BISHOP SUPPORTS MORE FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, HOSPITALS, AND TESTING
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the passage of the fourth COVID-19 relief bill, H.R. 266:
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have seen a strong need for more funding to keep small businesses afloat while workers are forced to shelter-in-place; for hospitals and health care workers who are our frontline heroes in fighting this deadly virus; and widespread testing and tracing to stop the virus. The original Senate proposal for interim legislation only gave more money for larger well-connected businesses despite the other pressing concerns. Because of the House Leadership’s insistence, we secured more targeted funding for small businesses, hospitals, health care workers, and the nationwide testing needed to get our lives back on track.
“Therefore, we provided the Paycheck Protection Program with an additional $310 billion, $50 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and $10 billion for the Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Grants. In addition, small farming operations will now be eligible for The Economic Injury Disaster Program.
“We secured $75 billion for frontline supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment, for our hospitals and health care workers who are risking their lives to save lives. We provided another $25 billion for expanded testing, tracing, and treatment which must be greatly increased to safely open the economy.
“Finally, this bill creates a Bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to provide critical oversight for the $2 trillion in emergency relief funds. This panel will prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, and protect against price gouging and profiteering. Taxpayer money must be spent wisely and effectively to save lives.
“Everyone is sacrificing right now, and this bill is another bipartisan measure to support our nation as we join the fight to defeat the spread of this virus.”