Below are excerpts from Congressman Adam Schiff’s letter to the community.
By News Desk
Why I voted yes
…Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed, and President Trump signed into law, that bipartisan, $2 trillion relief package. This legislation provides direct relief for individuals and families hurting economically, help for healthcare workers and hospitals on the front lines, relief for small businesses, and assistance to the states and cities. That’s why I voted yes.
We acknowledge that this package is not perfect, nor is it going to be enough. Even after approving $2 trillion in aid, I believe more relief for the American people will be necessary before this crisis is over.
1 million in California filed for unemployment last week
But this bill does a lot to address the immediate impacts for more than 3 million people who filed for unemployment last week – 1 million in California alone – and for the small businesses that are fighting to survive. It includes a new unemployment benefit that will pay Americans who lose their jobs an additional $600 per week on top of what the states already provide to help replace their income.
Contractors, freelancers, and those in the gig economy
And it includes something else that I helped lead in the House and is of great importance to my constituents: the bill massively expands unemployment eligibility, covering Americans who work as contractors, freelancers, and those in the gig economy. This is especially important in our district because in the entertainment industry, non-traditional employment is the norm, not the exception. I was proud to play a vital role in the negotiations to ensure this bill doesn’t leave these workers behind.
This bill also puts relief and assistance to small businesses front and center. Millions of small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and pay their employees. The legislation provides $350 billion in no-interest loans, and forgives payroll and other costs if the business retains its employees and their salary levels. This will put us in a stronger position once the virus is controlled because small businesses are the engine of our economy.
Finally, for Americans making less than $100,00 a year, or $200,000 for married couples, the bill provides a $1200 check for every adult, and $500 for every child. In a time of such uncertainty, we need to get support directly to the people who need it and do it fast, and I’m glad that this bill does just that.
This bill is big, complex and multi-faceted, and I want to make sure that you have what need to understand it, and to access the funds included in it for you, your family and your small business.
And even though I have been working from home for the last two weeks – like so many Angelenos and Americans – I felt it was important to go in to the House to voice my support for this bill, and insist that we pass it as soon as possible.
Next legislative package
Already, we’re working in the House on the next legislative package to ensure that nobody gets left behind in this crisis. As President John F. Kennedy once said: Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead. America is being tested, but we will prevail. Americans will rise to meet this challenge – our health care workers already are. We will get through this, together.
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- Social Security and the CARES Act
- More information on rebates and direct payments
- Centers for Disease Control information on Coronavirus
- LA County Department of Public Health information on Coronavirus
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