Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb saluted President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats on Thursday after the president signed into law his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.
The law will get $1,400 in direct payments to 85 percent of American households, expand coverage and help with lowering health care premiums and give small businesses what they need to stay open. It also will expand unemployment insurance, provide food and nutrition assistance, help keep a roof over people’s heads and cut child poverty in half with various measures including a historic child tax credit that will put money in people’s pockets.
“President Biden and congressional Democrats came through for the American people — help is here,” Kleeb said. “That same helping hand was not offered by Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer and Reps. Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, who followed GOP marching orders and fought the measure every step of the way. After 528,000 deaths from COVID, they voted against the measure that will literally save lives across our state. Republicans left Nebraskans behind so they could pander to the most extreme of their voting base, which seems to be Don Bacon’s only goal at this point since he now apparently is running for Governor. For a party that claims they support family values, Republicans voted against putting, on average, $8,200, directly into the pockets of families.”
Among other things, the law also includes $300-per-week jobless benefits through the summer, a per-child allowance of up to $3,600 for one year, $350 billion for state aid, $34 billion to expand Affordable Care Act subsidies and $14 billion for vaccine distribution.