Cicilline Statement on American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement this morning after the House passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

“We promised to deliver the relief the American people need. Today, we are making good on that promise.”

“Once it is passed by the Senate, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will put money in the pockets of working people and help end this pandemic as soon as possible.”

“The American people deserve to know that help is on the way. This $1.9 trillion package speeds up the delivery of vaccines, ramps up testing and tracing, and expands access to affordable health care. I’m especially pleased that it includes another round of survival checks, a raise for millions of workers, increased unemployment benefits, much-needed help for small businesses, and resources to allow schools to reopen safely.”

The American Rescue Plan includes:

Increasing the Direct Payments to Working Families, Bringing Total Relief Payment to $2,000 Per Person

  • Giving working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person – bringing their total relief payment to $2,000 per person.

Aggressive Action to Speed Up Vaccinations, Contain the Virus, and Provide for Schools to Be Safely Reopened

  • Providing funding 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.
  • Providing funding to expand testing and contract tracing programs across the country.
  • Providing schools with the resources they need to reopen safely.

Immediate Economic Relief for Americans Hit Hardest

  • Extending and expanding unemployment benefits.
  • Strengthening and expanding federal nutrition programs to address the current hunger crisis.
  • Providing funding for rental assistance and extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until September 30, 2021.
  • Providing funding for child care.
  • Getting additional economic relief to many families by making the child tax credit fully refundable.
  • Ensuring through COBRA, ACA and Medicaid the opportunity for unemployed and low-income Americans to obtain access to affordable health insurance.

Support for Struggling Communities

  • Providing crucial resources to save the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers, and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.
  • 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 a vital role in their communities.

Resources for Schools to Reopen Safely

  • Repairing ventilation systems, reducing class sizes, and implementing social distancing guidelines.
  • Purchasing personal protective equipment.
  • Hiring support staff to care for students’ health and well-being.
  • Ensures 20 percent of the funding that schools receive must be reserved to address and remediate learning loss among students.

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