U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., offered her reaction to House passage Friday, March 27, of the $2 trillion federal aid plan for economic relief linked to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The bill (HR 748) goes to President Donald Trump.
"The coronavirus has quickly and severely disrupted the lives of people in Northwest Oregon and across the country, putting the health of loved ones at risk and jeopardizing our economic security. Many families and individuals are left to wonder how they will put food on the table in the face of sudden unemployment, businesses are struggling to survive, and health care workers are distressed about how to care for patients and themselves with limited personal protective equipment.
"This pandemic has rapidly inflicted damage of an unprecedented scale, and Congress must immediately provide a broad response to support to our communities. We already passed two significant bipartisan packages of legislation to start sending help where it is needed most, to workers. I am pleased that today's third bipartisan package includes many of the priorities I advocated for after speaking with Oregonians.
"To help provide financial stability, the bill includes direct cash assistance to individuals, expanded unemployment insurance, and relief for student borrowers. Forgivable loans will help small businesses, nonprofits, and arts organizations stay afloat. Seniors in long term care facilities, who are among the most vulnerable to this pandemic, will benefit from access to advocates at a time when most family members and visitors are not allowed to visit because of safety guidelines. And health care workers will receive additional resources as they serve our country.
"I'm grateful to Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi for her leadership and for the improvements we were able to achieve in this package. The bill now makes the needs of families, individuals, health care workers, and small businesses the top priorities. As this public health crisis unfolds, I will continue to fight for Oregonians and do all I can to deliver the help our community needs."
The relief package included Bonamici's Advocating for Older Americans During Coronavirus Crisis Act, which will make sure seniors in long term care facilities have access to support advocates during the crisis.
Bonamici represents the 1st District, which takes in Washington, Clatsop, Columbia and Yamhill counties and Multnomah County west of the Willamette River.
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