Rep. Katko Supports Passage of Bipartisan, Bicameral Package that Provides Immediate Relief to Central New York Hospitals, Local Businesses, and Working Families

March 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement after passage of S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“I applaud House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that delivers crucial relief and support to Central New York. As this bill was negotiated, I advocated for additional resources for Central New York hospitals and frontline providers, relief for small businesses, and support for working families in our region. The package that passed the House today delivers on these priority items.

“This legislation will issue tax rebates directly to Central New York families, provide $350 billion in low interest loans to help local businesses maintain their payrolls, strengthen unemployment insurance for those that have been laid off, and bolster vital nutrition assistance, transit and housing programs. Importantly, this bill also provides over $100 billion in direct aid to hospitals and healthcare facilities and combats critical shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, testing kits, and other essential medical supplies.

“This measure will strengthen our nation’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and makes important strides towards providing economic relief for our region.  There is no question we have a long way to go, but I remain committed to working across the aisle to support Central New York families, small businesses, and healthcare providers.”