Senate Passes COVID-19 Relief Package

HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) supported passage of a comprehensive $912 million relief measure in the Senate today that would help restaurants, schools, employers, tenants and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 109 allocates $569.8 million for Rental and Utility Assistance, $197 million for education programs, and $145 million to support Pennsylvania’s struggling hospitality industry as it copes with the devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s mandated closings and restrictions.

Bartolotta issued the following statement after final passage of the bill.

“It is encouraging that we are one step closer to delivering relief to some of the entities who have been hit hardest during the pandemic. Governor Wolf saddled our restaurants with some of the most severe restrictions in the country, leaving many of these employers on the brink of financial catastrophe. This package does not repair all the damage that Governor Wolf’s shutdowns have caused, but it provides a critical lifeline that will help many businesses keep the lights on and the doors open.

“The assistance in this bill is specifically targeted to needs that have not been met through previous relief proposals. I am hopeful that the House of Representatives will move quickly to get this bill to Governor Wolf so we can provide this critical support to some of our most vulnerable community residents and institutions as soon as possible.”

The bill was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

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