DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss released the following statement on the January jobs report that showed a “continued strain on the labor market inflected by the coronavirus” as the Democratic Senate majority passed a budget resolution to quickly deliver COVID-19 relief to the American people:
“The latest signs of economic pain across the country confirm just how urgent President Biden’s rescue plan is as Senate Democrats took an important step forward to advance this comprehensive relief package of direct checks, state and local government aid, essential funding for vaccine distribution and schools, and so much more. Despite the Republican minority’s best efforts to keep obstructing, delaying, and playing political games with coronavirus relief for hardworking families, Senate Democrats are laser-focused on meeting the scale of this crisis and providing the resources we need to beat the pandemic, rebuild our economy, and start getting people’s lives back to normal.”
The American Rescue Plan includes a number of critical provisions: a new round of direct relief checks, billions of dollars in aid to state and local governments, essential funding for vaccine distribution and testing, boosts to programs supporting small businesses and unemployed workers, and much more. While Senate Republicans object to the budget reconciliation process today, they used the exact same legislative tools in 2017 to enact a massive tax giveaway to the rich and giant corporations and try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
There is broad public support across party lines for Democrats’ relief plan: nearly seven in 10 Americans support President Biden and Senate Democrats’ bill, three-fourths of Americans support additional direct relief checks, and a bipartisan group of over 400 Republican and Democratic mayors has urged Congress to pass this plan and take immediate action to give their communities the assistance they desperately need.