Evans Votes for Historic ‘Big & Bold’ $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan

March 10, 2021
Press Release
Bill will be ‘huge down payment on promise to Build Back Better,’ cut child poverty by half, save pensions for thousands in Philly area

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2021) – Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) today voted for the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, helping to put the Covid relief and economic rescue bill over the top in the House and send it to President Biden’s desk.

“The American Rescue Plan is historic in its scope. This is the type of big and bold plan we need to end this pandemic and pull so many Philadelphians out of the economic hole created by Covid-19 and former President Trump’s awful response to it. This bill is also a huge down payment on the promise to ‘Build Back Better’ to deal with problems that we faced before the pandemic. Many of those problems, like poverty and a need for affordable housing, were made even worse by Covid,” Evans said.

Evans said some highlights of the bill include:

  • Putting Vaccines in Arms: The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities. 
  • Putting Children Safely Back in School: The plan will make a nearly $130 billion investment in school re-opening and making up for lost learning. Philadelphia schools are in line to receive an estimated $1.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan.
  • Putting Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December. The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, food assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.

“Many of the workers who will benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit are the essential workers who have been helping us all get through this pandemic,” Evans said.

  • Putting People Back In Jobs: The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded Paycheck Protection Program eligibility and more.  The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on. Pennsylvania is in line to receive an estimated $2.37 billion for Philadelphia and other cities, as part of $13.7 billion in federal aid for the state in the bill.
  • Saving Pensions: The bill includes something Evans has been advocating for years – saving pensions for thousands of Philadelphia-area workers and retirees from Acme and other businesses. They are among more than 1.3 million Americans whose pensions will be saved by this plan.

Evans said he looks forward to building on the historic bill from his seats on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicare and much of the U.S. health-care system, and on the House Small Business Committee.

“I want to make the bill’s temporary expansion of the Child Tax Credit permanent, and I also look forward to passing a major infrastructure bill to make overdue investments in repairing our schools, housing, transit and more. The American Rescue Plan has been described as a policy revolution, and it is! But we can and must do even more to Build Back Better,” Evans said.

Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South, Southwest and Center City Philadelphia. During Evans’ four years in Congress, his office has helped to return to or save more than $6.5 million for Philadelphians from federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs. His website is evans.house.gov and his social media handle is @RepDwightEvans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.