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'This Is Not About Stimulus. This Is a Rescue Package.'
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Great Seal of the United States
Full titleTo provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 5.
Colloquial name(s)American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Introduced in117th United States Congress
Introduced onFebruary 24, 2021
Legislative history

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. He plans to pass this as one of his first bills into law through the 117th Congress.[1] First proposed on January 14, 2021, the package builds upon many of the measures in the CARES Act from March and in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 from December.[2][3]

Beginning on February 2, 2021, Democrats in the United States Senate started to open debates on a budget resolution that would allow them to pass the stimulus package without support from Republicans through the process of reconciliation. The Senate voted 50–49 to approve the resolution, and the House voted 218–212 to approve the resolution. A vote-a-rama session started two days later after the resolution was approved, and the Senate introduced amendments in the relief package. The day after, Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote as vice president in order to give the Senate final approval to start the reconciliation process, with the House following suit by voting 219–209.

On February 8, 2021, the Financial Services and Education and Labor committees released a draft of $1.9 trillion stimulus legislation. A portion of the relief package was approved by the House Ways and Means on February 11, setting it up for a vote in the House. The legislation was also approved by the Transportation and Infrastructure, Small Business, and House Veterans Affairs committees. On February 22, the House Budget Committee voted 19–16 to advance the bill to the House for a floor vote. The bill passed the House by a vote of 219–212 on February 27. All but two Democrats voted for the bill and all Republicans voted against the bill.[4]

  1. ^ "American Rescue Plan: Inside Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus". SmartAsset. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  2. ^ Luhby, Tami; Lobosco, Katie (2021-01-14). "Here's what's in Biden's $1.9 trillion economic rescue package". CNN. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. ^ Tankersley, Jim; Crowley, Michael (2021-01-14). "Here are the highlights of Biden's $1.9 trillion 'American Rescue Plan.'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  4. ^ "Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, but faces Senate hurdle". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
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