Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today voted to pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget Resolution to help urgently pass additional economic relief for Michigan families, seniors and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Passing this budget resolution ensures that Congress can act quickly and decisively in the weeks to come to deliver the robust relief that Michiganders need to combat the pandemic and strengthen the economy.
The budget resolution passed today is an essential first step in Congress' efforts to deliver the comprehensive and science-based relief laid out in President Joe 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.