On Wednesday, the $1.9 trillion bill passed for extensive coronavirus relief and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called it “the most progressive bill in American history.”
The Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Social Security Act of 1935; the Affordable Care Act of 2010 — all fail short in comparison to the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,” a bill that passed along party lines and was originally created as an emergency bill to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but ended up becoming much more.
A reporter asked: “When is this administration going to start moving forward on the $2 trillion climate change package, that was such a big part of then-candidate Biden’s campaign?”
It’s only day 49, Jonathan. We’re about to pass a historic, the most progressive bill in American history. It’s be a passing today. Look, I would say that the President believes that, and he talked about this on the campaign trail, as you mentioned, was certainly a promise of his, that the United States and many other countries around the world, we’ll focus on here can create good paying union jobs, that are also consistent with our objective of addressing the climate crisis. And certainly that is central to how he’s thinking about his agenda moving forward. Those policy discussions are still ongoing, but I can assure you that he intends to deliver on the promises he made on the campaign trail, and intends to deliver on the promises he made about creating good, paying, union jobs that also are consistent with his goal of addressing the climate crisis.
Biden canceled thousands of “good, paying, union jobs” on his first day in office when he ended the Keystone XL pipeline.
The COVID relief bill includes billions of dollars in unrelated spending, including bailouts for pensions and for bail outs for cities and state governments. It also expands welfare programs significantly beyond the impact of the pandemic.
The new bill means more money for Americans’. The “American Rescue Plan” calls for $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals earning up to $75,000 and $2,800 checks for couples earning $150,000 or under. Households will receive an additional $1,400 for each dependent child.
For those unemployed, the bill extends $300-per-week federal benefits through Sept. 6 and allows the first $10,200 of jobless benefits to be tax-free to households with incomes under $150,000.
The House passed the legislation 220 to 211, after the Senate passed it on Saturday. No Republicans voted “yes” on the legislation.
“We, of course, are moving full speed ahead on the implementation of the bill,” Psaki said.