3rd stimulus package advances in Congress; Adelup looking forward to more federal funds

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Adelup (PNC file photo)

The House has approved the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that provides $1,400 for each taxpayer and hundreds of millions of dollars in support to the government of Guam.

Governor Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Tenorio have issued the following statement regarding the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 by the US House of Representatives:

“The People of Guam are one step closer to receiving more federal support with the passage of the third stimulus package in the House. The package allows for more flexibility in the use of direct financial aid to the island—something all 55 governors of the states and territories have advocated for to provide much-needed services to our people,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “This would bolster our COVID-19 response by providing more funds for vaccine distribution and administration, helping us achieve our goal of reaching herd immunity by Liberation Day. I look forward to the increase in unemployment benefits for our people and more grants and PPP assistance for our local businesses.”

“Not only will this package provide each taxpayer with $1,400, but it would provide even more assistance to families with an increased tax break of $3,000-$3,600 for each child depending on age. These benefits would go a long way in helping families and ensuring that no one gets left behind. These measures would reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than half. We remain optimistic that this additional aid will be approved by the Senate,” added Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas also issued the following statement: “As projected, extended relief for our unemployed and reduced hours workers, stimulus for our people, child tax credit refunds for our kids, earned income tax reimbursements, more rental assistance, mortgage assistance, small business assistance, restaurant assistance, local government assistance, and more, is moving steadily into law.”

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