Rice Votes for Bipartisan COVID Relief and Government Funding Bill
Bipartisan agreement provides new stimulus checks, expanded unemployment, and reauthorizes the PPP program for small businesses
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) released the following statement after voting last night in favor of the bipartisan COVID relief and government funding agreement, H.R. 133, The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The legislation passed the House of Representatives and the Senate last night.
“This agreement is far from perfect, but in this case something is absolutely better than nothing and I am pleased we have finally passed new relief for our constituents and avoided a government shutdown after months of inaction by the Senate,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “This bill will provide new direct payments to individuals and families, expanded unemployment insurance, and provide new resources to help small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat. Unfortunately, it does not provide enough resources for state and local governments who are also in desperate need of relief. Our communities will need further federal assistance as we continue to combat this virus, and I will keep fighting for the resources Long Island needs to recover when Congress returns in the New Year.”
Key relief items in H.R. 133 include:
The full text of H.R. 133 can be found here.