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April 24, 2020

Congressman David Trone Votes in Favor of Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, Calls for Next Bill to Include Funding for Broadband, Mental Health Care

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Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

 

Congressman David Trone Votes in Favor of Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, Calls for Next Bill to Include Funding for Broadband, Mental Health Care

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) voted in favor of the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, replenishing relief funds for small businesses, health care facilities, and workers impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The bill was approved by Congress and will head to the President’s desk for signature.

The Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act includes over $320 billion in aid to small businesses, including the replenishment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The bill also invests over $75 billion in hospitals and healthcare facilities and $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing capabilities. 

“Our small businesses and health care systems need help and they need help now,” said Congressman Trone. “This bill isn’t perfect, but I was proud to vote in favor of it. There’s a lot more work that needs to be done to help the American people through this emergency. 

“The next bill should include funding for broadband to expand our digital highways, an increased focus on mental health resources for our nation, and more money for our state and local governments who have been hit hard by depleted funding streams. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the next package includes these critical measures.” 

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone’s website features best practices and information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, including a 100 page community resource guide his team updates daily.

 

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