U.S. Rep. Lawrence Votes to Pass American Rescue Plan and Deliver Urgent Relief to Michiganders
Washington, DC - Last night, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, landmark, life-saving legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, put money into families’ pockets, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.
“After nearly a year of this pandemic, families, workers, and small businesses across the country have been devastated. Women and communities of color especially are shouldering the burden of this pandemic. The American people have been calling for help, and Congress and this Administration must deliver. The scale of our relief bill must match the scale of this crisis, and the American Rescue Plan meets this moment.
“This comprehensive bill provides the resources necessary to crush this virus; help our schools, small businesses, and cities; get vaccines to the American people; and put dollars into families’ pockets. We cannot afford to sit idly by and do nothing. Last night, I joined my House colleagues in taking urgently-needed action to pass the American Rescue Plan. There’s a lot more work that needs to be done, but we are one step closer to putting our country back on track.”
The American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:
- 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 fulfills 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 and expand unemployment insurance so that 19 million American workers can pay their bills, support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit, and 15 million low-wage workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit. It will give 27 million workers a raise and lift one million out of poverty by raising the federal minimum wage — which House Democrats believe is necessary and will remain in the bill on the Floor today.
- 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.
The bill also includes the following:
- Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund $219.8 billion – Funds for States, territories, and Tribal governments to mitigate the fiscal effects of the pandemic.
- Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund $130.2 billion – Funds for metropolitan cities, counties, and other units of local government to mitigate the fiscal effects of the pandemic.
- State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), Department of the Treasury $10 billion – Supports up to $100 billion in small business financing through state, territorial, and tribal government programs.
- Emergency Connectivity Fund, Federal Communication Commission $7.6 billion – Funds to schools and libraries to purchase connected devices that students can use at home for distance learning.
- COVID Testing, Contact Tracing, and Mitigation, Department of Health and Human Services $46 billion – To support testing, contact tracing, and mitigation activities to effectively monitor and suppress COVID-19.
- Child Care and Head Start, Department of Health and Human Services $40 billion – To support child care programs and early childhood education: $39 billion for Child Care and Development Block Grants, including $24 billion in Child Care Stabilization Funding; and $1 billion for Head Start.
- Providing Over $20 Billion to Establish A National COVID-19 Vaccination Program and Improve the Administration and Distribution of Vaccinations.
- Providing $7.5 billion for the CDC to prepare, promote, distribute, monitor, and track COVID-19 vaccines;
- Providing $7.5 billion for FEMA to establish vaccination sites across the country;
- Providing $5.2 billion to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support advanced research, development, manufacturing, production, and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and ancillary medical products for COVID-19; and
Providing $1 billion for the CDC to undertake a vaccine awareness and engagement campaign.