WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) voted to pass the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This critical 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.
“As a candidate for office, I promised my constituents I would go to Washington and secure much-needed COVID relief for struggling Gwinnett and Forsyth families and small businesses,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “Today, by voting to send the American Rescue Plan to President Biden for his signature, we are fulfilling that promise. I am particularly pleased that this package contains funding for critical priorities, including money for increased distribution of the vaccine, funds to support our families and small businesses, and incentives to expand Medicaid and to reduce the cost of health insurance premiums on the exchange. I urge President Biden to sign the American Rescue Plan into law as soon as possible so we can get help to the Georgians who need it most.”
Key provisions of the American Rescue Plan include:
- Providing over $70 billion to expand national COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccine administration and distribution, and boosting domestic production of tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), and supplies necessary for administration of tests
- Providing working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person, bringing total relief payment to $2,000
- Creating new financial incentives for states like Georgia to expand Medicaid while reducing the cost of health insurance premiums on the exchange
- Increasing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and expanding program eligibility to non-profits
- Providing $27 billion to address health disparities in traditionally under-served communities
- Expanding the Child Tax Credit and makes it fully refundable, which is projected to cut the child poverty rate in half
- Providing over $22 billion in emergency rental assistance and $10 billion to help homeowners struggling to afford their housing, including mom and pop landlords
- Creating a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund
- Establishing a Community Navigator pilot 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
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.