Business Leaders to Congress: Support the American Rescue Plan

From the Majority Leader Press Shop:

An overwhelming majority of Americans (83% of Americans according to a CBS News/YouGov poll, and 72% of Americans, including 53% of Republicans, according to Navigator Research) support the American Rescue Plan to provide urgently needed relief to defeat the virus and restore our economy. Officials at every level of government on both sides of the aisle are asking for Congress to take action. And now, more than 160 business leaders – including the CEOs of Google, Lyft, Comcast, AT&T, and more – are joining the chorus of voices in support of this bill. You can find the full letter and list of signatories here, and below are a few highlights from CNN’s preview story on the letter:

“More than 150 senior executives from some of the largest American companies across several major industries have lined up behind President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, according to a letter obtained by CNN.”

“’Previous federal relief measures have been essential, but more must be done to put the country on a trajectory for a strong, durable recovery,’ the executives wrote in the letter addressed to bipartisan congressional leaders that will be sent Wednesday. ‘Congress should act swiftly and on a bipartisan basis to authorize a stimulus and relief package along the lines of the Biden-Harris administration's proposed American Rescue Plan.’”

“Biden, over the course of his first month in office, has relentlessly pressed lawmakers to pass his cornerstone legislative proposal, which includes funding for schools, vaccine distribution and infrastructure, states and localities, direct payments and extensions of expiring unemployment insurance programs.”

“’Strengthening the public health response to coronavirus is the first step toward economic restoration,’ the executives wrote. ‘The American Rescue Plan mobilizes a national vaccination program, delivers economic relief to struggling families, and supports communities that were most damaged by the pandemic.’”