Sunday, October 25, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, March 28, 2020
COVID Relief Bill Directs Minimum $1.25B to Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 4:32 AM :: 1040 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

Case Lauds Quick House Passage of $2.2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill

Measure includes critical funds for Hawai‘i workers, families, businesses and health care providers

News Release from Rep Ed Case, Washington, March 27, 2020

(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) issued this statement today on U.S. House passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

"The House's expedited passage today of the CARES Act is a critical step forward in delivering critical assistance to the American people in this time of public health and economic crisis,” said Case.

“The CARES Act targets assistance to those who are in the most dire need today: our workers and their families, our small businesses and our health care providers.

"I'm especially supportive of its provisions to deliver massive aid to key Hawai‘i industries like travel and tourism conditioned on keeping worker jobs, boosting our strained unemployment benefits for those whose jobs have been lost, providing $377 billion in additional resources to our small businesses and delivering critical personal protective equipment to our front-line medical professionals.

"In the weeks ahead, the full resources of my office will remain focused on working with my federal, state, local and community colleagues to get all of this assistance to where it is needed as fast and comprehensively as possible.

"I ask anyone with questions on what is available or how to apply to go to my website,, at the COVID-19 tab for comprehensive information on CARES and Congress' two prior assistance measures, on the resources now available, and on COVID-19 overall.

"We are available to answer any questions at my District Office in Honolulu at ph. (808) 650-6688 or at this link:

Highlights of the measure of special interest to Hawai‘i include:

·       $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund: Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. There is a guaranteed minimum payment of $1.25 billion to any state with a guaranteed share of that payment of 45% to municipalities with a population of 500,000 or more (Honolulu). 

·       $260 Billion in Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.

·       Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans: Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.

·       More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief: Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.

·       Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers and Health Research: Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.

·       $25 billion for passenger air carriers: This will allow passenger airlines to continue paying employee wages, salaries and benefits. There is an additional $4 billion for cargo air carriers and up to $3 billion for airline contractors that will provide financial assistance for the exclusive use of employee wages, salaries and benefits.

·       Election Assistance:  Provides $400 million for Election Assistance Grants for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections. COVID-19 is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals. Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail.

Attachments: Summaries of H.R. 748

CARES Act Section by Section Summary

CARES Act Title by Title Summary



TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii


Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii