Congress Passes American Rescue Plan

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021 in Current Events
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This week’s Election Central post reports on passage of the latest legislative effort to fight COVID-19 and help improve the weakened economy.

Many American families are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID legislation passed by the federal government in 2020 included:

  • direct financial relief payments to workers and families
  • the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses
  • a Coronavirus Relief Fund that gives payments to state, local, and tribal governments
  • payroll support to businesses and job creators to slow unemployment and
  • the Emergency Rental Assistance program to assist households struggling to stay in their residence due the economic effects of the pandemic.

But the latest piece of legislation–the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan–has a much wider scope. It needed lots of political negotiating before finally being passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Here, Election Central takes a closer look at the provisions of the new plan, some of the opposition to it, and what it will mean for American families.

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