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Congress pushing new COVID-19 relief bill

Posted at 12:08 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 00:08:41-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBWK) — A COVID-19 relief package by the end of the year?

Western New York congressmen on both side of the aisle are pushing for just that.

Monday, the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of Democrats and Republicans, senators and representatives, showed off their final compromise before sending the bill to congress.

Representative Tom Reed of NY-23, is a member of that caucus.

“Let us get it done. Not for us, but for the American people,” said Reed.

What this $900-billion emergency relief package does not include is direct stimulus checks.

What it does include: Another round of PPP or the payment protection program, which would help small businesses like restaurants.

Expanding unemployment assistance.

Providing assistance for childcare centers.

And a critical element for democrats, providing state and local aid, which would help local governments distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reed vows to get a package approved.

“This has to get signed into law. As my colleagues in the house and us stood together and took a pledge just a few weeks ago. We will not leave for Christmas break until this relief is delivered to the American people,” said Reed.

Congressman Brian Higgins, said this in a statement:

"When there is a federal emergency, it is the duty of the federal government to respond. Congress should act this week on a comprehensive COVID relief package that addresses the urgent needs of families, businesses and communities.”

Congress goes on vacation at the end of the week.