Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Votes For Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) released the following statement today after voting in support of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to address the COVID-19 pandemic:

“I voted in favor of this bipartisan rescue bill because maintaining the health, safety, and economic security of working families across the Chicagoland area remains my top priority as we work to address the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of families are worrying about their jobs and putting a roof over their head. Others who have been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours cut are wondering how far they can stretch their last paycheck. Parents are worried about childcare and the future of their children’s education. Small business owners are trying to keep the lights on and pay their employees during these uncertain times.

“Let me be clear: this bill does not include everything it should have, but it takes unprecedented steps to protect workers, bolster our health care system, and stabilize our economy. The final agreement was improved by including provisions from the Democratic House proposal, and has stronger pro-worker provisions and more stringent corporate oversight on industry bailouts.

“Still, I am disappointed that the CARES Act did not address the needs of some immigrants and provide larger checks to families. The exclusion of the undocumented from this bill weighs heavily on my heart.  Everyone should be protected.  While we secured coverage for virus testing and treatment, the Senate majority excluded them from the financial relief provided to others.

“During the course of these past two weeks, I listened to hundreds of my constituents, economic experts, medical professionals, community advocates, non-profit and  labor leaders, and elected officials from every level of government. I took your feedback and worked to improve the Senate’s original bill.

“The CARES Act establishes the most significant unemployment insurance in the history of our country and provides direct-cash assistance to the vast majority of working Americans making less than $99,000. Significant financial assistance is given to employers, especially small businesses, to help retain their workforce while communities shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. The bill also includes hundreds of billions in funding to manufacture protective equipment for doctors and nurses, purchase equipment to test and treat patients, and develop medicine, and vaccines to combat COVID-19.

“To beat this pandemic, Americans and the world must come together and act swiftly to stop the spread, treat the sick, and stabilize the world economy. The CARES Act takes tremendous steps towards that end and I was glad to see it passed today. Going forward we must all heed the advice of medical professionals, and each do our part to end this pandemic.”

RESOURCES PREPARED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS

Summary of the Bill, 

Section-by-Section Summary of the Bill, 

Summary of the Bill’s $340 Billion in Emergency Appropriations, 

 

RESOURCES PREPARED BY HOUSE COMMITTEES

Below are materials prepared by House Committees.

 

Fact Sheets prepared by the Ways and Means Committee

Fact Sheet and FAQ on the Bill’s Unemployment Compensation Provisions

FAQ on the Bill’s Rebates (Direct Cash Payments to Americans)

Explainer on How The Bill’s Rebates Work in Terms of Social Security

 

Fact Sheet prepared by the House Small Business Committee

Fact Sheet on the Bill’s Small Business Provisions

 

Press Release prepared by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Overview of the Bill’s Oversight and Accountability Provisions

 

Fact Sheet prepared by the Financial Services Committee

Fact Sheet on Financial Services Priorities Included in the Bill

 

OTHER RESOURCES

State-by-State Information on the Bill prepared by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

State-by State Information on the Bill prepared by the Tax Foundation

 

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