Congressman Sires Votes in Favor of Budget Reconciliation Resolution
(Washington, D.C.) – Last night, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) voted in favor of H.Con.Res.11, a reconciliation resolution that can be used to provide COVID-19 relief, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 218-212:
“This resolution, which gives Congress the option of using a budget reconciliation process to pass the American Rescue Plan, is vital to supporting hard-working individuals and families across the country,” Said Rep. Sires. “Unfortunately, COVID-19 and the economic fallout associated with the pandemic continue to get worse, with January being the deadliest month on record. The American Rescue Plan includes much-needed relief across many spectrums that will assist American families in getting back to work and weathering the worst of this storm.”
Reconciliation would allow a finalized budget to pass through the Senate with only a simple majority of votes. The resolution passed by the House last night sets a budgetary framework of up to $1.9 trillion and includes instructions for twelve committees to create legislation within their allotted budgetary framework. After this process is completed, the separate committees will send their legislation to the House Committee on the Budget, which Rep. Sires is serving on for the 117th Congress and which will condense the legislation into one bill for House consideration. This resolution is not a comprehensive fiscal blueprint for the next ten years, but simply gives Congress the ability to pass much-needed relief as quickly as possible.
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes many key relief components that will immediately benefit Americans across the country. Included in this relief package is additional individual economic impact payments and funds to speed up COVID-19 vaccination and to upgrade our testing and tracing infrastructure. Also included is funding to extend unemployment benefits, provide rental assistance, support small businesses, and aid state and local governments.