After Two All-Day Markups, Ways & Means Advances Majority of President Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Package

Feb 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Tonight, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement applauding the Committee’s work in advancing half of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package:

“Over the last two days, the Ways and Means Committee has considered aggressive, science-based solutions that will deliver the urgent relief our country so desperately needs. From unemployment benefits to health care affordability, the work we’ve done is substantial, and it is exactly what the American people have been calling on us to do to meet this moment.

“To my colleagues on the Committee, the amazing Committee staff, and the many others who worked around the clock to make this happen, thank you for putting the American people first and showing them that help is on the way. I look forward to this package passing Congress and President Biden signing it into law.”

The Ways and Means Committee’s portion of the FY 2021 budget reconciliation bill includes provisions to:

  • Give working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person—bringing their total relief to $2,000 per person.
  • Extend temporary federal unemployment and benefits through August 29, 2021; increases the weekly benefit from $300 to $400.
  • Expand tax credits targeted at workers and families.
  • Support health coverage and improves health care affordability.
  • Protect the elderly and crushes the virus in nursing homes.

Read the Chairman’s opening statement HERE.

More information on the Ways and Means’ provisions in the COVID-19 relief package can be found HERE.