WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Jeff Merkley says he has been working on getting the next CARES Act passed.
After months of waiting for the bill to be passed, Merkley said he is still recieving pushback from the current admistration because of a split caucus.
The senator believes that with pressure from both ends of the political spectrum, the adminstration will eventually pass the bill that would provide relief for several matters concerning everything from healthcare to unemployment.
He is also hoping the COVID-19 vaccine will be approved by the FDA and that a distribution plan will be established to help in slowing the spread of the deadly virus. Part of this distribution plan would need to include the capability for ultra-cold storage for the vaccines.
In addition to COVID-19 relief, Merkley is calling on FEMA to take full financial responsibilty for debris clean up and protective measures in areas affected by the recent fires across the Rogue Valley.
Typically, the senator says, FEMA will assume 75-90 percent of the financial burden after a disaster. He believes the recent disaster is an exception for coverage because of how distructive it was. It would not be the first time FEMA took 100 percent financial responsibility, as they were able to make that accomadation in California following the Paradise fire.
Merkley is asking for anyone still in need of FEMA assistance to sign up by the latest deadline, November 30th.