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Washington Report – March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Legislation

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 27, 2020

By a vote of 96-0, the Senate passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus package (S. 3548) to help in the fight against the coronavirus at the federal, state and local levels and boost the economy. In addition to billions of dollars in funding to aid hospitals, businesses and bolster state unemployment benefits, the stimulus includes much needed funding for federal, state and local first responders including: $850 million through the Department of Justice’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG)
Program; $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The bill specifies that PPE is a reimbursable cost for states; $178 million for FEMA for the purchase of PPE and sanitization materials for front line workers and first responders; and $150 billion to assist states, tribes and localities cover new expenses related to the coronavirus. The stimulus package also includes direct payments to individuals: $1,200 plus $500 per child for individuals making up to $75,000 and $2,400 for married couples who file jointly making up to $150,000. The House is expected to pass the stimulus package by voice vote on March 27 and the President said he will sign it immediately; NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson was quoted in recent news articles regarding coronavirus. The first discussed first responders and other front-line workers safety during coronavirus since social distancing is difficult in these professions and the second article was about the release of low-level offenders from prisons; NAPO is urging Senate and House Leadership to include the repeal of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) in the emergency stimulus or supplemental appropriations legislation Congress is currently negotiating in response to the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s health and financial security.

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