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Kinzinger Supports Relief Efforts for American Families

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Washington, March 27, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released a full statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by voice vote.
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Washington, DC – Today, after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by voice vote, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released this statement:

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world into a monumental economic and public health crisis. Small and large businesses have closed, airlines are grounded, hospitals are overrun, and many people are suffering as a result. Congress had to act to preserve jobs and wages, and to prevent this virus from destroying the American way of life. Today, we passed a third relief package to aid in our nationwide coronavirus response. This legislation is critical to saving lives and stemming the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Families and workers are hurting right now and they need economic support. The $2 trillion included in this package will provide direct financial assistance to middle-class Americans through a tax rebate, funds to support healthcare workers and hospitals, emergency loans for small businesses, expanded unemployment insurance, and directs funds to state and local governments.

“Among other provisions, this measure specifically includes $30 billion in emergency education funding, more than $127 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for developing and purchasing vaccines, $16 billion for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators among other needed medical supplies, and $100 billion in grants to hospitals and other Medicare and Medicaid suppliers to cover expenses related to COVID-19. The package also includes nearly $300 million for rural hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and telehealth—providing vital resources to support the lifelines in our rural communities. These are all hugely important measures and ones I fully support.

“To be fair, this relief package is not perfect, and the hit to our national debt is of real concern. But these are trying times and it’s imperative that we take these actions. The path to this bill was not easy, but we made the compromises necessary to rescue the American people and our economy.

“Our work here undoubtedly continues and I remain committed to joining my colleagues in developing policies that will address this pandemic and support the American people—providing the necessary resources that our first responders, medical personnel, and small businesses desperately need.

“The journey ahead will be long and challenging for all Americans. But we can and will rise to the occasion and serve as an example for the world as we utilize our ingenuity, work ethic, and moral compass to guide us. We must remember that we are in this together, united as one nation under God, and the sacrifices we make now will put us on a stronger path to a brighter future.”

The U.S. House of Representatives convened this morning to vote on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The full text of this legislation can be found here, and a brief overview of the legislation can be found on Congressman Kinzinger’s website here and attached as a PDF.



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