Columbus, OH — Ohio elected officials and advocates joined Protect Our Care Ohio and For Our Future Ohio for a virtual press conference to urge the U.S. Senate to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, and provide desperately needed relief to Ohio families and communities.
The American Rescue Plan, which passed the U.S. House on Saturday and is now with the U.S. Senate, will provide state and local authorities with the resources they need to protect their communities during the pandemic. The plan includes funding to scale up vaccine distribution, protect families and frontline workers, boost struggling local businesses, and expand access to financial assistance for more middle-class families. It includes historic and overwhelmingly popular provisions to lower health care costs and expand access to care.
“Workers and their families need to see their government work for them, now,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “And this rescue plan must be the beginning of our work to deliver results that empower people and make their lives better, not the end.”
“We are still in crisis and we need bold action before we are out of the woods — and that is what the American Rescue Plan brings,” said Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney. “What we need here in Chillicothe might not be the same as what they need in other communities across Ohio, so one of the most important pieces of this plan is that the aid that comes to local communities is unrestricted.”
“In good conscience we could not engage in tax foreclosures in all of 2020 and likely in 2021,” said Lucas County Treasurer Lindsay Webb. “That has an impact on the jurisdictions that rely on me to collect taxes so that they can provide essential services to the people that they serve. I can’t avoid foreclosure forever, but the last thing we want to do is hurt people who are trying to keep their families safe.”
“The American Rescue Plan provides a bold federal response for what we in cities need right now,” said Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin. “It is vital to quickly distributing vaccines in the city of Cleveland, including within communities of color.”
“I may be the auditor of the 14th most populous city in America, but I am a small-town girl at heart,” said Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore. “It pains me to see hard-working people hurting back home in Southeastern Ohio – a region that has fed and fueled big cities like Columbus for generations. Just as it pains me to see families struggling to get by here in one of the fastest growing cities in America – where our diverse economy and Triple A bond rating has allowed us to weather this financial storm much more successfully than many other communities in the country.”
“The American Rescue Plan will help lower health care costs, which is especially important during tough economic times like these,” said Desiree Tims, President and CEO of Innovation Ohio. “We need Congress to pass this bill because it is the right thing to do, but we also need to remember it is the popular thing to do. The vast majority of Americans support this legislation; they support taking big, bold action to help their friends, family, and neighbors who they see everyday struggling to make ends meet.”
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes several key provisions to, including:
Supporting State And Local Communities
Protecting American Workers And Families
Robust Investment In Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Response
Lowering the cost of health care