Progress on emergency COVID-19 relief

Senator Mitt Romney sent the following information in his weekly newsletter:

With a continued surge in COVID-19 cases, folks struggling to make ends meet, and small businesses on the brink of closure, Americans are in urgent need of additional relief. Congress must come together to get a deal done. This week, Senator Romney helped lead a large group of colleagues in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief framework to help American students, families, businesses, workers, and health care providers.

The framework is the result of weeks of member discussions in which Senator Romney has fought for targeted relief to those most in need. The response to the proposal has been encouraging, and the Senator will be engaged in ongoing discussions this weekend to fight for a compromise deal.


The $908 billion proposal includes approximately $560 billion in repurposed funds from the CARES Act, with about $348 billion in new spending – representing a significant departure from prior demands from Democrats for a nearly $2 trillion bill. The framework would include an extension in federal unemployment benefits, relief for struggling small businesses, and critical funding to support vaccine distribution. Senator Romney is also pushing for liability protectionsfrom COVID-19 lawsuits. A breakdown of the framework can be found here.