DelBene Shapes Bipartisan COVID-19 Deal, Calls for More Relief
Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that several of her priorities were included in the bipartisan COVID-19 relief deal that was reached between House and Senate leaders over the weekend. The House approved the legislation today with DelBene’s support.
“Compromise is difficult but in a time of divided government, it’s the only way we get things done. This important deal will provide meaningful relief to Americans during this challenging time and I secured several provisions in the package. It is only a portion of what is needed to help families across the country and for what our economy is facing,” said DelBene. “This virus will not simply vanish starting next year and additional relief must be Congress’ top priority going forward. As the incoming Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, I am ready to work with congressional leaders and a new, engaged White House to craft additional relief legislation immediately.”
DelBene’s priorities have been centered around providing relief to workers, families, small businesses, and strengthening our public health response. Provisions she secured in the deal include:
This agreement is the most significant COVID-19 relief legislation to pass Congress since the CARES Act in March. Many of the provisions in the CARES Act have run out of funding or expire at the end of the year and this package will extend those programs into 2021 and provide additional funding. The bill also includes:
The bill also funds the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2021 and includes legislation that will end surprise medical bills.
More information about the package can be found here.