WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) praised the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 by the Senate. Following the vote, he issued the following statement:
“As we face economic and public crises unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes, the American Rescue Plan is an urgently needed and historic investment in the health and financial security of New Jerseyans and people across the country, a boost to our small businesses, a lifeline to state and local governments and a necessary step in our country’s long-term recovery.
“This landmark legislation will issue another round of direct cash payments to families that need them, extend critically needed pandemic unemployment assistance, extend protections for renters and homeowners, dedicate resources to safely re-opening our schools and supporting our teachers, and, critically, will expand the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to get help to those who need it the most. Expansions to the CTC and EITC as a part of the American Rescue Plan will lift millions of children out of poverty, put more money into the pockets of American workers and help middle class families across the country.
“To get COVID-19 under control, this bill also allocates urgently needed resources for vaccine distribution, testing and tracing, and other public health activities. It also expands affordable health coverage to millions and provides critical resources to help our loved ones in nursing homes.
“Additionally, we have secured state and local funding needed to support our first responders, educators, essential workers, and critical programs, additional support for small businesses, including dedicated funding to go towards small and minority-owned small businesses and debt forgiveness for farmers of color who have been among those hardest hit by the economic crisis.
“I urge the House to act quickly to send this measure to President Biden’s desk. I’m grateful for the President’s vision and commitment to building back better and am ready for the work to come to ensure our country continues down the road to recovery.”