San Diego’s Democrats in Congress Urge Support of $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill
By Chris Jennewein | Times of San Diego, March 5, 2021
The four Democrats who represent the San Diego region in Congress urged support of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Friday, promising that “help is on the way” to end economic devastation wrought by the pandemic
“This is not about going back to the way things were. This is about reimagining,” said Rep. Sara Jacobs, who organized a press briefing at Veterans Village of San Diego.
Issa said last week the bill is “too big and too expensive” yet lacks a “coherent commitment” reopen the economy and schools.
But the Democrats at Friday’s briefing recited a long list of benefits, ranging from $1,400 stimulus checks to investments in vaccine manufacturing and aid for local restaurants.
“The American Rescue Plan will immediately deliver rapid relief to the millions of struggling Americans,” said Peters, who spearheaded $1.75 billion in the act for widespread genomic sequencing of coronavirus variants by the CDC.
Among the highlights of the legislation, which was passed in the House and is now under consideration in the Senate, are:
Vargas, who worked to add the money for vaccine manufacturing under the Defense Production Act, said, “We have to defeat this virus if we want the economy to get back on its feet.”
Levin predicted the bill would make it through the Senate after “more twists and turns,” be quickly passed again in the House and get President Biden’s signature.
“I’ve heard from constituents who don’t know how they’ll pay their bills,” said Levin. “I’m here to tell you help is on the way.”
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