employment
- Extends the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which provides additional weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular state benefits.
- Vaccines, Testing and Tracing, Community Health and Health Care Provider Support: $69 billion
- Schools: $82 billion
- Rental Assistance For Landlords and Tenants: $25 billion
- Establish emergency federal rental assistance program
- An extension of the existing CDC eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021
- Transportation: $45 billion
- Airline payroll support and airline contractor payrolls
- Funding for transit, state highways, airports and airport concessionaires, private motorcoach, school bus, ferry industries, and Amtrak
- Child Care: $10 billion
- Emergency funds for Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) program
- Funding for Head Start providers who serve low-income children and families
- Nutrition and Agriculture: $26 billion
- Increases SNAP benefits
- Allocates emergency funds for school and day care feeding programs
- Direct payments, purchases and loans to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses due to the pandemic
- Broadband: $7 billion
Provisions which Congressman Krishnamoorthi championed which were a part of the packages included:
- Extending the time period over which states and localities may spend aid from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)
- Funding for vaccine public service announcements and education in order to increase awareness of the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine to support universal inoculation
- Increased funding for e-cigarette prevention programs to combat the youth vaping epidemic
- Funding programs to curb distracted driving to reduce motor vehicle injuries and deaths
- Reestablishing a national council of educators, researchers, and security professionals to protect American technology and intellectual property from foreign adversaries and intelligence agencies
- Directing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to finalize rules to ensure that car seats are properly tested for side-impact crashes.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tragic public health crisis while creating a period of enormous hardship for millions of American families,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “With the passage of this package, we will be able to lend a helping hand to those families and small businesses in need while working to bring this epidemic to an end. Though this is a crucial step in our efforts, it must be far from the last.”