Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Representing the 24th District of Florida

Wilson Votes for Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Mar 10, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson voted for final passage of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, landmark, life-saving legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, put vaccines in people’s arms, money into families’ pockets, children safely back into classrooms and people back to work.  This legislation will now go to President Biden’s desk for his signature.  

“This week is one of great progress and promise for Florida families, communities and small businesses, as I joined my fellow Democrats to pass the American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for final signature,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “With tens of millions of Americans infected, more than half a million lives lost, over 18 million Americans unemployed and millions more hungry and food and housing insecure, the people of Florida can be assured that ‘Help Is On The Way,’ thanks to Democrats’ tireless work to enact this historic legislation.”

The Biden American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:

  • Put Vaccines in Arms: The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities. Saving lives has been a top priority for Congresswoman Wilson, who worked with the Biden administration to secure South Florida’s only mass vaccination site, located on Miami Dade College’s north campus. She also has worked tirelessly to ensure that federally qualified health centers in District 24 receive vaccines and to ensure that her constituents have access to and can take advantage of all the resources available to test, treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
     
  • Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the president’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December, which will benefit an estimated 10 million Florida households. The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.

    The American Rescue Plan increases the Child Tax Credit benefit from $2,000 to $3,000 ($3,600 per child under the age of 6) and ensures that children age 17 qualify. It also updates the Child Tax Credit by removing the income floor, making the credit fully refundable and directs the IRS to pay half of the credit in advance with payments from July 2021 to December 2021. These updates to the Child Tax Credit will improve the  quality of life of 98 percent (4,868,900) of children in Florida under 17
     
  • Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan delivers $170 billion for education and $45 billion for child-care providers. This includes a $130 billion investment in K-12 school re-opening and making up for lost time in the classroom, with funds that can be used for such things as reducing class sizes, modifying spaces so that students and teachers can socially distance, improving ventilation, implementing more mitigation measures, providing personal protective equipment and providing summer school or other support for students that help make up lost learning time this year. Miami-Dade and Broward school districts will receive more than $1 billion and $600 million, respectively. The plan also provides more than $40 billion for higher education.
     
  • Put People Back In Jobs: The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.

The American Rescue Plan is strongly supported by a large majority of the American people – including 60 percent of Republicans – bipartisan state and local leaders, national education groups, trade unions and advocacy organizations and hundreds of businesses and chambers of commerce. Economists agree that the American Rescue Plan’s targeted, evidence-based action is needed – both for struggling families and for the American economy. The legislation’s provisions will generate $1.25 for every $1 of spending, will cut child poverty in half and will lift nearly 12 million people out of poverty.

“Thanks to Congressional Democrats’ decisive action, the American Rescue Plan will make a real difference to protect the lives and livelihoods of Florida families, small businesses and all Americans,” continued Rep. Wilson. “As this life-saving, jobs-creating bill is signed into law, I will keep working with my colleagues on behalf of the people of Florida and all Americans to meet this moment as we continue to advance progress to Build Back Better For The People.”