I headed back to D.C. today to pass our latest coronavirus response bill, a $484 billion aid package with additional funding for small businesses, health care workers and increased testing.

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Here’s what the latest bill included:

  • $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billion reserved for community-based lenders, small- and medium-sized banks and credit unions.
  • $50 billion for the Small Business Administration’s disaster loans, including strong protections to ensure Arizona’s farmers have access to this vital assistance. 
  • $75 billion for hospitals and health care workers. House Democrats fought to include $75 billion to provide resources to health care workers on the frontlines, including Personal Protective Equipment.
  • $25 billion to ramp up testing. Testing is the key to reopening Arizona’s economy. Our national strategic testing policy will focus on increasing capacity.

This builds on the three previous coronavirus aid packages, including the $2 trillion CARES Act in March. 

This latest bill is a step in the right direction, but it stops short of delivering much-needed support for the most vulnerable small businesses or additional assistance for state, local and tribal governments, who need an infusion of funds to pay workers who keep us safe—including firefighters, paramedics and police officers.

We have a lot of work left to do, and I’ll continue to work across the aisle to protect the health, economic security and well-being of all Arizonans.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

These are difficult times, but my team and I are here to help.

I’ve hosted multiple webinars with experts to answer your most common questions about the economic stimulus checks provided by the CARES Act, solutions for small businesses and housing resources available to renters and homeowners.

Click here to watch my webinars on YouTube.

And we’ve compiled a comprehensive COVID-19 resource guide with information for local testing, health services, food assistance and more. Download the full guide here.

Let me know what other COVID-19 resources you and your family need. Take my survey.