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The Coronavirus Relief Package is more than just stimulus checks.

The COVID Relief Bill is headed to the President’s desk, but there’s much more to it than stimulus checks. MS Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith both supported the package. Senator Wicker’s Office went into detail:

· Accelerate vaccine development and coronavirus response efforts by providing $68 billion in additional support for front-line providers, vaccine distribution, and testing and tracing efforts.

· Add $284 billion to the highly-successful Paycheck Protection Program and make key modifications to the program to make it work better for small businesses with high-operating costs and low margins, including local restaurants.

· Extend additional federal unemployment insurance payments at a rate of $300 per week.

· Include a one-time direct payment of up to $600 each for legal residents, including adults and children.

· Extend aid to key transportation sectors, including airports, passenger rail, motor coaches, passenger vessels, transit, and highways.

· Include $82 billion to help schools and institutions of higher learning cover expenses necessary for safe reopening and continued learning.

· Include $10.25 billion to support child care providers.

· Provide $11 billion to support agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19.

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Wicker led provisions to:

· Provide $7 billion for broadband expansion, including telehealth and supply chain security.

· Continue support for the Payroll Support Program, which provides support to keep thousands of aviation industry employees employed.

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