Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, praised the passage of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package following House approval Friday.
“There is not a single person who’s avoided the impact of this global health crisis, and countless Southwest Washington residents are being impacted severely,” she said in a statement. “It was essential that Congress passed this monumental emergency relief package for the workers who have had their income disrupted and livelihoods upended, the small businesses who are uncertain whether they can open their doors again, and the frontline health care professionals who need every tool we can give them.”
The House unanimously approved the measure, called the CARES Act, by voice vote and rushed it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The relief aid will send payments to millions of Americans of up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 to married couples and $500 for each child, and allocates support for businesses and health care providers.
“I supported this multi-faceted legislative relief package because it will rush economic relief directly to those Southwest Washington residents who need it. It will also ensure our nation’s large employers use emergency resources to keep Americans employed and provide essential goods and services – and not engage in activity that simply enhances stock value and executive pay,” Herrera Beutler said.
“America has always stood strong in the face of adversity and I believe we will do what it takes to emerge from this crisis,” she added.