Butterfield Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Spending Package and COVID-19 Relief

Dec 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement on the passage of a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package and an additional $900 billion in COVID-19 relief funding:

“I applaud the passage of the long-awaited and desperately needed additional emergency coronavirus relief funding and the omnibus appropriations package.  Together, this legislation will provide critical federal funds for the remainder of the fiscal year and save lives and livelihoods of the American people suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency coronavirus relief will provide for rent protection, food security, unemployment benefits, and strong support for small businesses that are in desperate need.  This funding will also be utilized for increased testing efforts and accelerated vaccine distribution to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition, funding was included for increased access to broadband service for low-income households to help millions of students, families, and unemployed workers during the pandemic.  A brief breakdown of the bipartisan emergency coronavirus relief package includes:

 

  • $600 direct stimulus payments to individuals and $1200 to couples filing jointly
    • Eligible families will receive an additional $600 per child
  • $300 per week in unemployment benefits for Americans out of work
  • $284 billion for the PPP program
    • $15 billion for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions
    • $20 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants
  • $25 billion for rental assistance and eviction moratorium extension until January 31, 2021
  • $20 billion for the purchase of vaccines
  • $13 billion for increased SNAP and child nutrition benefits
  • $82 billion for colleges and schools
  • $10 billion for childcare assistance
  • $7 billion for broadband access

 

“I am very pleased to see several of my bills included in this end-of-year legislative package. The Creating Hope Act reauthorizes the pediatric priority review voucher program that incentivizes the pharmaceutical industry to develop treatments and cures for children with rare life-threatening conditions, including cancer. The pandemic relief bill includes $1.9 billion for telecommunications providers and educational institutions to purge their networks of high-risk equipment from foreign manufactures. My bill, the Ensuring Network Security Act will broaden the pool of applicants eligible for this critical national security funding. Provisions from my bill, the Building Resources Into Digital Growth and Education Act, were also included in the final legislative package that establishes a technology grant program at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Higher education institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions, can use these grants to purchase equipment and improve network capability that will enhance the quality and delivery of educational services to students during the pandemic.”

 

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