Baltimore County Democratic Party statement: President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is a significant victory for Maryland and Baltimore County

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Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee

The COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package will Bolster the Economy and Fight the Pandemic

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Today, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. The comprehensive $1.9 trillion relief package championed by Democrats will bring Maryland a giant step closer to successfully fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and building our country back better. “The signing of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is a huge victory for Maryland and for all Americans. The broad and bold relief package completed the $2000 direct relief checks for Americans, funded $160 billion in vaccination and testing expansion, and provided billions of dollars in aid to local governments and small businesses; including significant capital investments for minority-owned businesses and small businesses in economically-disadvantaged areas” said Dr. Crystal R. Francis, Chair.

“Our nation is at a critical inflection point and help is on the way. Tens of millions of Americans are out of work; Maryland families are struggling to pay for household expenses and need help putting food on the table; and small businesses across the state are on the brink of closing their doors. While Republicans refused to deliver much-needed aid to Americans and Marylanders in need, Democrats delivered on their promise to enhance their progress fighting the pandemic, and to build our country by putting resources back into the hands of businesses and families. “The Baltimore County Democratic Party is proud to stand with President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, Democratic House Members, and Democratic Party supporters who made this massive relief package possible.”

Other notable aspects of the American Rescue Plan include:

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  • $1,400 direct relief checks for Americans
  • $1,600 increase in the child tax credit
  • $130 billion for schools and to support school reopening
  • Extended unemployment benefits
  • Rent and mortgage relief

You can find more information on the passage of the American Rescue Plan, and everything included in the COVID-19 relief package here.