Rep. García Votes to Adopt Budget Resolution, A Key Tool to Accelerate Passing COVID Relief for Working Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Resolution. Adopting this budget enables Congress to act quickly and decisively to deliver the robust relief that families, workers, and communities need to combat the coronavirus pandemic and uplift the economy. Congressman García issued the following statement:
“It’s been a year since COVID-19 hit the United States and families in my district are suffering. The sick are still splitting pills, diabetics are still rationing insulin, and families are doubling up in homes to keep relatives off the streets. Small businesses can barely keep the lights on and their employees on payroll. The Northwest and Southwest sides of Chicago have some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection, and every week I find myself attending another wake. The pandemic is destroying lives and livelihoods, and the most vulnerable communities in Chicago and across the country are bearing the disproportionate impact of this economic and health crisis.
“Today, I voted to adopt the $1.9 trillion budget resolution to deliver the relief that families in my district urgently need. We need to support small businesses, protect frontline workers, get the vaccine out as fast and as equitably as possible, and get the American economy back on its feet. Adopting the budget resolution is an essential first step to implement the comprehensive relief laid out in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.”
The American Rescue Plan would:
- Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis – The plan will provide financial assistance to households across America by providing $1,400 per person, bringing the total (including the $600 down payment enacted in December) to $2,000. The plan will also provide housing and nutrition assistance to families in need, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, and extend and expand Unemployment Insurance.
- Support communities struggling with the economic fallout – The plan will provide support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially minority owned business. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers, and other essential workers.
- Beat the virus and safely reopen schools – The plan will begin a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide. It will scale up testing and tracing, address the shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, invest in high-quality treatments and correct health care disparities. The plan will also make the investments necessary to safely reopen schools.
A detailed report of the FY 2021 Budget can be found here.