What’s in the $2 Trillion Federal Covid-19 Relief Bill?

March 26, 2020

Asheville Chamber VP of Public Policy Corey Atkins breaks down what’s in the $2 Trillion Federal Covid-19 Relief Bill passed by the Senate on 3/25. There’s an outline below or watch our video where he explains the info.

$337 Billion for Small Businesses

Establishes lending programs for small businesses – only for those who keep their payrolls steady through the crisis.

Small businesses that pledge to keep their workers would also receive cash-flow assistance structured as federally guaranteed loans. If the employer continued to pay its workers for the duration of the crisis, those loans would be forgiven.

$15 Billion in tax credit relief for hotels, restaurants and retailers available immediately, instead of what was a 37-year write-off

Support for Hospitals, State & Local Gov’t

  • $100 billion for hospitals
  • $150 billion for state and local governments.

Funds for Distressed Companies

$500 billion fund:

  • $425 billion for the Federal Reserve to leverage for loans in order to help broad groups of distressed companies
  • $75 billion for industry-specific loans
    • Will now have far stricter oversight, in the form of an inspector general and a 5-person panel appointed by Congress, lawmakers said.
    • Companies that accept money must also agree to halt any stock buybacks for the length of the government assistance, plus an additional year.

Support for Individuals

Provides $1,200 in direct payments

  • Applied equally to workers with incomes up to $75,000 per year before phasing out and ending altogether for those earning more than $99,000.
  • Families would receive an additional $500 per child.
  • Single adults with Social Security numbers who are United States residents and have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less would get the full amount.
  • Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less would receive a total of $2,400.
  • And someone filing as head of household would get the full payment if they earn $112,500 or less.

Significantly boosts unemployment insurance benefits

  • Expanding eligibility:
    •  Yes, self-employed people would be newly eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • Part-time workers as well.
  • Offers workers an additional $600 a week for four months, on top of what state unemployment programs pay.
  • Note: In the video Corey says NC’s current weekly unemployment cap is $250…it’s actually $350** — So the new maximum allowed with the federal dollars is $950 ($350 state + $600 federal).

Other key supports

  • $100 million for additional rural broadband
  • $150 million for arts and humanities grants
  • Increased funding for domestic violence shelters and hotlines
  • $425 million to deal with mental health and substance abuse disorders related to the pandemic.