Rep. Sewell Meets with Hale County Officials on the American Rescue Plan District Tour
Greensboro, AL — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) met with local officials in Hale County to highlight the $2.84 million in direct relief that Hale County will receive from the American Rescue Plan. In addition to the $2.84 million for the county, the towns of Akron, Greensboro, Moundville, and Newbern will receive $60,000, $420,000, $460,000, and $30,000, respectively. Hale County Schools will receive $8.46 million from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund included in the American Rescue Plan. While in Hale County, Rep. Sewell was also briefed about recent tornado damage and met with Hale county ema director, red cross officials, local elected officials to discuss relief efforts.
The American Rescue Plan creates a new Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to keep first responders, health workers, teachers, and other frontline workers safely on the job as the Biden-Harris Administration and local governments roll out vaccines and fight to rebuild Main Street economies.
“I was fortunate to be in Hale County today to meet with local officials about ongoing COVID-19 and tornado relief efforts and to announce the critical resources Hale County and local towns will receive from the American Rescue Plan,” said Rep. Sewell. “Today’s visit reinforced the challenges that our rural counties and towns have faced as a result of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Relief Plan will go far in helping local communities continue to fight the pandemic, provide paychecks for families, and put children safely back in schools. Help is no longer just on the way, it is here!”
“Today, I also met with the community officials and leaders who are working tirelessly to help residents and businesses of Hale County recover from last week’s storms,” continued Sewell. “I will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials to ensure that our communities receive the assistance they need to recover and rebuild.”
The American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:
- Put Vaccines in Arms: The plan has created a $20 billion national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It also takes complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities.
- Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the President’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December. The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan delivers $170 billion for education and $45 billion for child care providers. This includes a $130 billion investment in K-12 school re-opening and making up for lost time in the classroom, with funds that can be used for such things as reducing class sizes, modifying spaces so that students and teachers can socially distance, improving ventilation, implementing more mitigation measures, providing personal protective equipment and providing summer school or other support for students that help make up lost learning time this year. The plan also provides more than $40 billion for higher education.
- Put People Back In Jobs: The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.
Background on the American Rescue Plan District Tour:
Rep. Sewell’s American Rescue Plan District Tour is a series of site visits, roundtable discussions, and constituency meetings to connect residents of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District with all the resources available in the American Rescue Plan. The tour began on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, and will continue through Friday, April 9, 2021.
Photos and videos from today’s press conferences can be found here.