Pallone on Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan
Mar 10, 2021
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after Congress passed the American Rescue Plan. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 - 211 and will soon go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
“The American Rescue Plan will go a long way towards crushing the coronavirus. Under President Biden, for the first time we have a national plan to fight the virus that does not force states and local governments to compete with each other for testing, contact tracing, and medical supplies.
“The American Rescue Plan will support the national effort to ramp up distribution and administration of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines as well the implementation of a national testing strategy that will help us quickly track and contain the virus. It also includes the largest expansion of health care coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, including lower monthly premiums for millions of Americans and a coverage expansion for millions more who are currently uninsured.
“The relief package also includes critical relief to help families with their utility bills so they can keep the lights on, the heat working, and the water running. We also expand internet connectivity to help students and teachers without home internet access so that we can close the homework gap.
“Vital economic relief is on the way to help the American people as we work together to finally overcome this public health and economic crisis. The American Rescue Plan will save lives, delivers the tools we need to crush the virus, and provides much needed relief to struggling families. I look forward to seeing President Biden sign it into law soon.”