New Bedford Would Receive $200 Million in Second Stimulus Bill
Massachusetts Democratic Congressman William Keating says the latest federal stimulus bill passed Friday by the House of Representatives contains millions of dollars for communities, small businesses, and the fishing industry in his district. He also admits the measure faces an uncertain future.
Speaking with WBSM's Chris McCarthy on Friday, Keating said the City of New Bedford would be getting almost $200 million over a two-year period.
"This is money that will be going to fire, police, and when schools open, teaching," said Keating. "This is money for the basics, as well as funding for additional health care costs."
The stimulus package, dubbed the "Heroes Act," also contains money for hospitals and health-care workers, some of whom, said Keating, are in danger of losing their jobs.
"You know hospitals haven't been doing elective surgery and that has just depleted their revenue," he said.
Keating said hospitals are suffering and the stimulus will provide important assistance to hospitals, nurses, and people on the front lines.
"Some of those people in our region are facing layoffs and furloughs, and these people are heroes," said Keating.
The measure would also provide a second round of payments to families up to $6,000 per household, and provide hazard pay to essential workers across the country.
President Trump said Friday the measure would be "dead on arrival" when it reaches the Senate, but Keating and other House Democrats are hoping it can be used as a starting point in future negotiations with Republican leaders.