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Herrera Beutler Calls for Immediate Vote on Bipartisan Vaccine Distribution Package

Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus’ package shares similarities with relevant sections of both the Administration and other COVID package negotiations

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Washington, February 8, 2021 | comments

On Friday, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) and the 56 members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus called for an immediate vote on the $160 billion “Defeating COVID-19” vaccine distribution package, as the broader bipartisan talks and reconciliation process continues. The plan was formally endorsed by the Caucus.

“Safely getting our economy back on its feet and people back to work needs to be our focus, and that means prioritizing the delivery of vaccines to our communities. That’s exactly what this legislation will do. This doesn’t replace our need for additional bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation, but this bipartisan Problem Solvers package would ensure we’re boosting immunity while we negotiate and finalize the other relief efforts,” Herrera Beutler said.

The “Defeating COVID-19” vaccine distribution package would allocate new federal investment funds for the national distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as support for expanded testing programs, PPE purchases, and other key initiatives to beat this deadly virus. The package shares similarities with the vaccine portion of the “Direct COVID Pandemic Response” portion of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and ongoing negotiations. Should negotiations around other portions of a new COVID-19 relief package take longer, whether that's through a bipartisan agreement or reconciliation, this separate $160 billion investment would immediately help boost vaccine deployment and testing nationwide.

The “Defeating COVID-19” Vaccine Distribution Package

 Total - $160B

  • National Vaccine Program in partnership with states, tribes, and territories:  $20B
  • Massive expansion of testing: $50B
  • Disaster Relief Fund: $30B
  • Defense Production Act Title III: $5B
  • PPE for first responders, independent physicians offices, and dentists: $5B
  • Rebuilding and restocking the National Strategic Stockpile: $15B
  • Provider Relief Fund with 20% set aside for rural hospitals: $35B
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