In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced last week that $315 million in federal funds have been secured for Michigan to expand its testing to combat the Coronavirus crisis. Peters worked to secure the funding as part of a $25 billion testing package for Michigan he fought to be included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
Gary continues to push the Trump administration for a thorough plan to ramp up widespread testing and fight for the resources Michiganders need to safely re-open the economy, prevent the further spread of Coronavirus, and get Michiganders back to work.
- A total of $315 million in federal funds is coming to the state of Michigan from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a news release from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said.
- “This will help prevent the spread of this devastating virus so workers, families and small businesses can all work toward a new normal in a safe and healthy way,” Peters said in the release. “Ultimately, however, we still have not seen a thorough plan to ramp up widespread testing on the federal level, and I urge the Trump Administration to work with Congress on ways to prioritize increased testing moving forward.”
- “As we open up businesses, it’s important that we have Personal Protection Equipment available for those businesses and their employees. We have to ramp up testing much more then we have so far. We’ve gotta do a considerably large number of tests in order to get us opened up and ultimately, as we open up businesses, which I hope we can do as quickly as possible, but we also have to make sure that customers feel comfortable that they will go and patronize those businesses,” said Senator Peters.
The Arab American News: Stabenow, Peters announce $315 Million in funding to expand COVID-19 testing in Michigan
- $315 million in federal funds will be awarded to the State of Michigan to expand its coronavirus testing operations, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced this week. Peters and Stabenow were able to secure the funding as part of a $25 billion testing package for Michigan they fought to be included in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. The senators helped enact the act last month.
- The $25 billion Peters and Stabenow secured in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act includes $11 billion going to federal testing funds for individual states and $14 billion going to federal agencies including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding will support research, development and deployment of tests.