“Today, Congress approved H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to continue providing much-needed relief to our Nation during this public health crisis. H.R. 266 will allocate over $484 billion in federal funding to help address the needs of the American people amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This relief package provides increased funding for: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); emergency disaster loans and grants; hospitals; healthcare providers; and testing.
Specifically, it includes $310 billion for the PPP to replenish the emergency loan program and provide funding to impacted businesses affected by this pandemic. Additionally, it includes $75 billion for reimbursing hospitals and healthcare providers for COVID-19 care, treatment, and prevention. Furthermore, the bill includes $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, directing $11 billion to states, localities, territories, tribes, and tribal organizations for necessary expenses to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze tests. The $25 billion will also provide funding for personal protective equipment, laboratory capacity, personnel, contact tracing, and surveillance.
We thank Congress for the swift passage of this legislation. H.R. 266 includes important provisions that will provide Puerto Rico and our Nation the necessary resources and tools to continue fighting this pandemic during this heightened time of concern for public health.
While this legislation provides critical funding to address some of the challenges we are currently confronting as a result of this pandemic, there still remain additional unmet needs for our state and local governments. As Congress continues to work on forthcoming packages to provide relief, we will work diligently to ensure that Puerto Rico is included and receives the needed funding to continue battling COVID-19.”