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Jaime Herrera Beutler Applauds Passage of Phase 3 Coronavirus Relief Package

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Washington, March 27, 2020 | comments
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement after the phase 3 coronavirus emergency response package, the CARES Act, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives through unanimous consent.
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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement after the phase 3 coronavirus emergency response package, the CARES Act, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives through unanimous consent.

“There is not a single person who’s avoided the impact of this global health crisis, and countless Southwest Washington residents are being impacted severely.  It was essential that Congress passed this monumental emergency relief package for the workers who have had their income disrupted and livelihoods upended, the small businesses who are uncertain whether they can open their doors again, and the front line health care professionals who need every tool we can give them.

“I supported this multi-faceted legislative relief package because it will rush economic relief directly to those Southwest Washington residents who need it.  It will also ensure our nation’s large employers use emergency resources to keep Americans employed and provide essential goods and services – and not engage in activity that simply enhances stock value and executive pay.

“America has always stood strong in the face of adversity and I believe we will do what it takes to emerge from this crisis.”

The CARES Act will:

  • Extend unemployment for four months, with eligibility expanded to more workers, including self-employed workers and contractors.
  • Allocate $350 billion in loans to small businesses to encourage them to keep employees in the payroll. Those that do can have their loans forgiven.
  • Allocate $100 billion to hospitals and health-care providers to obtain supplies needed to keep treating patients.
  • Extend direct payments to lower and middle-income American families, with an emergency tax rebate check of $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples and $500 for each child.

The CARES Act will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

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