Mucarsel-Powell Condemns Trump For Ending COVID-19 Stimulus Negotiations: "This Is Unacceptable"
MIAMI, FL -- Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, released the following statement regarding Trump's announcement that he is calling off talks on a stimulus bill:
"This is unacceptable. The country is in this mess because of President Trump's failed coronavirus response, and for the President and Washington Republicans to turn their backs on critical relief negotiations is unconscionable," said Mucarsel-Powell. "Public health experts have warned that any properly-vetted COVID-19 vaccines remain months away, approximately 90% of the population remains susceptible to infection, 30 states are seeing rising cases, and over 700 people are dying each day - and that's before we get into the winter when we expect things to get worse. I will keep fighting for another round of stimulus checks, unemployment aid, loans to small businesses and restaurants, aid for schools and cities, and rental assistance for our struggling families who continue to suffer through no fault of their own."
On October 1, 2020, Mucarsel-Powell voted to pass the updated $2.2 trillion Heroes Act, which reflects Democrats' attempt to negotiate with Republicans, as well as includes the needs that have developed since the earlier iteration of the Heroes Act was considered.
The updated Heroes Act includes:
Mucarsel-Powell's provision that had earlier passed through the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to increase FEMA COVID-19 aid and assist states financially with hazard mitigation efforts, such as flood risk reduction and hurricane preparedness.
Mucarsel-Powell's Ensuring Protection in Childcare Act, allowing childcare facilities to purchase personal protective equipment and other needed supplies to keep children and staff safe.
Critical funding Mucarsel-Powell fought for to expand mobile testing and funding for schools.
The bill includes many of the provisions of the original Heroes Act, like state and local funding; testing, tracing, and treatment; an additional round of direct payments; an employee retention credit to help businesses keep employees on the payroll; provisions to protect worker safety; extension of enhanced unemployment payments; housing, food, and health care assistance; and support for our elections, the Census, and the Postal Service.
Additionally, the bill's new provisions include:
Strong support for small businesses, by improving the Paycheck Protection Program to serve the smallest women and minority owned businesses and struggling non-profits, providing hard-hit businesses with second loans, and delivering targeted assistance for the struggling restaurant industry and independent live venue operators;
Additional assistance for airline industry workers, extending the highly successful Payroll Support Program to keep airline industry workers paid; and
More funds to bolster education and child care, with $225 billion for education--including $182 billion for K-12 schools and nearly $39 billion for postsecondary education--and $57 billion to support child care for families.