BREAKING: House Approves 2.2T COVID-19 Relief Bill

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House voted to pass an updated version of The Heroes Act.  The bill was approved by a tally of 214 to 204. Every House Republican voted no, saying 2.2 trillion is too much to spend and the funding targeted programs unrelated to the coronavirus crisis. The $2.2 trillion legislation includes:

  • 15% increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs 
  • $225 billion for education – including $182 billion for K-12 schools and nearly $39 billion for postsecondary education – and $57 billion to support child care for families.
  • $436 billion for assistance to state, local, territorial and tribal governments 
  • $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures
  • $1,200 stimulus check per taxpayer and $500 per dependent
  • $600 federal unemployment payments through next January
  • 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs 

It also includes a key provision backed by President Trump and GOP allies:

  • Provisions to improve the Paycheck Protection Program to serve the smallest businesses and struggling non-profits
  • $25 billion to stave off thousands of layoffs at passenger airlines, as well as $3 billion for airline contractors. The restaurant industry would receive $120 billion in aid. 
  • Additional assistance for airline industry workers, extending the Payroll Support Program to keep airline industry workers paid

​Currently, the Republicans in the Senate and White House both oppose the bill and want a proposal that is $600 billion less. Negotiations between the House leaders and the White House are still ongoing.

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