Carbajal votes to pass coronavirus relief bill for small businesses, hospitals, testing
Rep. Salud Carbajal traveled back to Washington and voted today to pass the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266), a coronavirus relief bill that puts hundreds of billions into additional small business relief, hospital and health center aid, and enhanced national testing. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“This bipartisan bill will bring necessary relief to small businesses, hospitals and frontline workers in our communities. I’m proud that congressional Democrats fought to include small business disaster funding, robust testing, and more protection and equipment for frontline workers in this bill,” said Rep. Salud Carbajal. “I look forward to the president signing this into law, and I’m ready to keep working in a bipartisan way to bring more relief to our local governments as we push to slow the spread, increase health resources and safely re-open our economy.”
Thanks to the work of congressional Democrats, this bill includes funding for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program—a small business safety net whose funding was depleted—as well as much-needed money for hospitals, testing and protective equipment. Through extensive negotiations, the legislators were also able to get the Trump administration to agree to the creation of a national strategic testing policy that will focus on increasing domestic testing capacity, including testing supplies.
Background on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266):
Here is a video of the congressman speaking in support of the bill today. Here is a video of the congressman heading to vote in favor of the proposal. Here is more on floor procedures during coronavirus.
Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th Congressional District, encompassing all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and part of Ventura County.