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Enzi votes for COVID relief, second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding

Said he is disappointed there was not enough support in the Senate

October 21, 2020

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., voted to support a COVID-19 relief package that he said would have provided critical relief and resources to the American people as the pandemic continues. The measure failed with a 51-44 vote along party lines.

“This package would have provided real relief for folks across the country, like providing more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and supporting childcare providers,” Enzi said. “It’s disappointing that the Senate cannot come together and move forward on ideas that I think both sides support. The American people are looking to us for help and all we are delivering is stagnation. I hope we can get to work to provide the assistance needed to weather this pandemic before our constituents and the economy suffer even more.”
 
The relief package would have re-opened and re-funded the Paycheck Protection Program for certain small businesses, along with providing an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits, more funding for vaccines and testing, liability protection for schools and businesses, assistance for scholarship granting organizations and funding to help childcare providers reopen and stay open. It also included a provision intended to reduce America’s reliance on China and other nations for critical minerals, including rare earth minerals.