April 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The bill provides an additional $310 billion in funding for the PPP; adds $50 billion to the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loans Program; increases disaster grants by $10 billion; and offers $75 billion to hospitals and health care workers for necessities like personal protective equipment. 

"This bill is another important step in our fight against COVID-19. Democrats pushed for the stronger provisions in this bill that will help American businesses and health care providers. It has been made clear that we had to make improvements to the PPP, and in this bill, Democrats ensured $60 billion would go to small businesses that haven't had access to the program so far. Democrats also secured billions more for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which provides small businesses with alternative funds that can help cover long-term expenses like rent. On top of that, Democrats ensured hospitals and healthcare providers would get an additional $75 billion so they can have the resources they need to continue to save lives. Overall, Democrats are committed to protecting both our heroes of the moment, healthcare workers, and the backbone of our economy, local businesses.

"Beyond those vital provisions, this bill includes additional funding to expand COVID-19 testing and require the Health and Human Services Secretary to submit a strategic testing plan. I have said many times that our greatest failure in the fight against COVID-19 was bungling testing. We still don't have the testing capacity necessary to safely lift stay-at-home orders. But, with a science-based Strategic Testing Plan from the federal government, we can move in that direction safely and confidently."