WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed says the $900-billion Coronavirus relief package passed by lawmakers on Monday night will ensure those suffering financially during the pandemic will not go without support.
The Senate passed the bill just before midnight after it cleared the House of Representatives.
The legislation includes up to $600 direct payments to most adult Americans, extends a moratorium on evictions and provides an additional $300 per-week in jobless benefits.
Last week, the Problem Solvers Caucus shared two bills which Reed says served as the framework for the final COVID-19 relief package.
Reed, co-chair of the group, spoke during a press conference in Washington D.C. on Monday.
“When we started working on a bipartisan, bicameral relief package in the fall, we did so because we fundamentally care about the needs of the American people,” said Reed. “In passing this COVID-19 relief deal tonight, we are ensuring small businesses, school districts, health care providers, nursing homes, individuals, and working families across New York will not go into the holidays without the support they deserve.”
“Working with our Senate partners, we are confident that this new way of governing will become commonplace in Washington, so the American people are once again the priority,” he furthered.
However, the package did not include financial support for local governments.
Congress also approved a resolution to keep the government funded for an additional seven days, which President Trump signed early Tuesday. Lawmakers want to use that time to formalize legislation to avoid a possible government shutdown.