Cicilline Praises Agreement on Relief for Small Businesses, Additional Testing Capacity

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PAWTUCKET – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:


“As all of us work to flatten the curve, our first priority must be ensuring that working men and women make it through this crisis. I’m proud that we’ve reached an agreement that will provide more relief for workers and small business owners, deliver critical resources for hospitals and health care workers, and lay the groundwork for a national strategic testing policy that is essential for reopening our economy.”


“This bill expands on the $2.2 trillion emergency relief package we passed last month. It allocates $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, including $60 billion for community-based lenders, small and mid-sized banks, and credit unions to ensure that the smallest of small businesses get the help they need to survive. In addition, the legislation will provide $50 billion for emergency disaster lending to small businesses.”


“Our health care workers, who are on the frontlines of this crisis, will receive new Personal Protective Equipment as a result of the $75 billion that Speaker Pelosi and Democratic negotiators secured for hospitals. And thanks to their efforts, we are also providing $25 billion for testing and the administration has agreed to a national strategy that will increase our domestic testing capacity. It’s important to note that Republicans and the administration opposed including these resources for testing. They are only in this bill because Democrats fought to include them.”


“I will vote to send this bill to the President’s desk. It’s unfortunate that Republicans delayed it as long as they did. It’s even worse that they blocked funding for the heroes in this fight – first responders and hospital workers – by refusing to provide more money to cities and states. Republicans need to set their partisan politics aside and with us in good faith on the next emergency relief package to ensure the economic security of working men and women.”



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