Governor Whitmer Statement on Passage of American Rescue Plan
March 10, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE?
March 10, 2021?
Media Contact: Press@Michigan.gov?
Governor Whitmer Statement on Passage of American Rescue Plan??
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan.
"President Biden and Michigan's Congressional Democrats have delivered critical aid to the people of Michigan and Americans nationwide with this investment in our families, communities, small businesses, and children. This bold bill will, among several other pieces, send $1,400 stimulus checks to 90% of households, extend $300 weekly unemployment benefits through September 6th, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, vastly increase the child tax credit, and offer much needed support for America's small and mid-sized businesses, including a dedicated restaurant relief fund.
According to an analysis by Columbia University, the legislation will reduce poverty by one-third, cut child poverty in half, and provide aid to 150 million American households. The American Rescue Plan is a historic achievement on par with President Roosevelt's New Deal and President Johnson's Great Society in terms of how many Americans it will immediately and directly benefit. This bill will send us $5.6 billion to help us build our economy back better from the pandemic and boost our rollout of the three safe, effective vaccines. I look forward to working across the aisle with the legislature to put these dollars to work quickly to support our working families, our kids, and our small businesses. We're living through colliding crises, but as President Biden says, our best days are ahead of us. Together, we will get there."