26 Mar (COVID-19) Good News for Workers, Small Business – Compromise Expected on a Coronavirus Bill
On This, Thursday, March 26, 2020, we have Good News!
Just last night the Senate unanimously passed S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The bill is a stimulus package of emergency relief intended to assist American workers and companies. It seemed that we might be faced with delays due to reprehensible partisan wars. But congressional members came to a compromise bill. The bill will go to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote and pass it by tomorrow. Although it seems that we are still in wait mode, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi confirmed this morning that there is an agreement.
What does this mean for workers, small business owners, and everyday people like you and me? This bill will provide support where it is greatly needed –in the hands of workers, not just CEOs of large companies who have no intention of trickling funds down to their employees where it is desperately needed.
The bill provides much needed support for those who face violence, threats of violence, sexual violence, stalking, harassment, or false imprisonment. Organizations that serve such victims and survivors have been putting pressure on congressional members for additional support to be legislated, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are continuing to urge Congress to do more. However, this is a very good first step. Below are the compromised provisions:
Some of the key provisions in the S.3548 bill include:
- Direct payments of $1,200 per adult and $600 per child to households that meet certain income requirements.
- An extra $45 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and waives match requirements.
- Increased funding for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Prohibitions against evictions of people in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)-supported housing.
- Access to low-interest Small Business Administration loans for nonprofits such as domestic violence shelters.
- Expansion of unemployment benefits for people impacted by COVID-19.
- Increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation.