Senate Releases COVID Relief Package; No Support for Public Transit

Yesterday, July 27, Senate leaders released a $1 trillion COVID-19 emergency funding package that included a much narrower stimulus focus than the competing $3-trillion proposal that has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection and Schools (HEALS) Act includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks to individuals if they meet certain criteria, additional Paycheck Protection Program provisions and reduces the amount of supplemental unemployment money recipients can claim from $600 to $200 through the end of September.  There is no financial relief for the transit industry. The only major infrastructure funding is for airports.

Now, The Senate and House are beginning to negotiate a potential funding package. Please click here to view S. 4320 and a summary of the Supplemental Appropriations bill.

Also, please consider reaching out to the Missouri Congressional delegation in support of the inclusion of financial relief for the transit industry through the existing formula programs similar to the first CARES Act.