Texas Democrat Support for American Rescue Plan

Texas Democrat Support for American Rescue Plan

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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March 1, 2021

On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan proposed by President Joe Biden to accelerate the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.

First proposed on January 14, 2021, the package builds upon many of the measures in the CARES Act from March and in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 from December. It includes $1,400 in direct checks for Americans making under $75,000, a $400 per week supplemental unemployment bonus, money for vaccine distribution, and funding to aid schools and state and local governments. The bill also includes a provision raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025,

Although previous coronavirus relief bills have passed with bipartisan support, Republicans have been critical of the high price tag and the inclusion of provisions they see as unrelated to the crisis. The House bill was passed by a vote of 219-212 along party lines. All Republicans voted against the bill and were joined by only Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR-D) and Jared Golden (ME-D).

The House bill will now head to the Senate, where it must be approved by a simple majority after Congressional Democrats opted to use the procedural maneuver known as budget reconciliation to pass the bill.

“Today, House Democrats stood firm in their support of the American people who have been suffering for over a year due to the lasting economic, medical, and emotional effects of this pandemic,” wrote Democrat Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa in a press release. “Democrats today took the first step in making sure American families receive survival checks while also securing billions of dollars for unemployment insurance, schools, small businesses, and a national vaccine program that will both expand and speed up our vaccine rollout across the country.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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