Rep. Lou Votes to Pass Budget Resolution And Takes First Step To Help Struggling Working Families
Correa Joins Colleagues In Passing Resolution Outlining Budget Priorities For Protecting Americans From COVID-19
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Lou Correa joined his colleagues in passing H. Con. Res. 11, FY 2021 Budget Resolution—the first step in passing President Biden’s COVID Relief for Americans. Passing this budget ensures that Congress can act quickly and decisively in the weeks to come to deliver the robust relief that American families, workers, and communities need to combat the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the economy.
Rep. Lou Correa said, “My community needs help. For months, the hardworking people of central Orange County have been forced to endure record-breaking unemployment and economic devastation. Countless individuals are out of work at no fault of their own. They do not want a handout. They want to work but this once-in-a-century pandemic prevents them from doing so. President Biden’s COVID-19 strategy recognizes this and provides a helping hand to communities like mine. We must do everything we can to help Americans stay afloat until this storm has cleared. I will continue to fight for my community and ensure working families are not abandoned.
BACKGROUND: This budget resolution passed today is an essential first step in Congress’s efforts to deliver the comprehensive, strategic, and science-based relief laid out in President Biden’s robust American Rescue Plan:
Beat the virus and safely reopen schools – The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments, and addressing health care disparities. The plan will also make the investments necessary to safely reopen schools.
Deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of the crisis – The plan will provide direct assistance to households across America by $1,400 per person, bringing the total (including the $600 down payment enacted in December) to $2,000. The plan will also provide direct housing and nutrition assistance to families struggling to get by, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend and expand Unemployment Insurance so American workers can pay their bills and give families with children as well as childless workers a boost through enhanced tax credits.
Support communities struggling with the economic fallout – The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers, and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.
Rep. Lou Correa represents California's 46th Congressional District. He serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability, and is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. Read more here.
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