Matsui Statement on the House Passage of the American Rescue Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2021 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued the following statement after the House passage of the American Rescue Plan.
“Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has demanded that Americans make difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of their loved ones,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Right now, we stand at a crossroads. With the vaccine providing us with light at the end of the tunnel, it is more crucial than ever that we provide American families with the support they need to outlast this virus. We cannot let these months become a question of economic stability versus our collective health – and that is why the American Rescue Plan is a bold, comprehensive package that meets the magnitude of the crisis we continue to face. That means additional direct payments, unemployment benefits and small business support. The scaling up of our public health infrastructure to help our health care workforce vaccinate as many Americans as they can, as fast as they can.”
“The American people need to know that help is on the way,” Matsui continued. “Earlier this week, we passed the horrific number of 500,000 American lives lost from this deadly disease. With new strains emerging and infecting Americans across the country, we are in a race against time. This package is the aggressive action that we need to prevent more human and economic costs of inaction. I have had many discussions with community members across the region, and I have fought hard to make sure that the needs of Sacramentans are met with the urgency they deserve.”
The American Rescue Plan will:
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