House Approves American Rescue Plan
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced that the House passed the American Rescue Plan, H.R. 1319, with his support by a vote of 219 to 212. The Senate is expected to take up the bill in the coming days.
“Congress must go big in order to save lives, help our neighbors, and strengthen the economy.” Congressman Doyle said. “Any inaction or an inadequate response by the government would cause a slower recovery, which would in turn cause unnecessary suffering. With millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to feed their families - and the largest number of COVID deaths in a single month occurring in January - the urgency to pass this bill couldn’t be greater.”
The American Rescue Plan is $1.9 trillion legislation to end the COVID pandemic, reopen schools safely, help individuals and small businesses affected economically by the pandemic, and get the economy back on track. Here are some details of the American Rescue Plan, highlighting the provisions that will help many Americans:
Speed Up Vaccinations and Reopen Schools Safely
- COVID: $160 Billion to create a national vaccination program and speed up the distribution of vaccines, including partnering with state and local governments and setting up community vaccination centers around the United States. The money will also be used to expand testing and contract tracing programs across the country, especially in communities of color, which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
- SCHOOLS: $170 Billion to provide schools with the resources they need to reopen safely. Grants would be provided to school districts to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. Other provisions include strengthening and expanding federal nutrition programs to address the current hunger crisis for school children and their families.
Help for Families and Americans Who’ve Been Hit the Hardest
- STIMULUS CHECKS: Giving working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person.
- UNEMPLOYMENT: Extending federal unemployment benefits through August 29 and increasing the federal supplemental payment from $300 a week to $400 per week.
- CHILD TAX CREDIT: Expanding the child tax credit. Parents would receive a monthly benefit of $300 per child for those age 5 and younger — and $250 per child ages 6 to 17 — for a year. The child tax credit would also be fully refundable.
- MINIMUM WAGE: Gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
- HOUSING: Providing funding for housing assistance and extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until September 30, 2021.
- HUNGER: $16 billion to strengthen and expand federal nutrition programs like SNAP and WIC to address the current hunger crisis.
- CHILD CARE: Providing support for child care providers by increasing funding and expanding access to grants.
- HEALTH INSURANCE: Ensuring that unemployed and low-income Americans can obtain affordable health insurance.
- VETERANS: Providing funding to help the VA meet the health and economic needs of our nation's veterans, including funds to waive copays for treatment and help the VA reduce the claims and appeals backlogs caused by COVID.
Support for Struggling Communities
- STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Providing resources to prevent layoffs of first responders, public health workers, teachers, transit workers, and other essential civil servants.
- SMALL BUSINESSES: Providing additional assistance to small businesses to help stores on Main Streets around the country to stay open, keep their employees on payroll, and continue serving their communities - including additional funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and restaurant grants, expanded PPP eligibility for nonprofits, and support for shuttered and struggling live venues.
Experts like Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, even Former Top Trump Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett agree that Congress Needs to “Go Big” on COVID Relief.
- A Standard & Poor’s (S&P) analysis determined that the American Rescue Plan would restore the economy to pre-pandemic levels by this summer.
- A Moody’s Analytics assessment projected that the American Rescue Plan would take us to full employment a year faster than we would get there without it; this assessment projected over 7.5 million jobs created in 2021 and 2.5 million created in 2022.