Columbus, OH — The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director RuralOrganizing.org on the passing of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives joined their Senate colleagues by voting for the biggest boost for small towns and rural communities that we’ve seen in over a generation. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provides $5 billion farmers of color, who have lost 90 percent of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt; distrubutes $4 billion to support the food supply chain; allocates $750 million to support the Indian Housing Block Grant program and the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; and provides $140 million to support households residing in USDA-subsidized rural properties or who participate in USDA 502 and 504 Direct mortgage programs.
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When Republicans took control of Washington in 2017, they prioritized policies that further rigged the rules to benefit the wealthy and well connected. Nearly half of the Republican 2018 tax cuts went to households who made over $300,000 that year.
The American Rescue Plan, championed by President Joe Biden and passed by Congressional Democrats, invests $1.9 trillion in the American people and according to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, low- and moderate-income households will receive nearly 70 percent of the tax benefits from the legislation.
It’s a new day in small towns and rural communities who have not only been hit hard by the pandemic but have struggled economically for years. Good policy is always good politics, and as we continue working to ensure that the implementation of this new legislation actually reaches working people in the most remote corners of the country, we will decisively show rural voters which elected officials truly have their backs.
A full breakdown of how The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will impact small towns and rural communities can be found here.
The mission of RuralOrganizing.org is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.