REP LIEU VOTES TO PASS MASSIVE RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WILL SOON BE SIGNED INTO LAW
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) voted in favor of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act. This vital legislation will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, put vaccines in people’s arms, money into families’ pockets, children safely back into classrooms and people back to work. President Biden will now sign this legislation into law.
“The Biden American Rescue Plan is a triumph. It puts money in the pockets of Americans while also supporting the businesses that struggled during this pandemic. It helps alleviate child poverty and revitalize our economy. It ensures more Americans have access to life-saving vaccines and that children can safely return to school.
“Every Member voting for this bill did so because they put American families first. It was my honor to help get this bill past the finish line and to the President’s desk. This was an incredibly challenging year for all of us, and this relief cannot come soon enough.”
About the Biden American Rescue Plan:
The President’s American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:
- 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.