Today the North Carolina House of Representatives passed its first major COVID-19 response bill. “There are a lot of people and small businesses hurting right now,” said Rep. Ray Russell. “I am proud to support a relief package that will help.”
House Bill 1043 passed the NC House today. It now goes to the NC Senate for its consideration. The NC Senate yesterday passed a bill with much lower levels of support for public schools, public health, and assistance to local areas.
While not a complete list of allocations, here are items that affect the many people in Ashe and Watauga County:
“I am glad to work across party lines to support this bill,” said Rep. Russell. “It is not perfect, but will do a lot of good. I will keep working on needed long-term fixes that we did not address today like Medicaid Expansion, strengthening the unemployment system for laid-off workers, and improved family leave.”
The NC Senate passed a relief bill last night. Negotiations are underway now to work out a compromise between the House bill and the Senate bill. Hopefully, that compromise will be reached this week and this money will start flowing quickly to North Carolinians, state agencies, and small businesses.