Congressman Doyle Highlights Coronavirus Relief for PA

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – March 27, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was approved by the House today, would provide substantial relief for Pennsylvania government operations.

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act contains important assistance for individuals, families, and businesses struggling to deal with the disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, as well as the health care providers working on the frontlines to test and treat our friends and neighbors for the coronavirus – but it also includes important help for state and local governments working to protect us all during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The CARES Act included funding to help local governments address emergency needs during the coronavirus outbreak. It provided money to help pay for additional expenses like protective gear for first responders and child care for emergency workers’ families. It included funding to keep public transit systems operating so that people could travel safely on essential trips, and it provided additional funding to prevent evictions during this crisis and provide shelter for members of our community who are experiencing homelessness.

“These are all important activities to protect public health during this pandemic. That’s why I supported the CARES Act. It was by no means a perfect bill, but it was the best that could be negotiated at this time, and it was essential for Congress to enact assistance of this sort – and this magnitude – promptly. The CARES Act will help millions of Americans get through this crisis safely. I was pleased to support this critical assistance for the people of Pennsylvania, especially the people in Allegheny County.”

The CARES Act provided funding for Community Development Block Grants to help rebuild economies impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak - $8,207,520 for Allegheny County, $8,380,515 for Pittsburgh, $645,627 for McKeesport, and $425,0908 for Penn Hills. This bill also allocates $2.3 million to Pennsylvania for Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to help our manufacturing businesses in this challenging time.

The CARES Act sets aside at least $18.8 billion for Pennsylvania as part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Health Emergency Preparedness program.

This legislation helps working families across Pennsylvania who have been put out of work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It includes $15.3 million to Pennsylvanians for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help struggling families keep their lights on during this pandemic. 

It will also provide funding for Emergency Solutions Grants - $8.3 million for Allegheny County and $8.4 million for Pittsburgh - to help Pittsburghers experiencing homelessness and mitigate the impacts created by COVID-19. The CARES Act will also provide $1.6 million to expand housing opportunities for Pennsylvanians with AIDS.

It will also support health care workers and first responders. It includes $105 million (in Child Care Development Block Grants) to provide childcare for workers combating the coronavirus pandemic. 

It will provide $28 million for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants to Pennsylvania state and local law enforcement to purchase personal protective equipment and medical supplies. 

Finally, it will provide $1.131 billion to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support the transit systems that many rely on to get to work at life-sustaining businesses, access medical help, or get food and medicine.