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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several bills into law Tuesday to help people and businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including one that will distribute one-time payments of $600 to nearly 6 million Californians.

“This $7.6 billion dollars of direct relief that we’re providing today not only supports small businesses, but supports, as the pro tem said, some 5.

7 million Californians with direct stimulus check relief,” Newsom said at a news conference Tuesday.

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The stimulus package will include direct relief payments of at least $600 to people making less than $75,000, which represents a total of 5.7 million payments to low-income Californians. The payments will be sent to taxpayers within 45 to 60 days after they file their 2020 tax returns. Stimulus payments will also be sent to immigrants, regardless of status.

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The package also includes grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses; waives state license fees for restaurants, bars, salons and barbershops; and gives another $24 million for financial assistance and services through Housing for the Harvest, which supports farmworkers who have had to quarantine due to COVID-19.

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“Californians have been hurting. Our response tackles the human and economic impacts of COVID in a way that echoes President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and will help those who are hurting most,” state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement. “We are building an economic foundation for the recovery of jobs, small businesses and, indeed, our everyday lives.”

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Harris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package

Vice President Harris on Monday pushed for Congress to provide aid to cities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic by passing the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

“This plan includes critical support for those communities that have been hardest hit, keeping small businesses open and first responders on the job,” she said during her virtual keynote address at CityLab.

The package directs $350 billion in funds to state and local governments, a provision Republicans have criticized. The Senate is expected to vote on the package this week after the House passed it early Saturday morning.

“With so many people living so close together, cities have been particularly hard hit. Cities leaders around the world have responded with innovation,” Harris said, mentioning outdoor clinics, redesigned public spaces, and WiFi hot spots.

“[The] president and I are pushing the United States Congress to finish passing our American Rescue Plan so cities have the resources they need to innovate and replicate the best ideas,” she added. 

CityLab is organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute and also included speeches from Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. 

The vice president said in her keynote address that she has spoken with U.S. mayors for months about the administration’s plan for coronavirus relief.

“[Wi]thout exception, they have said our cities need this plan to survive. So, I’m going to be clear, survival is not the end game. We want our cities and our companies to thrive, not just survive,” she said. 

The Senate is expected to make changes to the bill that House passed, including removing the provision that raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Senators will undergo a marathon voting session this week that will allow any senator to force an amendment vote. 

Harris also said that cities will benefit from infrastructure improvements that will lead to good union jobs and support for small businesses like access to capital.

“I was a city leader in San Francisco, and I know what’s needed in our cities. I know what’s possible also. I know what you make possible,” she said.

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