Finally, the law also included a number of provisions related to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), including a second round of $600 stimulus checks for Americans below a certain income threshold, more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to support businesses in maintaining their workforces, and $300 per week in supplemental federal unemployment benefits for eligible people who have lost their jobs. This is the fourth major COVID package passed by Congress in 2020 and we expect that the new Congress will consider additional packages in 2021 to respond to the ongoing pandemic. For example, this bill did not include state and local aid, which will impact state budgets and safety-net programs in upcoming sessions.
We will continue to update the community as the 117th Congress and transition to the Biden Administration begin this month. While the political environment may be changing in Washington, what will remain is the need for all bleeding disorders advocates to continue to raise their voices on the issues most important to the community.