Representative Malinowski Votes to Get Urgently Needed Relief to the American People
(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion relief package to address the unprecedented COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. This legislation will accelerate vaccine distribution, speed the opening of schools, provide direct support to millions of struggling Americans, and dramatically lower health care costs for middle class families. Rep. Malinowski voted in favor of the bill. President Biden is expected to sign the legislation into law this week.
“The American Rescue Plan will help us crush this pandemic once and for all, ease the suffering of millions of Americans, while making health care more affordable and cutting child poverty in our country in half,” said Rep. Malinowski. “It also provides the direct aid to our small towns and counties that I’ve been fighting for, allowing them to maintain the services we need without raising taxes. The moment President Biden signs this, we can start getting people help, and there is not a moment to be lost.”
The American Rescue Act Plan will:
- Speed up COVID-19 vaccinations and contain the virus: The bill provides $20 billion to establish a national vaccination program and improve the administration and distribution of vaccinations. It also provides $51 billion to expand testing, contact tracing, and mitigation and related activities.
- Provide the resources needed to allow schools to safely re-open: This bill makes nearly $130 billion available to states and school districts for immediate and long-term relief so they can work with public health experts to safely re-open schools and make up for lost time in the classroom.
- Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis: The bill will provide direct assistance to households across America by $1,400 per person and extend pandemic unemployment assistance through September. It will also provide direct housing and nutrition assistance to families struggling to get by. It will also the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 to $3,000 (with a more generous $3,600 credit for children under the age of 6), while making the credit fully refundable. It is estimated that these changes will lift nearly 10 million children across the U.S. above or closer to the poverty line.
- Support communities struggling with the economic fallout: The bill increases Paycheck Protection Program funding by $7.25 billion and expands eligibility to ensure it reaches nonprofits of all sizes and types. The bill also provides $25 billion for a new grant program for restaurants and bars with 20 or fewer locations that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Additionally, the bill includes $15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Advances to help those who applied for relief in 2020 but did not receive the full $10,000 grant.
- Include $350 billion in emergency funding for state and local governments: The bill provides resources for state and local governments to make up for revenue lost due to the economic crisis, enabling them to protect the jobs of first responders and public workers, while effectively distributing the vaccine, scaling testing, reopening schools, and maintaining other vital services.
- Rescue the child care system from the brink of collapse: The bill provides $39 billion through the Child Care and Development Block Grant for child care providers as the country reopens and provides financial relief for families struggling to cover tuition.
- Improve healthcare coverage: The bill includes the largest expansion of health care coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, including lower monthly premiums for millions of middle class Americans who previously did not qualify for ACA subsidies, and a coverage expansion for millions more who are currently uninsured. The bill invests nearly $35 billion in premium subsidy increases for those who buy coverage on the ACA marketplaces. This equates to a family of four making $75,000 paying $340 rather than $588 per month in premiums for benchmark coverage.