Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) voted for bipartisan government funding legislation that includes nearly $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. The legislation includes $600 stimulus checks, a $300 per week increase in unemployment, $325 billion for small businesses, $32 billion for vaccine procurement and distribution, $82 billion for schools, and much more.
The government funding legislation includes $105 million for construction projects at Camp Pendleton; $17.6 million for local water recycling and desalination projects; several provisions from Rep. Levin’s bipartisan legislation to expand renewable energy development on public lands; Rep. Levin’s legislation to create a spent nuclear fuel research and development program at the Department of Energy; and $27.5 million for nuclear waste disposal.
“The American people deserved this relief a long time ago, but I am glad that Congress has finally passed bipartisan legislation to help get through the next several months of the pandemic,” said Rep. Levin. “This bill includes desperately-needed aid to support unemployed individuals and low-income families, keep small businesses afloat, bolster our public health response and expand vaccine distribution, help schools educate safely, and more. These are all good things, but they’re not enough. We should be providing far more in unemployment and stimulus payments so families can actually make ends meet, additional grants for small businesses to keep workers on payroll, and funding to help state and local governments keep essential services running. We must pass another COVID relief bill in the coming months, and I will continue to fight for these priorities in the 117th Congress.”
“I am also glad that the government funding legislation includes other key priorities for North County San Diego and South Orange County. The bill includes my legislation to foster innovation in the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel, parts of my bill to expand renewable energy development on public lands, and also includes authorizations for the Del Mar bluffs shoreline project, the Oceanside Special Shoreline Study, and the San Luis Rey River Flood Protection Project. With these provisions and major new protections for patients from surprise medical bills, this legislation makes important progress for the 49th District,” said Rep. Levin.
Rep. Levin also announced that he received the COVID-19 vaccine at the direction of the House Attending Physician in order to ensure continuity of government operations.
“In response to the House Attending Physician’s ‘absolutely unequivocal’ recommendation that all Members of Congress receive the COVID-19 vaccine, I received an initial dose of the vaccine,” said Rep. Levin. “Let me be clear: this vaccine is safe and effective. I strongly encourage everyone to listen to their doctors and public health experts who recommend vaccination as soon as it is available. In the meantime, I will keep fighting for additional funding to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible, and I will continue to follow all CDC guidelines to limit the spread of this virus.”
A summary of the COVID-19 relief legislation is available here. The legislation includes:
A summary of the government funding legislation is available here. It includes key local priorities for North County San Diego and South Orange County, including: