FRAMINGHAM – Congresswoman Katherine Clark issued a statement on the final passage of the American Rescue Plan by Congress.
President Joseph Biden is expected to sign the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law on Friday.
The nearly $2 trillion price tag makes it one of the most expensive pieces of legislation in U.S. history.
The package includes direct stimulus payments of $1,400.
The plans also extends unemployment compensation and continues eviction and foreclosure moratorium.
It provides funds for state and local governments to help compensate for lost tax revenues, money for schools from kindergarten through eighth grade to safely reopen amidst the pandemic, and subsidizes COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs, and it helps many small businesses, including restaurants.
“Today is a hopeful day in America. Congress has sent a historic bill to the President’s desk that will crush the coronavirus and provide transformative support for American families. Right now, over two million women have been pushed out of the workforce and 12 million children are facing hunger, and we are answering these unprecedented challenges with unprecedented progress,” said the Assistant Speaker. “The American Rescue Plan will deliver funding to reopen schools safely, vaccinate all Americans, stabilize our small businesses, cut child poverty in half, deliver survival checks, and invest directly in child care, finally honoring its role as an essential piece of our economic infrastructure.”
“Fundamentally, this bill is about putting the American people first. It aids the communities hardest hit and lifts up those struggling the most. From economic to racial and gender injustice, the pandemic brought into stark relief persistent inequities that have long endured in America. We are disrupting these patterns of disparity and providing hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting Americans that too often have been left out and left behind,” said Congresswoman Clark. ““With recovery on the horizon and optimism in what is possible, I am proud to have supported this bill and eager for it to be signed into law by President Biden.”