Rep. Deutch Statement on Passage of American Rescue Plan
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate-passed American Rescue Plan, 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:
"Today, Congress followed through on our promise to the American people with a transformative plan to put money in their pockets and vaccines in their arms; to safely send children back to school and workers back to their jobs; and to crush this virus and get Americans back on their feet. The American Rescue Plan is our commitment to the health and financial success of America’s working families.
"We’re helping Americans facing tighter budgets and slimmer margins at home with enhanced unemployment benefits, direct payments, and housing assistance. Child poverty will be cut in half through an expanded child tax credit covering 27 million children. Seventeen million low-wage childless workers will benefit from an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
"Forty million Americans will see a boost in nutrition assistance. An estimated 4.5 million Americans will gain health care coverage from expanded Affordable Care Act subsidies, and up to 2 million low-income Americans could benefit from states like Florida expanding Medicaid using incentives included in this bill.
"Counties and cities with major budget shortfalls will get critical aid to keep frontline workers safely on the job, and restaurants will get the boost they need to stay open. And with the virus still spreading, this rescue plan supports our testing, tracing, and mitigation programs and distributes PPE and other supplies.
"This pandemic left a deep toll on our country, leaving no family or industry untouched. The American Rescue Plan sets the American people on a safer and more financially secure path out of the pandemic."
State and Local Assistance
Under the state and local assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan, the State of Florida will receive $10.232 billion; Metro cities in Florida will collectively receive $1.465 billion and other non-county jurisdictions will receive $1.397 billion; Counties will receive $4.165 billion.
Broward County: $378.73 million
Palm Beach County: $290.29 million
Miami-Dade County: $526.93 million
Boca Raton: $11.22 million
Boynton Beach: $14.91 million
Coconut Creek: $7.92 million
Coral Springs: $19.81 million
Deerfield Beach: $17.22 million
Delray Beach: $13.24 million
Fort Lauderdale: $39.60 million
Margate: $9.52 million
Pompano Beach: $26.00 million
The Biden American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:
The American Rescue Plan is strongly supported by a large majority of the American people – including 60 percent of Republicans – bipartisan state and local leaders, national education groups, trade unions and advocacy organizations and hundreds of businesses and chambers of commerce. Economists agree that the American Rescue Plan’s targeted, evidence-based action is needed – both for struggling families and for the American economy. The legislation’s provisions will generate $1.25 for every $1 of spending, will cut child poverty in half and will lift nearly 12 million people out of poverty.