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RELEASE: Gottheimer Helps Secure Key Provisions in New COVID-19 Package to Cut Taxes, Support Small Businesses, Invest in Broadband Connectivity for Underserved, Rural Communities
Washington, March 10, 2021
In new relief package, every Fifth District county & town to receive direct resources — estimated $313 million to Bergen, $101 million to Passaic, $36 million to Sussex, $26 million to Warren
Accelerates vaccine distribution, testing nationwide
New provision eliminates taxes on up to $10,200 in unemployment aid for 2020 tax filing
$10 billion in local investment dedicated to broadband & water infrastructure improvements
PPP expanded for small businesses, $28 billion for restaurants, $1.25 billion for shuttered live venue operators
Direct local investment to towns helps keep police, firefighters, EMS employed
Provides direct checks to working families & children, unemployment benefits through September
Helps get schools open
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that key provisions he helped lead have been included in the final COVID-19 relief package. The provisions include  waiving federal income taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits received in 2020 for households earning less than $150,000, and  dedicated investment in expanding broadband connectivity, particularly in unserved rural areas, to help families work and learn, and to access doctors, vaccine appointments, and job applications from home.
During the negotiations surrounding the new relief package, Gottheimer helped lead a request to Congressional leadership that tax relief for unemployed Americans be included within the bill, citing a recent survey which showed that almost 40% of Americans were not aware that unemployment benefits would be taxed — potentially leaving millions with a surprise tax bill this year.
Gottheimer also led a bipartisan effort to urge Congressional leadership to dedicate a portion of the $350 billion in COVID-19 relief to state and local governments to address broadband connectivity in rural areas.
“This new relief package builds on the bipartisan, bicameral emergency down payment we got signed into law back in December. It’s supported by a majority of Republicans and Democrats across the country. It will deliver critical lifelines for our families and communities, our restaurants and small businesses, to help schools reopen safely, to provide direct checks to our residents, and to continue expanding vaccine distribution in New Jersey and nationwide. This new investment is to help get our economy going, keep kids fed, get more vaccines in people's arms, and ensure our businesses can thrive. We're almost there, and this boost will help get us over the finish line,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “It’s important to remember that this new package includes provisions supported by both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress, like the broadband investment I helped lead to expand connectivity for underserved, rural, and lower-income communities. Being able to connect to quality internet services is not a luxury, it is foundational to our nation’s recovery and ability to successfully compete in a post-COVID economy.”
Gottheimer continued, "The new package passing today also includes direct investment for every single county and town government across the Fifth District, as well as federal investment to improve local infrastructure — something that's incredibly important for Northern New Jersey."
The new COVID-19 relief package being considered in Congress for final passage includes:
The new COVID-19 relief package includes the following estimated direct investments to Fifth District counties and local governments:
The new COVID-19 package has widespread support across the nation and across the aisle:
Polling from Politico and Morning Consult released today shows that 75% of Americans support the new relief bill, including nearly 60% of Republican voters.
Polling released this week by Pew Research found that a majority (63%) of lower-income Republicans favor the new relief bill.