WASHINGTON – US Senator Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday that the first bill the Senate will pass under his leadership will be a COVID-19 relief package that provides additional stimulus testing for skilled Americans, aid to small businesses, money for the Distribution of vaccines and support to state and local businesses.
“The Democrats wanted to do a lot more in the last bill and pledged to do more when the opportunity arises to increase direct payments to a total of $ 2,000 – we will do that,” Schumer, DN.Y. “We will also continue to support vaccine distribution efforts and help American families, small businesses, schools, and state and local governments. Once the new Senate is organized and Vice President (Kamala) Harris is sworn in, we will begin immediately.” work to achieve this goal. “
Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., have developed a new framework for distributing state and local aid so that all local governments receive federal funding, they said. The two senators didn’t have a price tag for how much money would be allocated to the states, nor how much the package would cost.
Staring at a multi-billion dollar deficit, Governor Andrew Cuomo firmly believed that more government aid was needed to states to replace lost revenue and cope with the increased spending associated with the pandemic, as did Republican and Democratic district leaders and district leaders Mayor.
Some Senate Republicans decidedly opposed more state aid in the latest COVID-19 bailout package passed in the Senate. But the Democrats are stepping up their presence in the Chamber and later this month, after new Senators are sworn in, the Senate will be split 50%, with Harris ensuring any tie. New Democratic senators representing California and Georgia could be sworn in as early as Jan. 19, Gillibrand said.
Schumer described the Senate majority and a Joe Biden presidency as a “new opportunity” to revisit the issue of state and local aid. Gillibrand said she was “optimistic” that with Schumer at the helm, they would get past it.
He also said he would urge the Biden government to reimburse 100 percent of state and municipal COVID-19 emergency costs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, up from 75 percent reimbursement. This action could be carried out by Biden without Congress.
The last COVID-19 aid package provided funding for FEMA to reimburse the government for costs but did not include state aid. The last package, signed by President Donald J. Trump on December 28, contained over $ 50 billion in various forms of relief that flowed into New York.
For the struggling Americans, the legislation increased unemployment benefits with an additional payment of $ 300 and provided New York with over $ 6.5 billion in new unemployment benefits. The bill included $ 600 in direct checks to individuals earning up to $ 75,000 per year and an additional $ 600 per dependent. These checks are distributed by the Internal Revenue Service.
Earlier legislation also provides for a government-funded rental assistance program that spans approximately $ 1.3 billion for New Yorkers and allows individuals to raise funds for funeral assistance from COVID-19.
Affected small businesses can apply for a second round of paycheck protection program loans starting this week.
The state will also receive an additional $ 810 million to distribute vaccines and fight the virus, and another $ 810 million for the New York City Health Department.
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