Senate Democrats voted to deliver urgently needed relief for Americans, but not a single North Carolina Republican joined in the effort to put checks in people’s pockets, expand the child tax credit, ramp up vaccine distribution, provide money for schools, send aid to small businesses, and more.
North Carolina Republicans are now on the hook to explain why they would oppose such a consequential piece of legislation during this time of crisis.
The Cardinal & Pine declares North Carolina parents “big winners” of the federal relief package as the $1400 check and expanded child tax credit would support the 1.4 million North Carolinians living in poverty: “The coronavirus did not create poverty. It only made it somehow more unbearable. The COVID relief bill, by addressing child tax care credits, unemployment insurance, and state and local governments, seems to understand.” As North Carolinians are facing both a public health and economic crisis, the American Rescue Plan will deliver economic relief to families who need it most, which “matters a great deal” for parents who now “might not have to choose between food and a badly needed pair of shoes for their child.”
“North Carolina Republicans like Mark Walker and anyone vying to replace Senator Burr will have to explain why families suffering from the impact of COVID-19 do not deserve $1400 checks and urgently needed relief,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. “When North Carolina voters go to the ballot box in 2022, they’ll remember who they can count on to fight for them.”
The American Rescue Plan would provide:
- $5.3 billion in state fiscal relief to North Carolina
- $3.8 billion in local fiscal relief to North Carolina
- $3.9 billion in relief for K-12 schools
- $1400 checks for families
- Funding to boost Governor Cooper’s vaccine roll out
- Extended unemployment benefits for North Carolinians out of work who are in “one of the stingiest unemployment programs in the country” and would otherwise start losing benefits next week
- Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 924,000 children, lifting 137,000 children out of poverty
- Additional incentive for states who have not yet expanded Medicaid