WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown were among those who voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a $2 trillion fiscal measure to assist Americans and the national economy during the COVID-18 pandemic.
The vote sends the the largest fiscal stimulus package in modern American history to the House, where it is expected to be approved today and sent to President Trump for his signature.
Both Ohio senators applauded Senate passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CARES Act will help American families, workers, and employers large and small around the nation during this coronavirus pandemic.
“This historic effort is designed to help workers, families, employers, and health professionals weather the enormous impact of the coronavirus pandemic," said Portman, a Republican.
"This measure includes billions to support our hospitals and health care providers, provides additional funding for the CDC to put in place more testing and to better collect data to track the virus, provides a significant increase in unemployment insurance benefits for workers who have been laid off, and authorizes loans to businesses, small and large, to help keep their workers on their payrolls," he said.
Brown, a Democrat, said the government needs to move quickly to fight the coronavirus pandemic and get resources to the people who need help.
"This month, I’ve been talking to Ohioans from all walks of life and asking what they need to keep our state healthy and safe. This package reflects a lot of those priorities, including money going directly in the pockets of workers, expanding Unemployment Insurance and critical supplies and resources for our frontline health care workers,” Brown said.
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