Schakowsky Statement on House Passage of Groundwork for American Rescue Plan

February 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. Con. Res. 5, a budget resolution that lays the groundwork for passing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan:

“Today I voted to pass the House budget resolution, paving the way for urgently needed COVID-19 relief. Our states, counties, cities, and municipalities are in crisis – starving for aid just to cover their most immediate needs and close massive budget shortfalls brought on by this pandemic. They need at least $350 billion in flexible aid. In Illinois, we see cities, counties, and towns whose healthcare systems, emergency services, sanitation, water treatment, schools, and other essential public services are on the verge of collapse. In Chicago alone, we’re facing a $1.2 billion shortfall for fiscal year ‘21 as a direct result of this pandemic. This is not just an issue that hurts state and local governments. This hurts the American people – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. If we fail to provide this aid, public sector workers – like our paramedics, firefighters, nurses, social workers, police, and nursing home staff – will lose their jobs. This is on top of the roughly 1.4 million people who have already lost their jobs during the pandemic.

“Without this aid, cities, counties, and states won’t be able to fund their transit agencies that help essential workers get to their jobs. And they won’t be able to cover the costs of delivering the vaccine to grandparents, teachers, and others unless we provide dedicated funds in addition to the $350 billion in flexible aid. And families, who are already struggling to remain stably housed, will face increased rents and property tax hikes. Now that we’ve passed this budget resolution, I look forward to implementing President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to stop the furloughs and layoffs of our front-line heroes, help our communities distribute the vaccine, treat the sick, and get this pandemic under control.”