American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan is a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that is saving American lives and livelihoods. This plan, which Democrats passed in the House and President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021, is putting shots in the arms of Americans; money in the pockets of working families; kids back in the classroom; and people back in jobs.
SHOTS IN ARMS
The American Rescue Plan invests over $20 billion to establish a national COVID-19 vaccination program and increase vaccinations across the country. The plan provides:
- $7.5 billion for the CDC to prepare, promote, distribute, monitor, and track COVID-19 vaccines.
- $7.5 billion for FEMA to establish vaccination sites across the country.
- $600 million to be directed to the Indian Health Service for vaccine-related activities.
- $5.2 billion to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support advanced research, development, manufacturing, production, and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and ancillary medical products for COVID-19.
- $1 billion for the CDC to undertake a vaccine awareness and engagement campaign.
The Biden Administration is on track to vaccinate 200 million Americans by April 30th.
For information on how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Riverside County, click here.
MONEY IN POCKETS
Direct Checks to Americans:
The American Rescue plan has put money in the pockets of Californians by sending $1,400 economic impact payments to individuals making under $75,000 and joint filers making under $150,000.
If you haven’t already received your payment, it will be sent to you via check or direct deposit from the IRS. To track the status of your payment, click here. If you are having difficulty receiving your payment, contact my office for assistance.
Relief for Families:
The American Rescue Plan is also helping American families by expanding the Child Tax Credit and supplementing families’ earnings. Under the American Rescue Plan, the Child Tax Credit is now fully refundable and families may now receive up to $3,600 per child.
To find out more about the Child Tax Credit and the immediate relief the American Rescue Plan provides for CA-36 families, click here.
CHILDREN BACK IN THE CLASSROOM:
The American Rescue Plan is helping schools safely reopen by making nearly $130 billion available to states and school districts for immediate and long-term relief. This funding is helping schools work with public health experts to safely re-open and make up for lost time in the classroom.
In California’s 36th Congressional District, K-12 schools will be receiving an estimated $324 million and colleges and universities will receive $190 million.
You can find out more about how the American Rescue Plan supports teachers, students, and parents here.
PEOPLE IN JOBS:
The American Rescue Plan is getting people back to work by providing relief to our small businesses as well as local, city, state, and Tribal governments to keep teachers and first responders on the payroll.
The plan includes direct relief to support our hardest-hit small businesses by:
- Allocating $15 billion in flexible grants for small business owners;
- Providing $28 billion for a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund;
- And bolstering the Paycheck Protection Program with an additional $7.25 billion.
DIRECT RELIEF FOR CA-36
Dr. Ruiz on Direct Relief for CA-36:
“Through the American Rescue Plan, I am bringing over $1 billion right here to Riverside County. This relief package that I voted for and President Biden signed into law will pay for more vaccines in our communities; essential services and workers through local, city, Tribal, county, and state budgets; and schools to reopen safely. This is a major win for our district, and I will continue working to ensure residents in Riverside County have what they need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In total, the American Rescue Plan delivers $1.28 billion in funding for Riverside County, including:
- $611 million in state and local funding;
- $190 million in higher education emergency relief funding;
- $324 million in K-12 funding;
- $88 million in local transit funding;
- $14 million in Community Health Center funding;
- $57 million in emergency rental assistance.
FEMA has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance for Californians who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. The funeral assistance program was included in the American Rescue Plan, which Congressman Ruiz voted for and President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021.
Californians who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral through FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted.
Who Can Apply for Assistance?
You may qualify if: You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, and the funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
Individuals may apply for assistance for multiple funerals.
How do Californians Apply?
FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday-Friday, 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET. No online applications will be accepted. Multilingual services will be available.
What Information do Californians Need to Provide?
The applicant responsible for COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information below when they call FEMA to register for assistance. FEMA recommends gathering this information ahead of the application process.
- Social Security number for the applicant and the deceased individual
- Date of birth for the applicant and the deceased individual
- Current mailing address for the applicant
- Current telephone number for the applicant
- Location or address where the deceased individual passed away
- Information about burial or funeral insurance policies
- Information about other funeral assistance received, such as donations
- CARES Act grants and assistance from voluntary organizations
- Routing and account number of the applicant’s checking or savings account (for direct deposit, if requested)
Learn more from FEMA HERE.