Texas Democrats celebrate American Rescue Plan’s impact on their communities

Texas Republicans universally voted against providing relief to Americans

AUSTIN, Texas — While Republicans waste time scapegoating immigrants instead of doing their jobs and supporting Texans, Democrats continue to take action to help Texas families. In a clear case of “watch what they do, not what they say,” a Republican delegation is meeting in El Paso today in a desperate attempt to distract from their failure to accomplish positive results for Americans. Meanwhile, thanks to Democrats, relief from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan is beginning to reach Texans who desperately need it.

Help is here for millions of Texas families who have spent a year struggling to cope with the pandemic and suffering under inept Republican governance. The American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed into law last week is putting cash into families’ pockets, getting even more Texans vaccinated, and positioning us to finally beat back this pandemic. Unfortunately, every single Republican in Congress, including all-Republican Texas representatives and Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, voted against the relief package — making it clear that Democrats are the only leaders who deliver Texans in times of crisis.

Some of the benefits of the American Rescue Plan for Texas include:

  • Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person for more than 17,283,400 adults and 8,098,300 children

  • Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 6,696,000 children, lifting 503,000 children out of poverty

  • Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 1,404,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs

  • More than $12.6 billion in relief for K-12 schools

  • Almost $16 billion in state fiscal relief and more than $11.5 billion in local fiscal relief

A detailed fact sheet from the DNC shows how the American Rescue Plan will help Texans.

Texas Democrats were key in passing the bill and are celebrating this massive and historic legislative win for their communities:

Congressman Al Green (TX-09): “I am pleased to announce that the American Rescue Plan – which passed the House for a final time today – includes two pieces of legislation I proposed at the request of House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters. H.R. 1669 reauthorizes and funds at $10 billion the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which will unleash $100 billion in low-cost capital to small businesses. H.R. 1674, cosponsored by Chairwoman Waters, provides grants for emergency fair housing enforcement for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP).”

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07): “I am glad to deliver this aid in this critical moment of this crisis.  The American Rescue Plan Act is transformative legislation that provides direct funding for Houston, for Harris County, and for the cities and towns across Texas’ Seventh Congressional District. I am grateful for the partnership of our delegation and local officials to craft this legislation to make sure it meets the needs of our community.”

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16): “With almost 123,000 infections, over 2,000 [El Pasoan] lives lost, and a devastating unemployment rate of over eight percent that endangers the food and housing security of El Paso families, the time for action is now. As the bill goes to the Senate for further consideration, I will continue advocating to ensure this essential legislation and its critical provisions – including a $15 minimum wage increase – gets to the President’s desk to be signed before unemployment benefits expire in March. Help is on the way and El Pasoans can rest assured that I will continue working to deliver the relief they need and deserve.”

Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35): “This rescue plan rises to the tremendous needs of this moment, to directly provide aid not only to the families and businesses suffering in this crisis, but also to our local governments that have been shouldering so much of the burden of leadership,” said Doggett on the allocation of more than $500 million in COVID-19 relief to Central Texas alone.

Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34): “The American people deserve comprehensive relief to help tackle this once-in-a-generation pandemic,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “I am very pleased with the provisions included in this bill that will directly help communities in South Texas. The 34th District of Texas will receive over $500 million in aid to help our local governments recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic.  More than a year later, Americans are still feeling the harmful impacts of this virus and assistance is still needed for our nation to fully recover.  With tens of millions of Americans infected, more than half a million lives lost, over 18 million Americans unemployed and millions more food and housing insecure, the American Rescue plan will help deliver a boost to our economy and to American families. I look forward to continuing to support my community as we work to get everyone vaccinated, safely reopen our schools, and provide the necessary support for our small businesses and families so we can look forward to a day where we have fully conquered this virus.”