Langevin Votes to Advance President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” and Deliver Aid to Americans

Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today voted for H. Con. Res. 11, a fiscal year 2021 budget resolution that is the first step in enacting President Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” COVID relief package. The resolution enables Congress to use a budget reconciliation measure to accelerate the passage of vital relief for Americans.

“Americans desperately need help, and President Joe Biden has put forth a robust relief proposal to save lives and livelihoods,” said Langevin. “The disruption of the pandemic is far-reaching, and the public health and economic stability of our nation continue to be threatened by the virus. Americans are suffering through no fault of their own, and it is up to Congress to move swiftly to answer their calls for help. I’m proud that Congress is acting with urgency to deliver additional aid, from $1,400 relief payments to expanded unemployment insurance, within the President’s first 100 days in office.”

The budget reconciliation resolution will lay the groundwork for the swift implementation of President Biden’s relief plan. It establishes a framework for the $1.9 trillion relief plan by providing reconciliation instructions to the House Committees with jurisdiction over facets of it. The Committees on Agriculture; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Natural Resources; Oversight and Reform; Science, Space and Technology; Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veterans Affairs; and Ways and Means will craft legislation in alignment with the proposal and provide it to the House Budget Committee by February 16 to combine it for floor consideration. Reconciliation packages are privileged in the Senate, where they are not subject to the filibuster. As a result, any reconciliation legislation resulting from this budget resolution will be guaranteed an up or down vote in the Senate with only a 51-vote majority needed for passage.

Congressman Langevin supports the proposed “American Rescue Plan,” which would provide additional $1,400 direct economic payments to individuals, for a total of $2,000, following the distribution of $600 payments in early January. It also extends weekly unemployment benefits through September 2021, allocates billions in grants and loans for aid to small businesses, and includes dedicated funding for expanded national testing and vaccination operations. The bill would invest in state and local governments to ensure first responders stay on the job and includes money to bolster the nation’s healthcare workforce, keep communities healthy, and reopen schools and the economy safely.