Langevin to Support Bipartisan COVID Relief Package

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced his support for H.R. 133, an omnibus spending bill consisting of all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills that also includes $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. This fourth major COVID bill will provide direct payments of $600 to individuals, support for small business through forgivable loans, $300 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, and dedicated funding for nutrition, rent, and school aid. The House is expected to pass the package later this evening. The following statement may be attributed to Congressman Langevin.

“As our public health and the nation’s economic stability continue to hang in the balance, it is clear the American people need more help to get through this pandemic. While the package we’re considering today is not perfect, it reflects bipartisan consensus. It keeps the federal government open, delivers critical aid to those most in need, ends the practice of surprise medical billing, and supports Rhode Island manufacturing with funds for the Virginia-class submarine program.

“The situation is dire. The COVID-19 relief package will get cash into the pockets of working families struggling to make ends meet and deliver additional aid for our small businesses to keep their doors open. Further, it will ensure that people who have lost their jobs can stay afloat and that we carry out robust vaccination operations so that lives can be saved. This package will dedicate considerable resources to help the hardest hit Americans continue to put food on their tables with enhanced food benefits and keep roofs over their heads with an extension of the eviction moratorium and billions in emergency relief for renters.

“By no means is this package a silver bullet, but it does represent real progress. After all, it has been 220 days since the House first passed the Heroes Act to provide relief to struggling Americans. The challenges we face today did not appear overnight, and Congress will have to provide additional support if we hope to continue to turn the corner. I am pleased we could work across the aisle to advance this bill, and I’m ready to get to work on another once President-elect Biden takes the helm.”

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