Portman, Senate Republicans introduce $650B COVID relief plan

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (August 2019)

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was part of a group of 11 Republican Senators who introduced a $650 billion COVID-19 relief plan Friday as a substitute amendment to the $1.9 trillion plan.

The amendment was not adopted by a vote of 48 to 51.

According to a release, Portman was joined by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in proposing the amendment.

“Regrettably, the $1.9 trillion bill that was sent to us by the House is largely a partisan wish list crammed with provisions that have nothing to do with responding to the coronavirus, either from a public health or economic perspective,” said the Senators in a joint statement.

The following are some of the provisions included in the substitute amendment:

  • Provide $30 billion to replenish the Disaster Relief Fund, including $5 billion for PPE for first responders and health care providers, including small physician and dental practices.
  • Extend federal unemployment programs through June and continues the $300 weekly supplement. Provides $2 billion to detect and prevent fraud, provide more equitable access, and ensure the timely payment of benefits. 
  • Provide $19 billion to reopen K-12 schools and to keep them open.
  • Provide an additional payment of $1,400 to adults in need and provides $500 for each of their dependents.

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