Congresswoman Lori Trahan Supports Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package
Trahan also called for negotiations on additional relief funding to put the health and safety of Americans first
Washington, April 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) voted to send the $484 billion interim emergency COVID-19 relief package to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Following the vote, Trahan also called on Congress and the Administration to prioritize health care workers, essential personnel, and the most vulnerable in our communities as negotiations continue on the next funding package.
“When the House passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, we knew that more would have to be done to get our nation through this crisis. The urgent need for additional funding for our small businesses, hospitals, and expanded testing required immediate passage of this bill. However, the American people still need more help. As we continue negotiations over the next relief package, we must prioritize assistance to our heroes fighting COVID-19 on the front lines – our state and local governments, emergency workers, and first responders – as well as our families who need relief to stay afloat during this difficult time. We will get through this crisis, but we must ensure that no one is left behind,” said Congresswoman Trahan.
Despite opposition from the Senate and White House to include additional funding for hospitals and increased testing, the House successfully included $100 billion for health facilities and testing and another $370 billion for small businesses. Specifically, the bill provided:
As the House continues working on the next relief package, Trahan has called on negotiators to include robust funding to provide: