City of Seattle, WA

02/27/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2021 13:02

Mayor Durkan Statement on Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Seattle (February 27, 2021) - Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement after the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives:

'President Biden and House Democrats are leading an important relief package that recognizes the deepening needs of our residents and businesses. An unprecedented pandemic and economic crisis deserve an unprecedented response. The American Rescue Plan has bipartisan support from Mayors and Governors who have been on the frontlines of this crisis and know how urgent the need is for this federal assistance.

'From $1,400 stimulus checks to supporting rental assistance to meal programs to direct aid to cities, Congress is acting to help families and communities who have been suffering for far too long. Additional investments in vaccines and testing will be critical to cities like Seattle as we work to equitably and quickly vaccinate our community.

'The direct funding will be used to support our residents, workers and small businesses and make bold investments to drive our economic recovery. We urge the Senate to pass this legislation quickly so that this assistance can reach our community quickly.'