Congresswoman Beatty Helps Pass Historic Coronavirus Economic Emergency Package
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) returned to the nation’s capital to vote on the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748.
Prior to the vote—and with the country watching—Beatty went to the House floor to urge her congressional colleagues to support the rescue package. “The nation is watching us,” Beatty said. “This bill will provide immediate healthcare and economic relief to all Americans.” She continued, “Congressional Democrats have worked hard to make sure that this comprehensive piece of legislation puts American workers, small businesses, and families first.” To watch Beatty’s full remarks, please visit her official YouTube page.
Shortly after Beatty’s impassioned plea, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the CARES Act by voice vote. In response, Beatty issued the following statement:
“Our nation is facing the worst pandemic in nearly a century that threatens the lives and livelihood of everyone, and that is why I returned to Washington to help pass the $2 trillion third coronavirus response package. This bill is the largest financial assistance package in our country’s history and gives a $1,200 direct payment, plus an additional $500 for each child, to nearly 94 percent of my constituents to help them get through this pandemic. This historic piece of legislation also expands healthcare disaster needs and ensures American workers and families come first by greatly expanding unemployment insurance benefits for laid-off workers and providing $350 billion in forgivable loans for American small businesses like barber shops, hair and nail salons, and family restaurants, independent contractors—not to mention first-time funding for nonprofits—so no one is left behind. Moreover, the landmark legislation assists student loan borrowers, invests in our hospitals and healthcare system, better equips our healthcare professionals and first responders and helps keep them safe, and institutes strong accountability measures on corporations receiving taxpayer dollars.
Congress took another important step in addressing the Coronavirus Pandemic today, but our work for the people continues.”
Beatty continued that work later in the afternoon, holding her Coronavirus Community Telephone Town Hall with constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District. On the call, Beatty was joined by a field of experts and her team to provide updates on federal, state and local efforts to confront the coronavirus, as well as answer questions and provide helpful resources. Experts included: Dr. Andy Thomas, Chief Clinical Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Commissioner, Columbus Public Health; Laurel Dawson, Chief of Staff, Governor Mike DeWine; Don Deperro, President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Heritage, President, Columbus Community Shelter Board; Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent, Columbus City Schools; Joy Bivens, Director, Franklin County Jobs and Family Services; Erica Crowley, State Representative, Ohio House District 26; Stephanie Hightower, President, Columbus Urban League; Bill Faith, Executive Director, Central Ohio Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Jill Frost, Board President, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce, and Al Edmondson, community advocate and small business owner.
The telephone town hall was streamed live on Beatty’s Facebook page and an archived recording will be available on YouTube.
For more information on Beatty and her staff’s work to address the coronavirus, please click here.