Rep. Roybal-Allard Applauds Passage of Historic Families & Workers-First Coronavirus Legislation and Its Emergency Relief for California
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) applauded the House’s passage of historic Families and Workers-First legislation, which then went to the president’s desk for his signature.
“I am proud to support the CARES Act, a historic piece of legislation, as part of House Democrats’ ongoing effort to bring urgently needed relief to families, workers, and small businesses in our 40th District and across America,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “While this legislation is a crucial step in the right direction, more still needs to be done. As Americans nationwide face uncertainty about their physical and financial well-being, I will keep fighting for additional policies that save lives and support our nation’s families, workers, and small businesses. Congress must ensure all Americans have the comfort of knowing that the government is there for them. This requires a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response. I am pleased that thanks to the hard work of Congressional Democrats, including our amazing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Senate’s corporate-focused coronavirus bill was turned into a bipartisan bill that puts the needs of America’s workers ahead of corporations. I will keep fighting alongside my Democratic colleagues and across the aisle to put Families and Workers First, including immigrant families and workers who did not receive relief from this bill to stay healthy and make ends meet.
“I will continue to fight to ensure that future legislation enables states to provide access to testing and treatment to all individuals, because this virus spreads without regard to immigration status. I’ll also keep fighting to ensure that the next supplemental offers vital economic assistance to noncitizen workers; provides cash benefits for all individuals who file taxes with an ITIN; and ensures automatic renewal of DACA and TPS claims during this pandemic.”
Below are just a few of the many initiatives that will benefit California residents in this historic legislation:
• A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund: Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that California will receive approximately $15.3 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.
• $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.
• Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans: Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.
• More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief: Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
• Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research: Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.
• Help for Community Health Centers: Community Health Centers (CHCs) get $1.3 billion for COVID testing and treatment, and an increase of over $2 billion for CHC general services in 2020.
• Assistance for Students: Secures more than $30 billion in emergency education funding, pauses payments for federal student loan borrowers, and suspends wage garnishment and negative credit reporting during this time.
• Transit Agencies: Provides $25 billion to transit agencies, which have all seen a drastic drop in revenues as social distancing has been implemented. This funding is to be used to protect the jobs of the employees of the transit agencies, funding their paychecks during this public health emergency. California will receive $3.75 billion under this program.
• HUD Emergency Solution Grants: Provides $2 billion for HUD Emergency Solution Grants to states that will be distributed by formula. These grants are designed to address the impact of the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance. Of this $2 billion, California will receive $237 million. In addition, the bill provides an additional $2 billion for these grants that will be allocated by HUD to the most hard-pressed areas.
• Child Care and Development Block Grant: Supports child care and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. California will receive $348 million under this emergency appropriation.
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Provides $900 million to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills. California will receive $75 million for this purpose during this public health emergency.
• Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program: Provides $850 million for this program, giving additional support to state and local law enforcement agencies, thereby allowing them, for example, to obtain the personal protective equipment and other medical items they may need during this public health emergency. California will receive $96 million under this appropriation.
• CDC Coronavirus State, Local and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards: Provides about $750 million in CDC State, Local, and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards to help agencies cope with the public health emergency. The minimum award for Los Angeles is $20.2 million, and the minimum award for California is $41.9 million. In addition, states can apply for additional funds above their minimum award, based on their needs.
• Election Assistance: Provides $400 million for Election Assistance Grants for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections. Coronavirus is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals. Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting, and expand online registration. California will receive $36.3 million for these purposes.