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House of Representatives passes third phase of coronavirus relief

Rep. Don Bacon reacts
Posted at 3:44 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 19:31:47-04

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives followed the Senate's lead and passed a third phase of coronavirus relief.

The bill includes $310 billion more of additional relief for small businesses and hundreds of billions more for rural hospitals and county health care centers.

Rep. Don Bacon tells KMTV he wishes the bill would have gotten passed quicker and he's already working on a future bill that would give local governments easier access to federal money.

"We've already put $250 billion towards states and local governments but it's so restrictive they can't spend the money,” Bacon said. “I want to make it easier for Omaha to get access and to spend where needed to keep our firefighters and police employed.”

Over 18,000 Nebraska businesses already got loans from the Payment Protection Program and Bacon hopes many more will get access to the money after president Trump signs the bill.