Pingree to Vote for American Rescue Plan Supported by Supermajority of Americans, Economists Predict Will Create 10 Million Jobs
House Budget Reconciliation Package Includes First Livable Wage Increase in 12 Years, $1400 Survival Checks
Washington, February 26, 2021
With the U.S. House scheduled to vote on the American Rescue Plan this evening, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) affirmed her intention to vote for the relief package, which 76 percent of Americans support and economists estimate will create 10 million American jobs. Pingree noted that the plan will deliver direct relief to Mainers struggling with pandemic hardships; expand vaccine distribution; help schools operate safely; and deliver an estimated $1.037 billion to Maine and $648 million to Maine’s municipal governments.
“With high unemployment and interest rates at zero, economists have made it clear that we cannot afford to go small with this stimulus package. The pandemic has claimed over 500,000 American lives and destroyed the livelihoods of millions. In Maine, more than 700 people have died from this deadly virus, a quarter of residents are behind on their rent, an estimated 215,000 are grappling with food insecurity, and more than 100,000 lost their jobs at some point in 2020. The cost of inaction is unacceptable,” said Pingree. “So tonight, I will vote for the American Rescue Plan to put money in the pockets of Mainers who are in crisis, make investments to stabilize our economy, and crush the virus with funding to improve testing and vaccine distribution. We are just days away from pandemic unemployment benefits running out. Last year Republicans stalled a stimulus package so long it caused a painful lapse in jobless benefits. It would be irresponsible for us to allow that to happen again, especially when economists estimate that investing in job-seekers could create or save over five million jobs.”
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Pingree sits on one of the 12 House committees that was charged with drafting the budget reconciliation relief package. “The work the Agriculture Committee undertook last week is critical to address widespread food insecurity and protect the essential workers who grow, harvest, and process our food,” said Pingree said.
Highlights from the House Agriculture Committee’s Budget Reconciliation Package which Congresswoman Pingree helped to craft include:
Other highlights in the full Budget Reconciliation Package: