Updated: March 27, 2020 05:59 PM
Created: March 27, 2020 04:10 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico's congressional delegation voted in favor Friday of the coronavirus relief package.
"I know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck," said Rep. Deb Haaland. "The stimulus packag provides direct payments to working families, so they can pay bills."
The package, which was signed by the president, allows for the disbursement of 1,200 dollar checks for individuals who make less than $75,000. People will also get an additional $500 for each child they have.
The packages also will allow hundreds of billions of dollars to be sent to hospitals and small businesses.
Rep. Xochilt Torres Small said the bill isn't perfect, but she says it gets New Mexicans the support they need, as quickly as possible.
New Mexico will receive $1.25 billion from the package. The money will go to conronavirus-related expenses.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said he is "grateful for the strong leadership that brought forward a bill that invests in our health care infrastructure, supports workers and small businesses, and puts families first."
The three Democratic representatives from New Mexico joined the two U.S. Senators in supporting the bill, which was signed by the president.
Pres. Trump said he is hopeful that people will receive their checks by the end of April.
The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement:
This massive and historic relief package demonstrates the Trump Administration’s absolute dedication to the American people. Today’s swift signing by the President shows that the health, safety and welfare of Americans come first, and this stimulus package will help kick-start the economy, bring back jobs and get New Mexico and America back on track.
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