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February 27, 2021

Bourdeaux Votes To Pass COVID Relief

WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act. This legislation will provide urgently needed resources to defeat COVID-19, get vaccines in people’s arms, put money into families’ pockets, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.

“Gwinnett and Forsyth residents need COVID relief, which is why tonight, I voted to pass the American Rescue Plan,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “I am particularly pleased that this package contains critical priorities, including increased distribution of the vaccine and funds to support our families and small businesses to get them through the crisis.” 

“This bill also provides some very important help for Georgia, including incentives to expand Medicaid and to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums on the exchange.” 

“I recognize there are places in this bill where we can better target funding to those in need. As the Senate proceeds with this legislation, I will continue working to ensure that we are addressing the serious threat of COVID-19, while being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.”

Key provisions of the American Rescue Plan include:

  • Providing over $70 billion for national COVID-19 testing, vaccine administration and distribution, and boosting domestic production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Providing working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person, bringing total relief payment to $2,000
  • Creating new incentives for states like Georgia to expand Medicaid and reduce the cost of health insurance premiums on the exchange
  • Increasing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and expanding program eligibility
  • Providing $27 billion to address health disparities in traditionally under-served communities
  • Expanding the Child Tax Credit, which is projected to cut the child poverty rate in half 
  • Providing $26 billion in emergency rental assistance
  • Creating a $25 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund  
  • Establishing a Community Navigator program to increase awareness and participation in COVID-19 relief programs for business owners currently lacking access, with priority for businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, women, and veterans

*Read more about the American Rescue Plan Act here*