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Washington Report – Dec. 22, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 22, 2020

Congress passed the final Fiscal 2021 Appropriations omnibus measure, funding the federal government and all its programs through the rest of the fiscal year, and a COVID relief measure late in the evening Dec. 21. The COVID relief package passed provides $900 billion in relief for small businesses, money for vaccine distribution, a new round of stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits ($300 per week), and funding for schools, amongst other provisions. It did not include any aid to state and local governments – a Democratic priority – or liability protections for employers against pandemic-related lawsuits – a Republican priority. The stimulus checks will be $600 for an individual or $1,200 for a married couple filing jointly, plus an additional $600 per child, for individuals making $75,000 a year or less or married couples making $150,000 per year or less; NAPO’s priority grant programs were sufficiently funded in the FY 2021 Appropriations and the various requirements the House tried to place on those programs to force its police reform policies on state and local law enforcement were largly rejected in the final bill.

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