• 59°

Tillis, Burr supported $2 trillion coronavirus relief package

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Late Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a coronavirus emergency relief bill, with the support of both of North Carolina’s senators.

Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, Republicans, joined the 96-0 vote.

U.S. House leaders expect it will get approval today.

The $2.2 trillion package includes $500 billion for loans and guarantees to businesses, state and local governments, $350 billion in loans for companies with 500 employees or fewer, including nonprofits, self-employed people and hotel and restaurant chains with up to 500 workers per location., $260 billion for emergency unemployment insurance, $150 billion for health care and $150 billion for aid to state and local governments.

The package calls for $27 billion for research and development of vaccines and treatments, stockpiling medical supplies for coronavirus treatments.

It also includes direct payments to people — up to $1,200 per adult, $2,400 per couple and $500 per child.

Burr said in a statement the ability to confront the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks depends on the action Congress takes today.

“Doctors, nurses, small businesses, and families are all facing unprecedented strain and need immediate resources to weather this storm,” he said. “This emergency funding package will provide immediate liquidity to struggling businesses and families, help stabilize our nation’s key industries, and expand unemployment insurance. Most importantly, this bill supports the brave health care workers and first responders fighting the coronavirus outbreak on the frontlines. 

Tillis commented on the next steps the federal government should take.

“We need to take a look at how this is working, and also keep track at how well we are fighting the virus, and then be prepared to do as many other phases as we need to, hopefully none, but we have to be prepared to respond as we learn more about the virus and the economy’s reaction to this latest bill,” he said.

Tillis said all Americans are responsible for trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and staying at home is the best way.

“The sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner health care facilities will be available for those who are going to have complications,” Tillis said. “The vast majority of us will not. The vast majority of us will heal just by staying at home and tending this virus the way you do the common cold or flu. Some will have serious conditions and we have to do everything we can to make sure that the health care facilities in North Carolina are prepared to tend to those patients.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Comments

BREAKING NEWS

Rowan County reports 44 positive COVID-19 cases

Brincefield Cartoons

Mook’s Place: Small business smackdown

Crime

Police: Victim argued with someone before shooting in Jersey City neighborhood

Crime

Thieves hit 13 vehicles in three Salisbury apartment complexes

Columnists

Sharon Randall: Staying whole in hard times

Business

Local survey indicates most businesses impacted quickly by COVID-19

Education

Clad in protective gear, local foundation sends hams home with families for Easter

Coronavirus

Peace Corps volunteer’s job comes to abrupt end amid COVID-19 outbreak

Opinion

Talkback, what online readers are saying about …

College

Torbush: Third Hall of Fame for East Spencer native

Landis

Landis police: missing 13-year-old returns home

Coronavirus

Lawmakers hear about medical equipment shortage fears

Crime

Blotter: Kannapolis home broken into, vandalized

Sports

High school softball: Hornets had a shot at double-digit wins

Opinion

Quotes of the week: ‘Really need to stay in business’

Education

‘Let’s jam’: Knox Middle School party goes virtual during closure

Crime

Man listed in serious condition following Jersey City shooting

Crime

Man charged with manslaughter in death of stepfather

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cases in Rowan reach 37; nine have recovered

Business

Gerry Wood dealerships to close indefinitely during COVID-19 pandemic

Crime

Detention center officer assaulted during jail fight

Coronavirus

Contact information for COVID-19-related questions

Local

Novant Health picks Walgreens stores as drop-off points for supply donations

Education

RCCC donates medical equipment to local hospitals