House and Senate Democrats unveil COVID-19 relief bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House and Senate Democrats have released a plan that looks to spend $2.2 billion in federal aid money on COVID-19 relief efforts in Washington state. The plan includes $618 million to boost vaccination efforts and contact tracing, and also includes $668 million for school assistance, $365 million to aid renters and landlords and $240 million for grants to businesses. The bill also looks to spend $50 million for emergency child-care funding and $65 million for the Immigrant Relief Fund. The new legislation crafted between state House and Senate Democrats is one a series of bills being fast-tracked in the Legislature to provide different types of relief.