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Rep. Schrader Votes for Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief and 2021 Spending Bill


For Immediate Release

December 21, 2020

Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711


Rep. Schrader Votes for Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief and 2021 Spending Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, bicameral Problem Solvers Caucus negotiated COVID-19 relief package. Rep. Schrader was the founding Democratic member of the Caucus eight years ago. In addition to COVID-19 relief, the package includes fiscal year 2021 appropriations. This robust package has a multitude of provisions that have been key policy priorities for Rep. Schrader. Most notably, putting an end to the harmful and predatory practice of surprise medical billing.


As COVID cases skyrocket nationwide, Americans are struggling”, said Rep. Schrader. “Countless families are on the brink of foreclosure and eviction as Christmas fast approaches. It is getting more and more difficult for small businesses to keep their lights on and make payroll. This package will deliver targeted COVID-19 aid for small businesses and families in addition to fully funding the government for 2021. Additionally, I am proud to have been an advocate for Oregonians who have been victims of surprise medical billing and worked this entire Congress to bring Republicans and Democrats on my Energy and Commerce Committee together to find a solution. This package is a huge win for the American people, and I am proud to have been a part of it. Thank you to House and Senate leadership for making sure the holidays are a little bit brighter for Oregon families this year.”


This bill has many far-reaching benefits for families and communities across Oregon. It includes:

·      Targeted COVID-19 relief: Hundreds of millions in PPP loans for the smallest businesses who need them most, an additional round of economic impact payments, support for live event venues and expanded unemployment insurance


·      Improved broadband access for rural communities: $730 million in the expansion of broadband service to provide economic development opportunities and improved education and healthcare services


·      Eliminates surprise medical billing: If you have done your diligence and think you’re going to an in-network provider for your health care treatment, you will no longer receive a “surprise bill” for when part of your care ended up being out of network. And, in the case of an air ambulance ride, you can only be charged the cost share dictated by your insurance provider, regardless of whether they are in network


·      Water Resources Development Act: unlocks billions in the harbor maintenance trust fund, provides a path for the Federal government to transfer authority of the Willamette falls locks, and will fairly allocate water resources in the Willamette River Basin