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Maryland Democratic Party Lauds House Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Feb 27, 2021

All Seven of Maryland’s Democratic House Representatives Vote for the Package

MARYLAND Friday, February 24th, Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis released the following statement after House Democrats passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan — a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package:

“Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, a huge step towards getting relief to the American people and building our nation back better. 

“Our nation faces a series of unprecedented crises; the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout have exacted an incalculable toll on our state and our nation — Marylanders are out of work, small businesses are in peril, and families are struggling to put food on the table. The need for bold and aggressive COVID-19 relief could not be greater, and the American Rescue Plan will do just that. President Biden’s plan, which is now on the way to the Senate, will complete the $2000 direct relief checks, extend unemployment benefits, provide aid to small businesses, fund vaccination and testing expansion, and support schools and school reopening. 

“Biden pledged to build our nation back better — with today’s vote he’s continued to make good on this pledge, and we see what a Democratic Congress and President can deliver for the American people. 

“I’m proud of Maryland’s seven Democratic House Members who voted to send this much-needed COVID-19 relief to the American people, and I’m grateful for their leadership on this pressing issue. Maryland is well represented by them and we are grateful to Majority Leader Hoyer who has championed this aid. 

“It’s unfortunate that no Republican Representatives thought that Americans should get help with these crises, including Rep. Andy Harris who voted against the COVID-19 aid for the people of his district, our state, and our country. Rep. Harris has repeatedly downplayed the severity of this crisis, so it’s sadly not surprising that he would oppose aid for those in need — he continues to be an embarrassment.”