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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence Statement on the Introduction of the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act

March 24, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) released the following statement after House Democrats introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, the third package in response to the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, pandemic:

 

“Once again, Democrats have put workers and families above corporate interests as we continue to take action to assist Americans impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Our nation’s health professionals and first responders have selflessly put their safety on the line to care for individuals diagnosed with the virus, and this legislation reflects our commitment to allowing them to continue doing that work in the safest manner possible. For individuals and families across the country, this legislation provides $1,500 of immediate assistance for individuals, and up to $7,500 for a family of five,” said Rep. Lawrence.

 

“As more states issue stay-at-home orders, as Michigan did today, this legislation further strengthens Unemployment Insurance and provides grants and loans to small businesses to use towards maintaining their payroll and offset revenue losses. Additionally, to address some of the concerns shared by many of my constituents, I worked with my colleagues to include provisions that ensure all Americans, especially those from low-income households, have access to clean water, while also fighting for the continued, safe operation of the United States Postal Service.”

 

“I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure all Americans have access to resources they need to protect their health and preserve their economic security.”

Background:

Introduced today, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act is a more than $2.5 trillion funding package aimed at providing the American public with the resources and flexibility they need in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. This legislation reflects a coordinated and whole-of-government effort to ensure the safety of our country’s citizens. Below is a list of key programs addressed in the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act:

  • More than $150 billion to support our nation’s hospitals and Community Health Centers, including funds to treat infected patients and purchase much needed Personal Protective Equipment
  • $1.5 billion in grants for low-income household drinking water and wastewater assistance 
  • Includes language that prohibits the suspension of water and utility services for low-income households
  • Provides substantial funding to the United States Postal Service to continue their critical mission of delivering mail and medical supplies
  • Creates a temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides $600 per week for workers affected by the Coronavirus and are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits
  • Provides $3 billion for activities under the Defense Production Act to boost production of essential medical Personal Protective Equipment
  • More than $500 billion in grants and interest-free loans to small businesses, including some that contain forgivable components
  • Provides local governments with $15 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds to address housing issues
  • Strengthens Child Tax Credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Boosts nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to provide Americans with food security

 

For updated information at the Federal and State level, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

 

Background

COVID-19, or Coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The virus is thought to spread mainly from close human interaction, however there are increasingly more cases of community spread. It is important to practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and using hand sanitizer, in order to help contain the spread of the virus. 

 

People diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illness between 2 and 14 days after initial exposure. For updated statistics, please visit the following website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html  

 

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