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March 27, 2020

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) voted to pass H.R. 748 – the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – which was signed to into law by the President.

"Today, Congress did what the American people always expect and demand of us—both parties worked together and got something done. This bill will give $2 trillion to support working families, people who have been laid off, small businesses struggling to survive, and health care workers, first responders, food service workers and others who desperately need equipment and supplies to keep themselves safe.

"This bill isn't perfect, but it meets the urgency of the moment. It will keep people alive, it will keep businesses alive, and it will give us a chance to get through this crisis. We will certainly need to do more. Every one of us in Congress has a responsibility to keep working together and stay focused on what matters. The only thing that matters now is saving lives, and we can save a lot of lives if we keep working together."

The CARES Act includes the following provisions:

  • A $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund with an estimated $4.9 billion for Pennsylvania;
  • $260 billion to expand unemployment benefits, including an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and the self-employed;
  • Direct cash payments to Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for joint filers;
  • More than $375 billion in small business aid, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses so they can keep employees on their payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants;
  • Approximately $100 billion for hospitals, health care workers, and health research, including expanding funding for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, N95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.; and
  • More than $100 billion in Emergency Appropriations, including:
    • $30.75 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund;
    • $25 billion for transit agencies;
    • $2 billion for HUD Emergency Solution Grants to states for housing;
    • $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant to help with child care for first responders and health care workers;
    • $900 million to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills;
    • $850 million for state and local law enforcement agencies to obtain the personal protective equipment and other medical items they may need during this public health emergency; and
    • $750 million in CDC State, Local, and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards to help agencies cope with the public health emergency.

Please check for updates on the implementation of the CARES Act and answers to Frequently Answered Questions on how this legislation will be implemented to help workers and small businesses.