WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN’S PUBLIC INVESTMENT “TRANSFORMS OPTIONS” FOR AMERICANS

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan’s robust public investment, Americans will receive the support they deserve through $1,400 direct checks, state and local governments will be able to ramp up vaccine distribution, safely reopen schools, and keep essential workers on the job, and millions more will have access to quality, affordable health care during a global pandemic.

Here’s what they’re saying: 

The New York Times: Stimulus Bill Transforms Options For State and Local Governments
The biggest infusion of funds in decades will soon start, putting state, local and tribal governments in a situation they have not experienced in years: Items that had long seemed totally unaffordable are now well within reach.
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Mr. Dyer said his city had been weighing potential layoffs of more than 200 city employees, including police officers and firefighters, as it faced a $25 million budget deficit. But the bill put an end to any layoff discussions. Fresno, a city of 531,000, was poised to receive $177 million.
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“I think my residents know I don’t give a hoot about party — all I care about is making sure the street sweeper runs, the police show up and the water doesn’t stop,” said Acquanetta Warren, a Republican who is the mayor of Fontana, a working-class suburb east of Los Angeles set to receive $52 million.

Forbes: The $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Offers Great News On Health Insurance; Here Are The Provisions That Cut Insurance Costs
When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law on Thursday, $1,400 direct stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits got most of the attention.

But the American Rescue Plan contains many other provisions, including several that have the potential to substantially improve health insurance affordability for millions of lower- and moderate-income Americans
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According to Chen, 25 million Americans could benefit from the new law, including 13.2 million Americans who can now access heavily subsidized insurance through the Marketplace; 1.5 million who could save money by switching their individual insurance for coverage from the Marketplace; and 10 million who are already in a Marketplace plan but will save money through more generous subsidies.

The Wall Street Journal: Child-Care Providers Get Billions in Covid-19 Relief Law
The coronavirus relief law signed by President Biden last week pours nearly $50 billion into child care in a bid to keep struggling daycare centers from closing just as the people who rely on them return to work.
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But the law, in addition to $10 billion in assistance from December legislation, represents the largest one-time U.S. investment in child care, said Mario Cardona, chief of policy and practice at Child Care Aware of America, an advocacy group.
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A faster return to child care means a faster return to work and less disruption in parents’ career paths.

The New York Times: Small Piece of the Stimulus Has Ambitious Aim of Saving Mothers’ Lives
The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the industrialized world. A third of those deaths happen after delivery, when a significant share of American women experience a gap in coverage.
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The American Rescue Plan will let states extend Medicaid coverage for a full year, and provides federal funding to do so. As with the enhanced child tax credit, expanding postpartum Medicaid is another stimulus policy that bolsters the safety net supporting low-income parents in the United States

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