Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the President signed a bipartisan $484 billion bill today to help small businesses and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“I thank the President and both parties in Congress for putting aside their differences to pass this much needed legislation. This aid cannot come soon enough for California’s struggling small businesses and hospitals. The federal government must ensure this aid goes to those who most need it.
“More federal assistance is needed to help individual Americans and state and local governments that have been hit hard economically. I hope our federal leaders will continue to work together to help those in need, and ultimately, to help California be in a position where it can reopen for business safely in the near future.”
On April 8, Senator Bates delivered a letter to her district’s congressional delegation asking them to support increased funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.
On April 14, Senator Bates co-signed a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to start having conversations between businesses, the workforce, and government on what an economic reopening strategy for California should look like. On April 17, the Governor announced the formation of a state “Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery.”