Sarbanes Votes to Pass Final Version of the American Rescue Plan, Sends COVID-19 Relief Package to President Biden’s Desk
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to pass the final version of the American Rescue Plan:
“My colleagues and I are proud to deliver this critical COVID-19 relief effort to American families and small businesses across the country.
“It will help put money in people’s pockets, keep roofs over heads, place food on kitchen tables, bring millions of children out of poverty, extend unemployment benefits to laid-off workers, support small businesses, increase access to affordable health insurance, expand child care and allow our schools to safely reopen.
“It will also make significant investments to control the pandemic and save lives by speeding up COVID-19 vaccine distribution and ensuring that it reaches every community in America – especially in communities of color, which have disproportionally suffered from the virus.
“Importantly, the final version of the American Rescue Plan includes more than $6.3 billion for state and local governments in Maryland. This funding will support first responders, health care professionals, sanitation personnel, transit operators and other essential workers who have risked their health and safety to provide vital services to our communities during this public health emergency.
“The American Rescue Plan will help us get to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic and pave the way for a prosperous and equitable recovery in the months ahead.”
See here for more information about the American Rescue Plan.