By Jacqueline Pitts
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Congress has released a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that is expected to pass and be signed into law on Monday.
After months of negotiations between both parties, an agreement was reached on sweeping legislation that includes stimulus checks, aid to small businesses, and unemployed individuals as well as funding for vaccine distribution, broadband deployment, education, and more.
Key areas of the legislation:
- Provides stimulus checks of $600 per adult making less than $75,000 per year, and $600 for each dependent child
- Allocates around $325 billion in business relief, with $284 billion in funds going to Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses and some nonprofit organizations, including 501c6 nonprofits, such as local chambers of commerce
- Dedicates $20 billion for coronavirus vaccine distribution
- Extends federal unemployment benefits at $300 a week for 11 weeks and expands benefits for gig workers and freelancers
- Provides $82 billion for schools and colleges and $10 billion for childcare to help reopen and prevent the spread of the coronavirus
- Allocates $7 billion to expand broadband access and $45 billion for transportation needs such as state transportation departments
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