Underwood Statement on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

April 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) today released the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, interim legislation to deliver urgently needed resources to small businesses, protect health care workers, and expand access to coronavirus testing.

"The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act is urgently-needed legislation that will help provide hundreds of billions of dollars in additional support for small businesses and farmers reeling from the coronavirus crisis, while investing in health care providers, testing, and requiring the Administration develop a national plan for testing—so once our businesses re-open, they can stay open.

"Today's bill is a necessary interim fix to keep needed funds flowing to small businesses and health systems, but it is not enough. Congress has much more work to do to support frontline workers in need of personal protective equipment, Illinois families, and communities in need of financial relief. After we take the vote today, we must immediately get to work on the next relief package to continue to provide resources that put the health and safety of the American people first."

A full video of Underwood's remarks can be found here.

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