CCAGW Annual Ratings

Coronavirus Relief Budget Reconciliation Package -- Motion to Concur


Yarmuth, D-Ky., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill comprising a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to further address the health and economic effects of COVID-19, including approximately $362 billion in direct aid to state and local governments; $47.8 billion for testing and contact tracing; $168 billion to assist educational institutions; and $53.6 billion to assist small businesses. It would extend federal unemployment compensation benefits through Sept. 6, 2021; provide tax rebates of $1,400 for individuals with incomes of $75,000 or less; and extend or expand a number of employer and individual tax credits, including credits to subsidize health insurance premiums. The bill would provide direct assistance of $195.3 billion for states and $130.2 billion for local governments, as well as $10 billion for grants to states to support capital projects, such as broadband access. It would provide $122.8 billion for an Education Department elementary and secondary school emergency relief fund; $39.6 billion for grants to higher education institutions; $3 billion for education programs for individuals with disabilities and $2.75 billion for non-public schools. It would provide $39 billion for child care block grants to states. It would provide $27.8 billion for emergency rental assistance and housing vouchers, $10 billion for homeownership assistance and $5 billion for assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness. It would continue the 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits through September 2021. It would provide over $92 billion for the Health and Human Services Department, including $47.8 billion for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; $7.5 billion for vaccine administration and distribution; $6.1 billion for vaccine and therapeutic development, manufacturing and procurement; $7.6 billion to expand the public health workforce; $7.6 billion for community health centers; $6.1 billion for Native American health programs; and $3 billion for substance abuse and mental health block grant programs. It would provide $50 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund; $14.5 billion for veterans' health care services; $10 billion for emergency medical supply production under the Defense Production Act; $8.7 billion for COVID-19 health response efforts overseas; and $200 million for Labor Department worker protection activities, including at least half for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It would extend federal unemployment compensation benefits of $300 per week through Sep. 6, 2021. It would provide an additional tax rebate of $1,400 for individuals with incomes of $75,000 or less, increased by $1,400 for each dependent. It would expand eligibility and increase the maximum earned income tax credit for childless adults and increase the child tax credit to $3,000 per child. It would expand and extend through September 2021 paid sick and family leave tax credits for employers. It would require Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program to fully cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccines. It would provide for full federal subsidies of individual COBRA premiums and require the VA to waive health treatment copayments through September 2021. It would expand eligibility in 2021 and 2022 for federal tax subsidies toward Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance premiums, including to fully cover premium costs for individuals earning up to 150% of the federal poverty level and cap premiums at 8.5% of household income. It would provide for temporary increases in federal medical assistance percentages for certain services and eliminate the Medicaid drug rebate cap beginning in 2023. It would provide $50 billion for small business assistance, including $28.6 billion for restaurants and $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program. It would provide $4 billion for Agriculture Department pandemic-related assistance.

Vote Number: 
House Vote 72
Bill Number: 
HR 1319
CCAGW Position: 
Vote Results: 
Motion agreed to, (thus cleared for the president), 220-211 : D 220-1; R 0-210