Rep. Schrier Lauds Passage of American Rescue Plan COVID-19 Bill

March 1, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) today voted in support of the American Rescue Plan Act, based on President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The bill now goes to the Senate and President and is expected to be signed into law in the next few weeks.

“It has been almost a year to the day when our state had the first COVID cases and first death,” said Rep. Schrier. “The American people need help. And they needed it a long time ago. We need bold action to get our economy reopened, children back into classrooms, and every American vaccinated. This bill meets the moment and charts our path out of the pandemic.”

Rep. Schrier, the first and only pediatrician in Congress, is making sure to highlight the ways America’s children will benefit from this bill. The provisions:

  • Cut child poverty in half by expanding eligibility and increasing the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to $3,000 per child, and $3,600 for children under age 6
  • Increase funding by $350 million for child abuse prevention, based on a bill Rep. Schrier re-introduced this week
  • Boost WIC nutrition assistance for women and infants by $35/month for fruits and vegetables, which is Rep. Schrier’s WIC Benefit Flexibility During COVID-19 Act
  • Provide nearly $130 billion to help K-12 schools re-open safely

Major health wins:

  • $20 billion for improving COVID-19 vaccine educationadministration, and distribution, including vaccination clinics and mobile vaccination units. This includes funding for Rep Schrier’s VACCINES Act, a vaccine awareness campaign that was signed into law last year
  • $7.5 billion for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare, promote, distribute, administer, monitor, and track COVID-19 vaccines
  • $46 billion for improved testing and contact tracing—including manufacturing and distribution of rapid tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) 

Assistance to families:

  • $1,400 stimulus checks, with same income phase out as the most recent package ($75,000 per year for single filers, $150,000 per year for married couples)
  • $400/week federal unemployment insurance through August 29, 2021
  • Increases ACA tax credits and caps premiums at 8.5 percent of income—cutting premiums in half for an average 8th district family
  • $26 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance and $10 billion to help homeowners struggling to afford their housing
  • $7.6 billion to expand internet connectivity to students and teachers to help address the digital divide
  • $4.5 billion in support for home energy assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • 15% increase in SNAP benefits until Sept. 30, 2021, expanding funding and eligibility

Support for small businesses:

  • $7.25 billion in additional funding for PPP and expands eligibility of 501(c) nonprofits of all sizes and types, except for 501(c)4 lobbying organizations
  • $25 billion for a new program at SBA to offer assistance to restaurants and bars with 20 or fewer locations that have been hit hard by the pandemic
  • $15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) advances to help those who applied for relief in 2020 but did not receive the full $10,000 grant

Support for essential workers and local governments:

  • $350 billion for new Coronavirus Relief Funds for states, localities, the U.S. Territories, and the Tribal Governments, to help keep critical workers like frontline health workers, first responders, and teachers on the job.  

The bill also includes $3.6 billion in funding to purchase food and agriculture commodities for delivery to restaurants and food banks to distribute to individuals in need, as well as provide farms and farmworkers with PPE, provisions that are similar to two bills Rep. Schrier introduced in the 116th Congress and pushed to have included in the rescue plan.