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Bipartisan caucus highlights ongoing push for emergency COVID-19 relief

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton will join the Problem Solvers Caucus on Thursday for a press conference highlighting the ongoing push for emergency COVID-19 relief.
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Washington DC, USA, September 14th 2018: State Capitol of United States of America

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan 50-member caucus held a press conference Thursday to highlight their ongoing push for comprehensive bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief to help students, families, small businesses, workers and health care providers. 

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph joined the Problem Solvers Caucus and participated in the press conference on the House Triangle at 12:15 p.m. 

The bicameral package announced earlier this week was endorsed by the 50-Member bipartisan caucus and drafted in conjunction with a bipartisan group of nine Senators. 

►A breakdown of the COVID-19 emergency relief framework can be found here.

The framework allocates $908 billion in total aid, including both new funding and the reallocation of previously appropriated CARES Act funding. The framework targets resources to the following key categories, as listed on the Problem Solvers Caucus website:

  • State, Local, and Tribal Governments - $160 billion 
  • Additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) - $180 billion 
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) including restaurants, stages, and deductibility - $288 billion
  • CDFI/MDI Community Lender Support - $12 billion
  • Transportation (Airlines, Airports, Buses, Transit and Amtrak) - $45 billion
  • Vaccine Development and Distribution and Testing and Tracing - $16 billion
  • Healthcare Provider Relief Fund - $35 billion 
  • Education Funding - $82 billion
  • Student Loans - $4 billion
  • Housing Assistance (Rental) - $25 billion
  • Nutrition/Agriculture - $26 billion
  • U.S. Postal Service - $10 billion
  • Child Care - $10 billion     
  • Dedicated Broadband Funding - $10 billion
  • Opioid Funding - $5 billion

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