DelBene Shapes American Rescue Plan’s Focus on Families and Workers
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives, with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) support, passed the American Rescue Plan, a sweeping relief bill that will help local communities combat the COVID-19 pandemic and give additional resources to workers and families during this difficult time.
“My district, where the first known cases and deaths of COVID-19 were identified, has been combatting this virus for over a year now. Our communities need more support and this legislation shows that relief is Congress’ top priority,” said DelBene. “With a pandemic still raging and a fragile economy, this bill meets the moment of this crisis to support our workers, families, small businesses, and public health response.”
The bill includes two provisions focused on families and workers that DelBene championed:
The relief package also includes:
The American Rescue Plan now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take the bill up in the coming weeks before the March 14 deadline for enhanced federal unemployment assistance. Any differences will have to be worked out before the legislation can be signed by President Biden.
A summary of the bill can be found here.