Loeffler, Perdue Support Coronavirus Economic Relief Package
Continue Fight to Keep Georgians Healthy, Safe
WASHINGTON, D.C. – US. Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) today voted in support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help stabilize the American economy and directly support workers, families, small businesses and companies in Georgia and across the country. The bill is “Phase Three” in Congress's COVID-19 response, following passage of two previous packages that directly supported the public health community and American families, respectively.
The CARES Act includes multiple provisions led by Loeffler including legislation to prevent shortages of medical devices during a public health emergency and legislation to reauthorize funding for rural health and telehealth programs. Additionally, Loeffler worked with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Phase Three and several of the concepts she pioneered were included: quick relief for small businesses in partnership with their community banks, upfront tax credits, and an option for electronic disbursements of payments.
While this package brings swift relief, Loeffler was disappointed the Senate did not adopt an amendment that would ensure the additional unemployment insurance benefits do not result in employees receiving more payments through unemployment that exceed the paychecks they earned while employed.
“It is time to get much needed support to our frontlines in this battle against COVID-19,” said Senator Loeffler. “This bill is far from perfect. But I've heard firsthand from hardworking Georgians that this is the relief they need and they needed it days ago. I’m extremely disappointed that the amendment to fix the unemployment insurance provisions failed and it’s disheartening that Democrats held this emergency stimulus package hostage to their big government vision. After days of their delays, we are now taking action to protect our health care professionals, strengthen our hospitals and treatments, and support hardworking families and small businesses who are the heartbeat of America. As President Trump said, this is a war-like situation. We must act to get the American people back on their feet. I am pleased that the legislation we passed today includes bills I championed to fund rural health and telehealth programs as well as to prevent shortages of essential medical devices, like masks, respirators and ventilators. The American people are right to expect Congress to rise to the moment, just as they have. It is time to help small business keep employees on payroll, put money directly into the hands of families and stabilize our economy amid this unprecedented health and economic crisis. We need to quickly turn to executing on the promises made to ensure America is strong and healthy. May God bless our country as we recover.”
“The United States is currently facing what could be the most serious public health emergency and economic crisis in our nation’s history. It’s going to require extraordinary measures by all Americans to mitigate the long-term impact,” said Senator Perdue. “While this Phase Three COVID-19 response package is not perfect, it provides historic liquidity to protect Americans workers and employers. Businesses large and small are struggling to keep people on the payroll and cover their overhead. The purpose of this additional package is to maintain the relationship between employers and employees and inject enough capital into our communities so there is a leverage effect to help everyone. We cannot let a liquidity crisis turn into an insolvency crisis. As a former business leader, I know it’s critical that we focus our continued efforts primarily on the number one asset that any business has: its employees. Focusing on keeping our employees healthy and employed, as this bill does, will allow us to accelerate economic activity as we rebound from this crisis. This is an unprecedented time for all of us, but I have no doubt this country will rise to the challenge and emerge stronger than before.”
Senator Loeffler Took Decisive Action to Address the Health and Economic Impact of COVID-19:
- Spoke on the Senate floor, urging unity in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Introduced two pieces of legislation to expand access to health care in rural communities.
- Led legislation to prevent shortages of medical devices, such as swabs and respirators.
- Took action to return home 31 Georgians from Grand Princess cruise ship who were quarantined at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
- Worked to return Georgians home from Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Spain, Zambia and around the world safely and soundly.
- Held calls to receive direct feedback and provide guidance for Georgia-based businesses, health care professionals, food industry leaders, farmers and Georgia officials.
- Cosponsored and voted for an amendment to ensure small businesses are not burdened by new federal sick leave mandates.
- Spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to immediately pass an economic relief package to help hospitals, employers, workers, and families.
- Cosponsored two pieces of legislation to ensure that veterans who receive G.I. benefits are not adversely affected by the outbreak, one of which President Trump signed into law.
- Urged support for the CARES Act on the Senate floor and condemned Democrats’ delay of the economic relief package saying it showed “the worst in Washington.”
- Cosponsored the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act to provide relief to rural hospitals.
- Hosted a Telephone Town Hall to keep Georgians up to date on the federal government’s response efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Together, Senators Loeffler and Perdue Fully Supported Critical Response Efforts:
- Supported initial funding for public health-focused coronavirus response and to assist American families.
- Proposed solutions to support the agricultural community and prevent labor shortages.
- Requested increase in resources for academic health centers, like Augusta University and Emory University, to help expedite testing.
- Pushed for new measures to support coronavirus-impacted small businesses.
- Announced Georgia public health agencies will receive nearly $15 million in federal funding to aid response efforts.
- Welcomed President Trump to the Atlanta-based CDC to receive an update on the agency’s coronavirus response.
- Supported President Trump’s national emergency and Governor Brian Kemp’s public health emergency declarations.