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Federal package may provide over $2M to La Salle County families
District 28 US Congressman Henry Cuellar voted last week to pass the American Rescue Plan, a legislative package that will fund vaccinations, provide immediate, direct relief to families bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, and support struggling communities.
“American lives and livelihoods are at stake and they need relief now,” Rep. Cuellar said on Saturday. “The American Rescue Plan takes the bold steps we need to ensure our nation continues to meet the challenge of the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.
“This legislation delivers robust funding to crush the virus, return children safely to the classroom, get vaccines to the people, put dollars into families’ pockets and put people back to work,” he added. “With the American Rescue Plan, we can meet the urgent needs of the American people and help our country through these difficult times. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to listen to the people they represent and pass this critical legislation.”
Cuellar said he believes the plan will “save lives and livelihoods” by supporting state and local governments with over $27 billion in total funding for the state of Texas, “which includes urgently needed funding for our communities.”
Under the plan supported by the congressman, La Salle County would be allocated $1 million while the city of Cotulla would receive over $900,000 and the city of Encinal over $128,000.
Funds will be used primarily to “put vaccines in arms,” Rep. Cuellar said, by mounting a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide.
“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,” the congressman said.
Putting children back into school is another goal of the federal funding plan, and nationwide some $130 billion is set aside as “an investment in schools re-opening and making up for lost learning.”
The plan also finishes the job on the President Biden’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December, according to the congressman, who said he believes there will also be funding to provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, and expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care.
“Extending and expanding unemployment insurance so that 19 million American workers can pay their bills, support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and 15 million low-wage workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit” are further goals for the rescue plan, the congressman said.
Federal lawmakers are also expecting the federal financial rescue effort to help re-employ millions who may have lost their jobs or suffered reduced income as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Funds will be allocated to support the hardest-hit small businesses with grants and other funding eligibility.
“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,” Rep. Cuellar said.