Ruppersberger Supports Sweeping Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package for Marylanders
Mar 27, 2020
Historic $2.2 trillion legislation will protect lives and livelihoods
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in favor of bipartisan and historic legislation to address the global coronavirus pandemic, sending $2.2 trillion in immediate relief to families and small businesses across Maryland and the country. The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a voice vote and now heads to the desk of President Trump for his signature.
“This package will save lives and livelihoods,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It’s about addressing the immediate concerns of treating sick people and making sure our nation’s economy can bounce back when the pandemic is over. This is a family-first compromise bill that we can all be proud to support.”
The massive relief package includes benefits including:
- $1,200 in direct funds for middle and low income Americans plus $500 for each child;
- $150 billion for state and local governments to respond to the crisis, including $2.3 billion for Maryland;
- $260 billion to dramatically expand unemployment, providing an extra $600 per week for the next four months and an additional 13 weeks of federally-funded benefits, temporarily eliminating the 1-week waiting period and expanding eligibility to self-employed Americans;
- $375 billion for small businesses, including immediate disaster grants, forgivable loans to pay employees and debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers;
- $200 billion for hospitals, healthcare workers and research, including money for ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns;
- $100 billion for other needs like transit agencies and election security, including funds to expand vote-by-mail.
The CARES Act is the third emergency supplemental aid package passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic. An initial $8.3 billion funding package to accelerate treatments and a vaccine, help state and local governments prepare, expand telemedicine and provide relief to small businesses was passed March 6. Then, on March 18, Congress also passed legislation to ensure free coronavirus tests are available to anyone who needs it, provide paid sick and family leave, strengthen unemployment insurance and fund meal programs for seniors and students.