The entire NC Republican delegation, including Senator Burr and Tillis, and Representatives Bishop, Budd, Cawthorn, Foxx, Hudson, McHenry, Murphy, and Rouzer unanimously voted against the historic American Rescue Plan and against delivering urgently needed COVID-19 relief to North Carolinians, despite its broad support among Americans.
As the legislation is sent to President Biden’s desk to sign, voters across North Carolina are reading, watching, and learning more about what their Republican representatives voted against.
The News & Observer also highlighted the impact of the plan as “as many as 9.1 million North Carolina residents will receive some federal economic stimulus checks,” while also citing that the “measure is popular with voters across party lines despite unified opposition from Republicans in Congress.”
A child poverty advocate emphasized the profound impact of the American Rescue Plan’s child tax credit expansion as a “game-changer” for the 40 percent of children living in poor or low-income households across the state, particularly Black and Latino children: “We’ve not really seen public policy addressing poverty on this scale in our lifetimes…It will lift millions of children out of poverty and dramatically improve the trajectory of their lives and improve outcomes for them.”
As more than 11,000 North Carolinians have died, nearly 900,000 have been infected, and thousands more are out of work, have seen their businesses shuttered, or are in financial turmoil, the entire NC Republican delegation is on the record opposing this critical relief.
Read more about the historic impact of the American Rescue Plan:
- News & Observer: Here’s what NC individuals, families and governments can expect from COVID relief bill
- ABC11: NC lawmakers clash over merits of $1.9T COVID-19 relief plan
- NC Policy Watch: The American Rescue Plan is the relief North Carolinians need
- Associated Press: COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many
- New York Times: New Stimulus Package Brings Big Benefits to the Middle Class