December 15, 2020

Rep. Lawson Calls on Congress to Pass Additional Stimulus Relief Now

WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today, called on his colleagues in Congress to pass an additional stimulus bill to support the American people:
 
“I’m encouraged by the recent success by the group of bipartisan senators who have reached an agreement on a long delayed second round of coronavirus relief package for the American people.  While this bill is far from perfect, it is progress.
 
As I traveled around Florida’s 5th Congressional District these past few months, I have had the opportunity to talk to many of our friends and neighbors who are suffering and crying out for additional help. 
 
I have seen them in the much longer food lines — depending on the assistance and kindness of others. I have heard the concerns of many worried about impending evictions or having their utilities cut off, and I heard from restaurants and small business owners faced with the possibility of closure.  And, I have taken those concerns to Washington.
 
The latest relief package does not include all that I would have wanted, but it does include, a 16 week extension of federal pandemic unemployment benefits at $300 per week, an extension of eviction moratorium, a 15-percent increase in SNAP benefits for four months, additional funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (that funds food banks), increased funding for school and childcare meal programs, $25 billion to state and local governments to provide rental assistance, and extension of federal student loan forbearance through April 1, 2021.
 
As many families in our North Florida communities and across America are hurting, I implore my colleagues to immediately pass this additional package of pandemic relief now.”
 
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