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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes in Favor of $2.2 Trillion Emergency Relief Package for Americans

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bipartisan agreement to provide emergency relief to the American people:

“During a national emergency, it is imperative that Congress demonstrates a bipartisan commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our constituents,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Although this package is not perfect, it will immediately provide our workers, families, health professionals, and first responders with the resources they need during this difficult time.”

“This legislation takes steps to address the economic security of our constituents by providing a direct cash infusion into our households and economy, bolstering unemployment benefits, and strengthening nutrition programs for students and their families,” continued Rep. Lawrence. “To assist our heroes on the frontline of this pandemic, health professionals and emergency responders, this package provides more than $170 billion to support prevention and response efforts, purchase desperately needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and gives hospitals grants to offset revenue losses and operating expenses.”

“Finally, the CARES Act will solidify economic support to our small business owners and manufacturers in the form of grants and loans, including some with forgivable provisions, to maintain payroll and cover operating expenses during the pandemic. Our work is not finished. As confirmed cases across the country rise, I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address outstanding issues of importance to my constituents.”

Background:                                                                            

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a more than $2.2 trillion package aimed at providing the American people with resources to offset complications from the Coronavirus pandemic. The comprehensive, whole-of-government legislation provides robust funding for programs important to all Americans. Below is a breakdown of provisions important to the constituents of the 14th district of Michigan:

  • Provides $1,200 in rebates for individuals with a gross income of less than $75,000; $2,400 for married couples filing joint returns with a joint income of $150,000 or less, plus $500 per qualifying child dependent under age 17; rebates phase out at a 5% rate for those making more than $75,000
  • $172 billion for health professionals have the resources they need to purchase medical supplies and care for patients with the Coronavirus
  • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants to assist local governments with housing needs
  • Increases unemployment compensation by an additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation to every weekly unemployment benefit, effective until July 31, 2020
  • $350 billion in Small Business Administration loans for businesses and non-profits with fewer than 500 employees; $10 billion for emergency small business grants; $17 billion for six months of small business loan forbearance
  • $48.5 billion in critical investments in Housing and Transportation programs
  • $15.5 billion in additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • $50 million to support small- and medium-sized manufacturers
  • $500 million for senior nutrition services
  • Authorization for the United States Postal Service to borrow up to $10 billion from the Treasury to be used to carry out their duties and responsibilities
  • $1 billion for the Department of Defense to implement the Defense Production Act to meet the critical need for medical supplies
  • $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for states, local school districts, and institutes of higher education
  • $900 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to assist lower income households afford heating and cooling