Democrats Deliver Desperately Needed COVID-19 Relief to American People
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, H.R. 1319, an expanded, emergency financial relief and investment package to address the unprecedented public health and economic crisis of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Immediately after the vote, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) said:
“The American Rescue Plan is all about meeting the magnitude of the moment for my constituents. Lives are on the line, and this historic package will put dollars into families’ pockets, get people back to work, return children and teachers safely to the classroom, improve vaccine distribution, and strengthen our economy so that we can continue to build back better—all while crushing the virus. The Biden-Harris Administration and Congressional Democrats pledged direct relief to the people and small businesses who need it most. This landmark, life-changing piece of legislation makes good on that promise.”
The American Rescue Plan will:
- Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis. The American Rescue Plan fulfills President Biden’s promise of $2,000 per person in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December. The bill will also extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million workers can pay their bills, provide direct housing assistance and nutrition support for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable childcare and affordable healthcare, and make 27 million children eligible for the expanded Child Tax Credit and 17 million low-wage, childless workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Defeat the virus and safely reopen schools. The American Rescue Plan establishes a national vaccination plan that includes setting up community vaccination sites in all 50 states. The package will also scale up testing and tracing, remedy shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, invest in high-quality treatments, prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers, and address health disparities.
- Support small businesses and communities struggling with the economic fallout. The American Rescue Plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses—especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination—with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants, expanded Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility, and much more. The bill also includes crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, and countless essential workers.