The Committee's Response to COVID-19

The American people need and deserve a coordinated, fully funded, whole-of-government response to keep them and their loved ones safe from this pandemic. The Committee is working tirelessly to put workers, students, and families first and protect Americans’ health, economic security, and well-being.

The American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This historic COVID-19 relief package invested $1.9 trillion to put:

  • Vaccines in Arms;
  • Children Safely Back in School;
  • Money in People’s Pockets; and
  • People Back in Jobs

For a fact sheet on the Education and Labor Committee's portion of the American Rescue Plan Act, click here.

For a state-by-state breakdown of education and child care funding in the American Rescue Plan Act, click here.  

For a state-by-state breakdown of family violence and child abuse prevention funding in the American Rescue Plan Act, click here.  

Consolidated Appropriations Act 

In December 2020, Congress passed a year-end funding package that included significant and urgently needed COVID-19 relief for people across the country.

For a fact sheet on key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriation Act, click here

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the CARES Act, which provided desperately needed relief to students, workers, families, and businesses. 

For a fact sheet on the CARES Act, click here

For a summary of education provisions in the CARES Act, click here

For state-by-state emergency education and child care funding in the CARES Act, click here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provided comprehensive and immediate support to students, workers, employers, and families.  The bipartisan agreement took important steps to improve access to COVID-19 testing, prevent child hunger during school closures, and provide millions of workers and employers urgent relief. 

To learn more about how the bill provides universal no-cost COVID-19 testing, click here

To learn more about how the bill protects students’ access to nutritious meals, click here.

To learn more about how the bill provides emergency paid sick leave to eligible workers, click here

Key Legislation 

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (Signed into Law on March 6, 2020)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Signed into Law on March 18, 2020)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Signed into Law on March 27, 2020)

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (Signed into Law on April 24, 2020)

FY21 Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief (Signed into Law on December 27, 2020)

American Rescue Plan Act (Signed into Law on March 11, 2021)

Letters

To read the Committee’s letters to the administration about their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

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