Local congressman shares his thoughts on need for coronavirus stimulus bill

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) One local congressman is sharing his thoughts on the need for a coronavirus stimulus bill.

Rep. Neal Dunn says a coronavirus stimulus bill is needed for the local economy with a suffering tourism industry. (WJHG/WECP)

Congressman Dr. Neal Dunn said the coronavirus is catastrophic for the local hospitality industry.

Senate leaders came close to reaching an agreement Wednesday on a $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill, but failed.

It would've provided $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits, and $500 billion in loans to distressed companies.

”I really think it’s important that we do everything we can to help them. We don’t want them to have to furlough their employees and we don’t want the employers to go bust. We want them to still be around when it’s over, and it’s going to end before long,” said Dr. Dunn.

Dunn added that he believes the virus will go away as the climate gets more hot and humid in the coming months.

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