One Year Later: Davids Reflects on the American Rescue Plan's Benefits to Kansans


Date: March 11, 2022

On the anniversary of the American Rescue Plan's passage, Representative Sharice Davids highlighted the positive impact of the law on Kansas. Davids is the only member of the Kansas delegation who voted to bring targeted COVID relief to the state and help distribute life-saving vaccines, keep schools and businesses open, and support Kansans through the biggest public health and economic crisis in generations.

"A year ago, millions had lost their jobs, the vaccine wasn't widely available, and our schools and businesses were struggling to stay open. The American Rescue Plan delivered strong, targeted, and effective relief to hardworking Kansans," said Davids. "We have more to do to lower costs for everyday folks, but we can build on a strong foundation from the historic jobs recovery fueled by the American Rescue Plan."

Over the last year, Davids has visited vaccination clinics, restaurants, museums, child care centers, elementary schools, college campuses, health centers, and small businesses who benefited directly from the targeted relief in the American Rescue Plan. She's spoken with parents who benefited from the middle-class tax cuts in the law, frontline health care workers, educators, and transit workers who received much-needed resources to continue performing their essential jobs, and countless Kansans who were able to make ends meet thanks to the emergency relief included in the American Rescue Plan. She also stayed on top of oversight and fraud, helping several Johnson County residents resolve cases of identity theft.

The American Rescue Plan brought emergency relief funds directly to businesses, students, families, and workers in Third District:

158 restaurants received a total of $46,221,870 from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
20 venues received a total of $26,421,144 from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
91,000+ families received a total tax cut of $223.8 million from the Child Tax Credit
Colleges, universities, and students received over $110 million in emergency funding
40,000 households became eligible for lower health insurance premiums, saving an average of $3,800 annually
Kansas City area transit systems, including the KC Streetcar, received $90.9 million

Across Kansas, Davids voted to send:

$1.58 billion in state relief and $1 billion in local relief to Kansas communities
Over 1.8 million individual economic stimulus checks to Kansans
Over $860 million in relief to Kansas' K-12 schools
169,000 Kansans a nearly $1,000 earned income tax credit
Health care savings to 107,000 Kansans, increasing coverage by 22%