Rep. Wild Votes to Support Small Businesses, Expand Child Care Assistance, Send Direct Payments to Pennsylvanians
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) released a statement following Congressional passage of a COVID-19 relief package and 2020 omnibus appropriations bill:
“We should have passed this months ago, but last night we passed both a COVID-19 bill and a bill to avoid yet another shutdown and send desperately needed relief to the Lehigh Valley.
“Last night’s relief package marks a down payment on real relief—starting, first and foremost, with critical funding to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed through our communities as quickly as possible. Providing a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans for our hardest-hit main street businesses. Offering rental assistance supporting not only those struggling to make rent, but our landlords, too. Supporting child care providers so we can help give parents the options they need to return to work. Investing in funding for our schools to repair and replace HVAC systems so we can help get our students back in the classroom. And putting money directly in the pockets of Pennsylvanians.
“And I’m proud of the wins I secured in the omnibus appropriations bill, including a new $35 million crisis care initiative within the Mental Health Block Grant to help create 24/7 mobile mental health crisis units which can offer outreach and support and can travel to individuals in need, and a $67 million increase in funding for the Social Security Administration’s operating expenses along with designated funds to address the disability hearings backlog—which has left too many Pennsylvanians waiting for years to receive their benefits.
“But let me be clear: While I am encouraged by the long-awaited relief we were able to secure in this package and through appropriations funding, our work is by no means finished. PA-07 needs more—not only to get to the other side of this crisis, but to rebuild and thrive in the aftermath. We need specific assistance tailored to the small businesses that power our economy—especially the restaurants, gyms, barbershops and salons, event centers, community centers, and arts venues that rely on public gatherings. We need stronger funding for our schools. We need direct aid to our state and local governments, so they aren’t forced to lay off frontline workers like bus drivers, cops, firefighters, teachers and more.
“As we move into the new year with a new Congress and administration, I am committed to working with my colleagues—Democrat and Republican alike—to expand upon these bipartisan successes and pass additional legislation to fully address all our community’s needs.
“My focus remains on getting our community down the road to recovery.”