WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued the following statement after passage of the American Rescue Plan. This legislation will now go to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
“Today, we are sending a clear message to the American people that help is on the way. The American Rescue Plan is a long-awaited lifeline – delivering on Democrats’ promise to take bold action to defeat the virus and bring much-needed aid,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “With tens of millions of Americans infected, more than half a million lives lost, and over 18 million Americans unemployed we were long overdue for decisive action. Expanding vaccine distribution far and wide, additional $1,400 checks, food assistance, rental assistance and unemployment insurance will help prevent a disastrous wave of hunger, death, and economic strain. Our nation has suffered too much and for too long.”
“This package will aid millions and help save American lives, but also begin the process of recovery.” Matsui continued. “The American Rescue Plan puts us on the right path – but as we face down the remainder of this crisis, we must continue to demand action to create jobs and provide for American families. Sacramento has shown incredible resilience throughout the pandemic, and I will continue to fight for our region and safeguard the livelihoods of all Sacramentans.”
The American Rescue Plan will:
- Put Vaccines in Arms: The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities.
- Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan will make a nearly $130 billion investment in school re-opening and making up for lost learning.
- Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the President’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December. The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and supporting 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Put People Back In Jobs: The 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 EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.
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