The Coronavirus Relief Package is more than just stimulus checks.

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The COVID Relief Bill is headed to the President’s desk, but there’s much more to it than stimulus checks. MS Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith both supported the package. Senator Wicker’s Office went into detail:

Accelerate vaccine development and coronavirus response efforts by providing $68 billion in additional support for front-line providers, vaccine distribution, and testing and tracing efforts.

Add $284 billion to the highly-successful Paycheck Protection Program and make key modifications to the program to make it work better for small businesses with high-operating costs and low margins, including local restaurants.

Extend additional federal unemployment insurance payments at a rate of $300 per week.

Include a one-time direct payment of up to $600 each for legal residents, including adults and children.

Extend aid to key transportation sectors, including airports, passenger rail, motor coaches, passenger vessels, transit, and highways.

Include $82 billion to help schools and institutions of higher learning cover expenses necessary for safe reopening and continued learning.

Include $10.25 billion to support child care providers.

Provide $11 billion to support agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19.

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Wicker led provisions to:

Provide $7 billion for broadband expansion, including telehealth and supply chain security.

Continue support for the Payroll Support Program, which provides support to keep thousands of aviation industry employees employed.

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