Washington House allocates $2.2 billion in COVID funding

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House has passed a bill that would allocate $2.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding. The bill, which advanced from the House by a 61-36 vote late Monday, now moves to the Senate.   The Olympian reports the measure directs federal funding to an array of high-priority areas for relief. Over $668 million goes to K-12 schools using a funding formula tied to how many low-income families are in a district. Another big chunk, $618 million, goes into a COVID-19 Public Health Response Account, for efforts such as testing and contact tracing — $68 million of which is earmarked specifically for planning for, preparing and deploying the COVID-19 vaccine.