Roybal-Allard Statement on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Washington, DC – Tonight, The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219 to 212 to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Unveiled last month by President Joe Biden, the American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that will provide $1,400 in direct checks for Americans making under $75,000 annually, a $400 per week supplemental unemployment bonus, funding for additional vaccine distribution, funding to aid schools, state and local governments, and more.
U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement:
“In the traumatic year since the COVID-19 pandemic attacked our country and the world, countless families have experienced heart-shattering personal losses. Parents, children, friends, neighbors, and colleagues have lost their lives fighting the virus. Businesses have shuttered, schools have closed, and our way of life with family and friends has nearly disappeared.
“President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is a courageous and positive step to address the destructive tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic. I applaud my Democratic colleagues who crafted this bold and unprecedented response in support of the American people. I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan on behalf of my constituents and the nation as a whole.
“This bill will provide individuals and families, including those of mixed status, with an economic impact payment of $1,400 to help pay for essentials such as food, utilities, rent, medicine, and other life-saving essentials. It will ensure unemployed workers can continue to receive unemployment benefits during our emergency economic shut down. And it will ensure the continuation of critical food assistance for those in need.
“The legislation will also provide much-needed assistance to homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments and provide resources to help families pay their back-rent to prevent eviction and homelessness. And finally, the American Rescue Plan will recognize the dignity of work by raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. This wage increase is critical to ensuring all working families are earning a living wage to meet their most basic needs.
“Beyond vital pocketbook issues, the legislation also reinforces the primary responsibility of our federal government to respond effectively to the pandemic by activating the Defense Production Act to ensure a more prolific means by which to guarantee the supply of the materials we need to manufacture the vaccine and the hardware needed to inject it into the arms of individuals to prevent further spread of the virus. To address the weaknesses in our public health infrastructure’s ability to respond to the crisis, the legislation also provides funding to support critical community health centers, which are vital to the health care needs of my constituents and Americans nationwide.“This pandemic is unlike anything our world has encountered in over one hundred years. This robust package is a testament to the strength of our country and its responsibility and ability to meet the challenge of any crisis. I heartily commend President Biden and my colleagues in the House and Senate who have worked so hard on behalf of the American people to address the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken the precious lives of over 500,000 Americans.”