Spanberger Votes to Send Major COVID-19 Relief Package to President Biden’s Desk
The American Rescue Plan Act includes Support for Improved COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Efforts, Another Round of Direct Payments for Virginians, Relief to Small Businesses & Restaurants, and Extended Unemployment Insurance
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting with a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Rescue Plan Act, a COVID-19 relief package that will directly benefit Central Virginia families, healthcare providers, schools, and businesses.
“Nearly one year after the virus first arrived in the Commonwealth, we’ve built momentum in Virginia and across the country in our fight against the virus and in our economic recovery. This legislation provides a major vehicle for maintaining this momentum.
“The American Rescue Plan Act passed in the House today includes much-needed assistance for vaccine distribution, schools, small businesses, and Virginia families. In response to the financial challenges faced by working parents, the legislation prevents unemployment insurance from expiring in just a few days, provides one-time direct payments to individuals and families, and expands the Child Tax Credit — so that Virginia families will receive an extra boost as we accelerate the fight against the virus. I’m also encouraged that the American Rescue Plan Act establishes a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund to support family-owned restaurants as they work towards inviting customers back in the coming months. I’ve directly heard from many Central Virginia restaurant owners about the hardships they’ve faced throughout the pandemic.
“This strong, coordinated effort to protect our most vulnerable, reopen our businesses, and get our children fully back to school is a wise investment in our post-COVID-19 future. We are making progress, but we need to keep our foot on the gas. I look forward to President Biden signing this legislation into law as soon as possible.”
The American Rescue Plan Act includes many priorities for Central Virginia — such as additional funding for COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts, support for local restaurants and small businesses, extended unemployment insurance, and direct payments to individuals.
The American Rescue Plan Act contains several provisions to support Central Virginia communities, including: