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Rep. Carson Votes for Latest COVID-19 Relief Bill, Demands Further Action for Hoosiers and Americans

Dec 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman André Carson (IN-07) voted in support of the latest COVID-19 relief and omnibus package, which passed the House of Representatives. This bill delivers urgently needed funds to help save Hoosier lives and livelihoods as Indiana and the entire nation battle the deadliest wave yet of COVID-19. 

The bill also includes Rep. Carson’s amendment to increase funding for Pancreatic Cancer research at the Department of Defense (DoD) to $15 million dollars. This increased funding will help researchers find ways to detect and treat this deadly disease earlier and help save lives. 

The bill includes a number of key provisions, including an additional round of direct payments to Americans, rental housing assistance, expanded nutrition assistance, plus additional funding for small and minority-owned businesses, including more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The bill funds critical transportation and infrastructure priorities, including $14 billion for transit to help front line workers get to work, and more funding for passenger rail and aviation workers. This legislation also provides billions of dollars to support the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. Still, Rep. Carson stressed that much more must be done, and called on his Congressional colleagues to put partisanship aside to expedite help to those in need.  

“I am encouraged that the House has passed this vital piece of legislation to protect lives and livelihoods. I’m particularly pleased that it includes my amendment to increase federal funding for Pancreatic Cancer research at DoD. However, the truth is, it should not have taken Congress this long to get an additional relief bill passed. The House passed a strong COVID-19 relief bill months ago called the Heroes Act, but Leader McConnell refused to bring it up for a vote in the Senate. 

“Additionally, in this current bill, Democratic leaders fought hard to eliminate dangerous poison pills, including a GOP provision that could unjustly put the health of workers at risk and take away their legal recourse. I understand and respect the need for compromise, but I am extremely disappointed that my Republican colleagues have chosen to play this dangerous game of partisan politics for months as Americans suffered. Going forward, I urge them to change course and commit to working with Democrats in good faith to pass additional relief so that America can emerge from this crisis stronger and more united.” 

Additional information about Rep. Carson’s provision is below:

Increased funding for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer – The omnibus spending bill includes Rep. Carson’s provision to increase Pancreatic Cancer research at the Department of Defense by $5 million, for a total of $15 million dollars for FY 2021. This will support research in early detection and treatment efforts, which can help more Americans survive this particularly deadly form of cancer.   

Click here for more details on the provisions included in the COVID-19 Relief bill. 

Click here for more details on the provisions included in the FY’21 spending bill.