Rep. Antonio Delgado (AP Photo) Rep. Antonio Delgado (AP Photo)

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) led an effort to get funding for local businesses and family farms affected by the coronavirus pandemic included in the latest relief package. On April 23, the House passed emergency legislation that included a bill introduced by Delgado, to support small business relief programs. 

“Today, I voted, along with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to provide increased emergency relief for our farmers, small businesses, and hospitals, as well as address the urgent need to increase our testing capacity,” said Delgado in a press release.

The bill included funding for Small Business Administration programs, hospitals and rural health centers, and a national testing strategy. It also had an important clarification that allowed farmers access to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants. 

Earlier this month, Rep. Delgado joined a bipartisan group of members to push for including small farmers in this legislation. The congressman also led the group in writing a letter to the administrator of the Small Business Administration. 

The letter called for immediate and swift action to prevent potential discrimination against farmers and rural areas. Prior to this change, farmers were considered ineligible for any assistance in the program.

“There is much more work ahead, including ensuring we provide state and local funding in support of our counties and municipalities doing critical work to provide services across our communities here in upstate New York,” said Delgado. 

This legislation will funded the following programs:

– $310 billion dollars to the Paycheck Protection Program

-$60 billion set aside for community-based lending institutions

– $50 billion for economic injury disaster loans (EIDL)

– $10 billion for the EIDL emergency grants

– $75 billion for hospitals

-$25 billion to increase testing capacity

-$600 million for community health centers and federally qualified health centers

-$225 million for rural health clinics