Three House Committees Markup the American Rescue Plan

This week, House committees are marking up pieces of the American Rescue Plan to provide desperately needed relief to American families.
Today, two House Committees are marking up their portions of the American Rescue Plan, while the Ways & Means Committee continues marking up their piece. As you cover these markups, we wanted to be sure you had a few stats in mind:
The House Energy and Commerce Committee holds their markup at 11:00 a.m. today.
  • With over 27 million confirmed COVID cases in our country and over 470,000 deaths, boosting testing, tracing, and vaccine distribution is a high priority. [John Hopkins, 2/10/21]
    • The American Rescue plan will provide $188 billion in aid to help address the health consequences of this pandemic, including $46 billion to detect, trace, and monitor COVID-19 infections.
The House Veteran’s Affairs Committee holds their markup at 2:00 p.m. today.
  • There are roughly 192,062 Veterans with COVID-19, and 33,045 patients currently at VA facilities. [Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 02/02/21]
    • The American rescue plan  will focus on providing assistance to our nation’s Veterans by making it easier for them to access care during this pandemic. This includes $17 billion in funding to the VA and money to waive copays for treatment.
The House Ways and Means Committee holds their markup at 10:00 a.m. today.
  • 34 percent of deaths in the United States related to COVID-19 have been in our nation’s long-term care facilities. [The New York Times, 2/2/21]
    • The American Rescue Plan is taking action to protect the elderly and put an end to this pandemic by providing skilled nursing facilities with the resources they need to contain outbreak.  
We’re sorry for accidentally omitting yesterday’s markup held at 5:00 p.m. by The House Small Business Committee, but here is an important stat you should know:
  • Out of the 30 million small business in the US, 9 million are at risk of shutting down for good before the end of the year, and 8 out of 10 minority businesses are in poor financial shape.  [CBS News, 02/10/21]
    • The American Rescue Plan provides $7.5 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program while expanding eligibility to more organizations and increasing the program level to over $813 billion. It also supports our restaurants with $25 billion in dedicated funding.