Senator Tina Smith says the bill addresses her three top priorities: help for individuals, small businesses, and the health care system. Smith says the package also includes over 22 billion dollars to help states pay for testing and COVID vaccine distribution:

“The vaccines are a real bright spot for us in this long, dark winter, and the fact that we’re helping states to get those vaccines distributed I think is gonna make a big difference for Minnesota.”

Smith says her measure to extend telehealth is included in the bill, plus strong support for mental health care.