Bringing relief to workers and families
Never in our lifetimes have we experienced a public health crisis such as the one we are experiencing right now. From the employees who are losing their jobs, to the small business owners who are being forced to shut down, every facet of our society has been impacted by this coronavirus pandemic.
Today, the House passed a critical economic relief package to bring immediate relief to the millions of American families now struggling to make ends meet. Most importantly, this legislation puts workers and their families first.
The bill will provide direct payments to most American workers to help them get by while much of our economy is shut down. This extra money will help those that have had hours slashed or income lost as result of this crisis.
It also dramatically expands unemployment insurance, including for workers with non-traditional employment. Because of this legislation, gig-economy workers, self-employed Americans, and those who work for traditional businesses, will now be eligible for unemployment insurance that would, on average, ensure they receive their full pay for four months.
The bill also provides essential support to the small businesses that fuel our local economies and contribute to our communities. If we don’t take bold action right now, many of these businesses may not survive. We cannot let that happen.
This package includes billions of dollars in much-needed assistance for small businesses, which will incentivize them to maintain payroll and avoid laying off workers. And it will help small businesses afford rent or mortgages as they work tirelessly to navigate this crisis.
If you are a small business owner looking for resources about how this bill will help, please click here.
Our students are also hurting from this crisis. This bill will provide billions in emergency education funding and eliminate income tax on a large chunk of student loan repayment assistance paid for by an employer.
For our frontline health care heroes, this package will direct billions of dollars toward hospitals and other health care providers. It will continue our efforts to provide health care workers with the life-saving protective equipment they need.
While this relief package will provide critical relief to American workers and their families, there is still more work to be done to help our nation cope with this crisis. We are already working hard on a fourth bill that builds on the progress we’ve made with the first three bipartisan coronavirus response packages.
As we continue to work through this difficult time, I will be doing everything I can to make sure our community has all the resources it needs.
If you haven’t done so already, I would urge you to visit our website at degette.house.gov where you can find more information from various government agencies on how best to protect yourself and our community from the spread of coronavirus.
And, as always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988.
Member of Congress