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American Rescue Plan

Shana Davis, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko & Dr. Leigh Wedenoja at Tonko's Albany office, July 12, 2021.
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Advance federal Child Tax Credit payments begin Thursday as part of the federal COVID relief package. Advocates want every eligible family to receive them.

The City of Albany and the COVID Recovery Task Force are seeking input on the City’s use of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Albany is looking for public input on how to spend federal American Rescue Plan funding.

a commercial kitchen

               More financial help is available now for a sector of businesses that were among the hardest hit by the pandemic shutdowns – food service establishments. 

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

American Rescue Plan funding is being distributed.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded April 29.


Business leaders in Massachusetts have launched an urgent lobbying campaign to get Beacon Hill to lower a surprise increase in their unemployment insurance tax bill.

Vermont plans to expand options for summer programs for kids using federal COVID-19 relief funding following a tough school year amid the pandemic.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont’s governor is outlining how he would like the state to use the money it will receive from the American Rescue Plan.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and Congressman Richard Neal
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Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts have sketched out plans to spend tens of millions of dollars coming directly to the municipal government from the $2 trillion American Rescue Plan.  

Vermont’s 11 community health centers are getting more than $33 million in federal funding as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Senator Chuck Schumer, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Rachel Seeber, and Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paid a visit to Glens Falls today to tout the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package signed by President Biden.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney holds virtual press conference with NY-18 city fire chiefs, police chief, March 29, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney met virtually with a few local city police and fire chiefs in the 18th District Monday. They talked about how funding from the American Rescue Plan will help their departments. The chiefs also raised issues about access to PPE, or personal protective equipment, and other concerns.

Four people in masks stand in front of three flags - the US, Massachusetts and Pittsfield flags - in front of a dais.
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Congressman Richard Neal came to Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday to announce that over $41 million of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act will go to Berkshire County.

Hugh Johnson
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Millions of Americans have started receiving stimulus checks as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan meant to help the U.S. economy continue its recovery from a recession induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the legislation was only signed into law by President Biden two weeks ago, economist Hugh Johnson says the measure is already impacting the nation’s financial picture.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at Newburgh Free Academy, March 23, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Tuesday with superintendents from Orange County’s three city school districts. They spoke about how funding from the American Rescue Plan will help their schools.

Congressman Peter Welch
Office of Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont at-large Congressman Peter Welch met with several groups this week to discuss the effects of the pandemic and provide updates on the recently signed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

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Federal funding from the latest COVID relief bill is coming to area cities, as officials try to determine how to best spend the money.

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Like other Capital Region cities, Saratoga Springs is set to receive an influx of federal funding after President Biden signed the latest COVID relief bill. But the city is only expecting about half the amount it was hoping for in a previous bill. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (file)
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The head of the North Country Chamber of Commerce has been holding a series of virtual conversations with New York’s elected officials. This week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed a number of issues of interest to the business community.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Governor Phil Scott reported on the latest vaccine distribution plan from the White House today and previewed plans to relax guidelines as more Vermonters receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch met virtually with city councils Monday evening to discuss how they will be affected by the recently passed American Rescue Plan.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, city officials and stakeholders at the Washington Park Lakehouse.
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Responding to President Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan and the continued expansion of COVID vaccine availability, Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched an effort she’s calling “Restart Albany” Friday in Washington Park.

NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado holds Facebook Town Hall on American Rescue Plan, March 9, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a town hall Tuesday night on the American Rescue Plan, which was finalized in the House Wednesday. The COVID-19 relief package includes direct aid for state and local governments.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Holds Anniversary COVID-19 Roundtable with county executives, March 5, 2021
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Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a virtual roundtable Friday with three county executives. The gathering marked one year since Maloney’s first COVID-19 roundtable when the first cases in his 18th District emerged.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Our region’s congressional representatives are discussing key provisions of the American Rescue Plan – the latest COVID relief bill that’s expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

The House is expected to pass the latest COVID relief package Friday or over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in funding for state and local governments, something for which Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been advocating for some time. If the package is passed as is, his 19th District would see more than $400 million. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne Thursday afternoon.

A picture of a teacher's desk with books stacked on it
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Democratic congressional representatives from New York and Connecticut touted the education component of the next COVID-19 funding package the House could pass this week. The package is called the American Rescue Plan, and the lawmakers say funding would help schools reopen safely.

U.S Rep. Richard Neal
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   Another massive COVID relief package is expected to be approved in the U.S. House this week. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, the Springfield Democrat who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, held a news conference to discuss the proposal.