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Congress passes COVID-19 relief plan

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan after the United States House of Representatives passed the legislation along party lines on Wednesday. The COVID-19 relief bill will provide $1,400 direct payments to individuals making less than $75,000 annually, $14 billion in vaccine distribution, and $7 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program among other provisions.


In a statement following Wednesday’s vote, Wisconsin’s Eighth District Rep. Mike Gallagher reiterated many of the same themes he discussed with last week after he voted for the original plan from the House before it was amended by the Senate over the weekend.

Gallagher also blasted how some of the school aid would be used, $350 billion to “bailout blue states,” and a number of other non-COVID-19 related priorities.  You can read his statement below.


“Over the course of the past year, Congress has passed more than $4 trillion in Coronavirus relief – nearly $1 trillion of which remains unspent. But instead of waiting to allocate this massive sum of money, my colleagues opted to rush through an additional $1.9 trillion dollar package that the Biden Administration itself admitted is ‘the most progressive piece of legislation in history.’


“This bill was fundamentally flawed two weeks ago, and even after being amended in the Senate, is still fundamentally flawed today. We all want to ensure hospitals receive the funding they need to distribute vaccines, schools can reopen, and that individuals hardest hit by the virus can get by. But instead of working across the aisle, President Biden pushed for the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. So much for unity.”

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