Senator Crapo votes in favor of the CARES Act


Idaho US Senator Mike Crapo, voted in favor of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which the Senate passed by a vote of 96-0.

The CARES Act is the third package the Senate has passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Crapo says the CARES Act takes a number of steps to preserve and protect the economic foundations of our nation and to help on the front lines of fighting the epidemic:

  • Direct financial help for the American people including cash payments, expanded access to unemployment insurance and delayed tax filing deadlines;
  • Rapid relief for small businesses and incentives to keep their employees on payroll;
  • Significant steps to stabilize our economy, keep businesses open and protect jobs;
  • Bolstered telehealth capabilities and additional flexibilities;
  • Increased support for health care services at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities;
  • Ensured patient access to any future COVID-19 vaccine by waiving cost-sharing requirements in private and federal health insurance programs;
  • Expansion of and increased funding for the Strategic National Stockpile to include personal protective equipment; and
  • More support for the brave health care professionals and the patients fighting the coronavirus on the front lines.