Rep. Deutch Statement on Passage of COVID Relief Plan in House
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, an urgently-needed package to address the health and economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) voted in favor of the legislation and issued this statement:
"Only days after our country hit the grim milestone of 500,000 COVID-19-related deaths, the House moved forward with a bold and urgent plan to protect American lives and livelihoods. We are making remarkable strides in vaccinating the country from this virus, but it doesn’t change the fact that right now over 18 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits, nearly 24 million Americans are food insecure, and 40 million Americans are struggling to afford rent and fear eviction. In addition, the virus continues to spread and deaths continue to rise.
"The House-passed American Rescue Plan strengthens our response to the virus by expanding vaccination sites, scaling up testing and tracing programs, addressing the PPE shortage, and investing resources to safely reopen our schools.
"This plan supports Americans struggling economically by sending up to $1,400 checks, offering direct housing and nutrition assistance, extending and expanding unemployment insurance, and offering improved tax credits for families and low-wage childless workers. For small business owners, the bill includes support through EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility, and other programs.
"In addition, this relief package directs crucial funding for local and state governments to help cover costs of first responders, frontline health workers, teachers, transit employees, and other essential workers. This includes $10.3 billion to the state, $379 million for Broward County, $290 million for Palm Beach County, and $1.465 billion to municipalities across Florida.
"The Senate must move quickly to pass this legislation to get relief out to struggling Americans."