Congress members working to get American Rescue Plan package passed

DELAWARE – Congress members say they’re working to get a new COVID-19 relief package passed. The $20 billion American Rescue Plan package would bolster vaccine manufacturing and distribution, set up more mass vaccination sites, and improve communication about vaccines. “Over 500,000 Americans have lost their lives and peoples’ families – all of us – have been touched. We require bold efforts to make a difference in crushing this virus,” said U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester.

The package would also provide $1,400 stimulus checks and funding for schools, food and housing assistance, and first responders. Rep. Blunt Rochester says she and other Democratic leaders are working across the aisle to get it passed. “This plan has broad bipartisan support. It enjoys it outside of Washington, as well as all around us,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester.

Rep. Blunt Rochester adds legislators need to act now, before it’s too late. “We need a relief package that’s the scope that meets the magnitude of this moment. The American Rescue Package does just that. From investing $2 billion in vaccines, to the intentional investment in the distribution,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester.

House members are expected to vote on the bill Friday. If the bill passes the House, it will go to the Senate, and eventually will be voted on by Congress as a whole. President Joe Biden will have ten days to sign the bill into law if it gets to his desk.

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