The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed an emergency coronavirus relief package to support small business relief programs. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado voted in support of the measure that also includes funding for hospitals and a national COVID-19 testing strategy.
Democratic Congressman Delgado of the 19th District says the package contains a clarification that will allow small farmers access to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants. Delgado led 86 members on both sides of the aisle in calling for this change. The package will add $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billon set aside for community-based lending institutions. There’s also $25 billion to increase testing capacity, $600 million for community health centers and federally qualified health centers, as well as $225 million for rural health clinics.