Help is on the way. Much more is needed.
Yesterday, Congress finally passed another bill to help the millions of families and small businesses who are struggling to make ends meet. After so many months of obstruction by Senate Republicans, I’m relieved that additional help is on the way to Oregonians.
This long-overdue legislation is by no means perfect. But it will help people put food on the table, stay in their homes, and keep small businesses afloat until we can work with the Biden-Harris administration on further support. In the short-term, some of the things we secured include:
- A one-time $600 direct cash payment to adults with annual incomes up to $75,000, plus another $600 per child. A family of four could receive $2,400. However, this is still inadequate and I will continue to fight for larger, re-occurring payments.
- An additional $300/week in increased unemployment benefits for those who have lost jobs. This is a start, but we need to enhance and extend this.
- An extension of the CDC’s eviction moratorium, along with $25 billion in funds that will help people make rent.
- $13 billion to help more families have food to eat throughout the crisis.
- $69 billion to speed-up distribution of the vaccine in Oregon and across the country.
- $325 billion to help small businesses stay open and keep people employed.
I was able to secure some relief for local, independent restaurants, though much more is still needed to save our beloved neighborhood spots. We’re still working to pass our RESTAURANTS Act, that already passed the House and has more than 50 co-sponsors in the Senate.
In the meantime, we want to get information out about this bill quickly. My website will have new resources posted as they become available. And please remember, we are here to help. You can always call my office at (503) 231-2300.
As we look ahead to the new year, I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.