Ruppersberger: Biden COVID-19 Relief Proposal ‘Exactly What We Need’
(Timonium, MD ) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced support of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief proposal: a $1.9 trillion, two-step legislative package that builds on the down payment passed by Congress last month. The plan includes more than $400 billion for PPE, testing, a national vaccine distribution strategy, support to help schools safely re-open and expanded paid leave.
Most American families will be eligible to receive $1,400 per-person stimulus checks under the proposal, which also includes an extension of supplemental federal unemployment benefits, rental assistance and a temporary SNAP benefit increase. President-elect Biden’s plan will fund grants for 1 million of the hardest-hit small businesses and help struggling public transit agencies.
“Admittedly, President Biden’s proposal is both ambitious and expensive. It’s also exactly what we need to stamp out this unprecedented pandemic and put money into the pockets of Americans who need it most,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “The number of sick, deceased and jobless Americans continues to climb and we need bold, urgent action now to save lives and livelihoods. We have a lot of ground to make up.”
As a former Baltimore County Executive, Congressman Ruppersberger applauded the inclusion of $350 billion for state and local governments, which are on the frontlines of the pandemic and are responsible for cutting paychecks for essential workers including teachers, police officers, firefighters and many healthcare workers. They are also largely responsible for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“State and local governments are facing historic revenue losses amid unforeseen costs related to the pandemic and must make painful decisions if we don’t step in soon,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “If we want our children back in school, we need teachers. We need police officers and firefighters to keep us safe. We need our trash picked up and roads maintained.”
As of today, more than 20 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, and at least 370,000 have died. Click here for a full fact sheet on the proposal.