The Senate approved the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Saturday, over 24 hours after opening debate on the bill. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Biden.
“For over a year the American people were told they were on their own,” said President Biden “This nation has suffered too much for much too long, and everything in this package is designed to relieve the suffering and to meet the most urgent needs of the nation.”
The TCU/IAM Legislative Department played a significant role in the RRB and Transit funding including the Amtrak funding which will expedite the return of the Amtrak workforce.
Some of the major highlights that will affect TCU members in the bill are:
“It is good to finally see meaningful relief for working families who have been impacted by the pandemic,” said TCU President Artie Maratea. “This bill extends the unemployment benefits for workers who are still out of work and provides desperately needed funding for many sectors of commuter rail which I am confident will help get members back to work faster.”