Moolenaar Votes for Relief for Families and Small Businesses Who Are Struggling Because of COVID and State-Enforced Closures

December 21, 2020
Press Release

Tonight, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that will support Michigan families and small businesses hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the state-mandated closure of small businesses.

“This legislation will help re-open the economy, support small businesses hurt by state-enforced closures, and give $2,400 in direct relief to a family of four,” said Congressman John Moolenaar, who voted for the legislation. “I also worked across the aisle and made sure this bill takes care of important priorities for Michigan including funding for the construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks, and funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to protect our Lakes for future generations.”

The COVID relief package provides $600-per-person payments to families based on the income scale used for the economic impact payments made earlier this year. A middle-class family of four will receive $2,400.

Small business relief is included in the bill, which re-opens the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, and allows them to receive a second, forgivable loan from a pool of $284 billion. The Paycheck Protection Program has already injected more than $15 billion into Michigan’s economy, and the funding has supported more than 7,000 small businesses in the Fourth District.

The COVID relief package also helps re-open the economy with $28 billion for purchasing and distributing vaccines. This funding will make a vaccine free of charge for every eligible American who wants to receive it.

Finally, the COVID relief package provides $13 billion of assistance for American farmers who have seen their supply chains disrupted by the loss of business from restaurants, schools, hotels, and other entities.

COVID relief was not the only part of the legislation that was passed by the House today.

The bill also funded federal departments, agencies and programs for 2021, including annual funding for the next year of construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, rural broadband Internet access, and NIH research into cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Moolenaar worked across the aisle to make sure those priorities for Michigan residents were addressed in the final version of the legislation.