Meng Helps Pass Nearly $2 Trillion American Rescue Plan Act

Feb 27, 2021
Press Release
Legislation is an urgently needed package to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced today that she helped pass the nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) early this morning in the House of Representatives.
 
“House Democrats promised to help bring our nation back together and deliver relief from COVID-19. This morning, we fulfilled part of that promise and passed the American Rescue Plan Act – a bold, transformative relief package that will address pressing economic and health issues caused by the pandemic,” said Meng. “And this comes at a critical moment as our nation passed the grim milestone of over 500,000 COVID-19 deaths and nearly 30 million people infected. New Yorkers and Americans throughout the country continue to need help. Millions of families struggle to pay for food, rent, and utilities. Eight out of ten minority-owned businesses are on the brink of closure. Nearly 12 million children are food insecure and 16 million children are without internet access. And over 2.3 million women have been forced to leave the workforce entirely, including 1 million mothers. That is why I introduced the Marshall Plan for Moms – to be a blueprint to help moms rise above this pandemic, and have fought for small businesses. I have also championed the issue of bringing internet access to millions of families so that children are not left out of their classrooms and learning.
 
In order to help our country recover, we need to crush the virus, once and for all. This bill provides needed funding to help this crucial effort: survival checks, critical assistance for vaccinations, unemployment insurance, school reopenings, child care, and so much more. I’m especially proud the American Rescue Plan includes my bill for internet access for families, and a number of provisions of the Marshall Plan for Moms. This pandemic has made a colossal impact in the lives of every single person across our nation. Nearly a year ago, when my congressional district was at the epicenter of the epicenter, we faced this pandemic up close; and we must not ever go back to those days. We need a solution that meets this moment – and the American Rescue Plan does just that. We have a moral duty to get this done. I urge the Senate to expeditiously approve the House passed measure and get it to President Biden’s desk.”
 
The American Rescue Plan Act would:
 
  • Provide working families with a direct payment of $1,400 per person – on top of the $600 from the last relief bill – bringing the total relief payment to $2,000 per person;
  • Make the child tax credit fully refundable for 2021 and increases the annual amount from the current $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6);
  • Provide over $20 billion to establish a national COVID-19 vaccination program and improve the administration and distribution of vaccinations;
  • Provide $51 billion to expand testing, contact tracing, and mitigation and related activities;
  • Provide $7.6 billion to expand internet connectivity to students and communities;
  • Extend and increase the federal supplemental unemployment benefit through August 29 and increase the weekly supplemental benefit from the current $300 per week to $400 per week;
  • Provide nearly $40 billion to rescue the child care system from the brink of collapse;
  • Provide $26 billion for emergency rental assistance to help struggling families continue to have a safe place to live during this pandemic;
  • Provide $10 billion help homeowners with mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and other housing related costs;
  • Extends SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent (through September 30, 2021);
  • Provide over $5 billion in P-EBT to combat food insecurity for families with school-aged children;
  • Create $25 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help restaurants and bars that have been affected by COVID-19;
  • Additional $7.25 billion for PPP funding and $15 billion for COVID-19 emergency grants for small businesses;
  • $350 billion for new relief funds for first responders, frontline health care workers, and other essential workers;
  • Provide $350 billion for state and local funding;
  • Provide nearly $130 billion to help K-12 schools reopen safely; and
  • Provide funding for dozens of other critical initiatives.
  
Meng has also led legislation with Senator Markey to help close the digital divide during COVID-19; her and Senator Markey’s legislation is included in the nearly $2 trillion relief package. Meng has also led an initiative to urge Congress to develop a Marshall Plan for Moms that calls for a transformative investment to help mothers who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The American Rescue Plan Act, which passed 219-212, now heads to the Senate for consideration.