Because of Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, help is here for families across our country — no thanks to Republicans, who voted against this relief
AUSTIN, Texas — Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced that 100 million COVID-19 relief checks have been distributed to American families, including millions of Texans. The much-needed relief was made possible by Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion plan to help struggling families and beat back the pandemic — no thanks to Texas Republicans in Congress, who universally voted against this relief.
After a year of suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic, struggling Texas families are finally getting money in their pockets to get back on their feet. President Biden’s relief checks are a much-needed boost for far too many Texans who have lost their jobs or are facing uncertainty. Meanwhile, the American Rescue Plan is also helping Texans finally get vaccinated against COVID-19. President Biden and Vice-President Harris have already gotten 100 million Americans vaccinated — a goal they met 42 days earlier than their target date. Next week, thanks to the broader vaccine access the American Rescue Plan has ensured, all Texas adults will be eligible to get the vaccine.
Every single Republican in Congress voted against this vital relief, including all Texas Republican members of the U.S. House and disgraced Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Earlier this month, we learned that Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) was busy trying to make money on the stock market when the pandemic hit — yet when the chance came to get relief to Texans, he too voted against it. From mismanaging the pandemic, to voting against relief for struggling Texans, to abandoning Texans during the winter storm last month, Texas Republicans have flat-out refused to help Texans in crisis after crisis.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Today is a great day for Texans. Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, 100 million checks have made it to American families in need. Because of our Democratic champions, this money will help Texans get back on their feet after an incredibly tough year, help support small businesses, and get our economy back on track. And with President Biden’s aggressive vaccination plan, every Texas adult will be eligible to get the vaccine as soon as next week — so we can finally beat back this pandemic.
“Every Texas Republican in Congress voted against this relief. There’s no other way to put it: this is shameful. Texas families have been cobbling together the rent, fearing for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and barely scraping by during this pandemic. But while Texans were suffering, Greg Abbott, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and the rest of Texas Republicans watched on and did nothing. We won’t forget.”