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Letter: Stimulus money not about health

Letter: Stimulus money not about health

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The 800 page $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill (The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) is not just the pandemic. It passed on party line.

It includes $500 million for rural health efforts including vaccine distribution, access to medical supplies, telehealth and providing nutrition to vulnerable communities.

It gives $1,400 stimulus checks to those earning less than $80,000, $800 million to the Food for Peace program in 59 countries, $50 billion for small businesses and $28.6 billion for restaurants, $300 federal unemployment insurance through September, unemployment benefits, a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.

It increases the child tax credit, boosts nutrition assistance programs to $22.7 billion, funding for state and local governments, and housing assistance.

About $4 billion will provide direct payments of up to 120% of a socially disadvantaged farmer’s or rancher’s (black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian) outstanding debt as of Jan. 1, 2021 such as farm loans, storage loans plus 20% to pay off the taxes associated with the debt plus $1.01 billion to provide training for them for about $5 billion.

It has $3.6 billion for USDA commodities, $10 billion to purchase and distribute ag products and funding for ag and supply chain workers, $300 million for animal monitoring for SARS, $100 million to reduce fees at federally inspected meat, poultry and egg processing facilities.

The National Farmers Union praises its passage, calling it a "lifeline." There is more but it seems the liberals wanted to cover many things in this bill.

I am very glad that our Congressmen opposed it.

Marlene Kouba, Regent

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