What Congress Is Doing

EMERGENCY COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

The third bipartisan congressional COVID-19 funding bill is an over $900 billion stimulus to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. Among its provisions, the bill provides:

  • Billions in funds to accelerate the free & equitable distribution of safe vaccines;

  • $13 billion in increased SNAP and child nutrition benefits;
  • A new round of direct payments worth up to $600 per adult and child;
  • A $300 per week UI enhancement for Americans out of work;
  • $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools and $10 billion for child care assistance;
  • Emergency rental assistance and an eviction moratorium; and
  • Additional assistance for small businesses.

CARES ACT

The second bipartisan congressional COVID-19 bill, the CARES Act, secured free COVID-19 testing and provided family and worker protections. The CARES Act:

  • Established free COVID-19 testing for all Americans;
  • Secured emergency paid leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;
  • Secured enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;
  • Strengthened nutrition security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition, and food banks; and
  • Increased federal funds for Medicaid to support our local, state, tribal, and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act consisted of an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill. It allocated funds to develop and research a vaccine, fund public health programs, procure pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, facilitate the development of new therapies and treatments, and gave an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency.