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Senator Amanda Ragan praises American Rescue Plan, calling it “good for Iowa families”


This news story was published on March 20, 2021.
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Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:

Women have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. Throughout the country, more than 2.5 million women have dropped out of the workforce in the past year. Female participation dipped to 57%, its lowest point in more than three decades.

The American Rescue Plan—the largest relief package for families in recent U.S. history—will have a huge, positive impact. For example, the federal legislation signed into law on March 11 provides $110 billion to expand the Child Tax Credit. Experts say the bill<https://www.thelily.com/millions-of-parents-will-get-3600-a-year-per-child-for-working-moms-its-a-total-game-changer/> could slash child poverty by almost 50%, and help many women get back to work.

Millions of parents will get $3,600 per child this year. Single parents making less than $75,000 and couples making less than $150,000 will receive a monthly tax credit of $300 for every child under 6 and $250 for every child 6 and over.

While this is a great step to helping families get their finances back on track, more can be done.

At the state level, we have many opportunities to build on the federal stimulus package. Senate Democrats support a COVID Recovery Plan<http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/2021/01/our-covid-recovery-plan/> that would help families bounce back by:

*   Expanding access to child care, including expanding Iowa’s child and dependent care tax credit (SF 437<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=89&ba=SF437>; SF 177<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=89&ba=SF177>; SF 186<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=89&ba=SF186>).
*   Expanding access to preschool, which is suffering a significant loss in funding as a result of the pandemic (SF 189<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=89&ba=SF189>).
*   Ensuring eligible Iowa employees qualify for up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave from work (SF 137<https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=89&ba=SF137>).

Other good news in the American Rescue Plan includes:

*   More than $400 billion in public health spending—or roughly 21% of the stimulus package—for a national vaccination program, testing expansion, a public health jobs program and other measures to combat the virus.
*   $358 billion for safely reopening schools and emergency paid leave for those who test positive for COVID-19.
*   $420 billion for direct stimulus payments to individuals.
*   $350 billion to extend unemployment benefits and supplement state unemployment insurance payments.
*   $50 billion to expand health care access through the Affordable Care Act.

I’ll dig into other aspects of the American Rescue Plan in my columns over the coming weeks.

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10 Responses to Senator Amanda Ragan praises American Rescue Plan, calling it “good for Iowa families”

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    Ghost Ronald Reply Report comment

    March 23, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Hello, I am the ghost of former President Ronald Reagan. Amanda is my Daughter I had with Grace Kelly. She is a furocious advocate for her constituents. She is also former Manly mayor Regan Banks sister. Regan is my step son, he was born to Grace Kelly after a romantic night she had with Babe Ruth.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2021 at 9:04 am

    The governor turned DOWN this plan because it gave the federal government more control of our state”s laws such as lowering taxes – SOME cities however seemed to apply for these funds (2) examples are Hampton and Clarion Iowa – give us Iowa folks a break – we all know who is filling these cities with immigrants and yes I has been proven 30 to 50% of all packing house workers are illegal immigrants. So be it if the truth is known. Tired of your propaganda.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 22, 2021 at 3:03 am

    One of the things that the bill does do, is to stop the state from being able to lower tax rates. Letting working people keep more of their hard earned money.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    People need to go to the actual bill and read what’s in it, not take medias (liberal or conservative) word for it.

    The Democrats call it, “The American Rescue Plan”, also known as H.R.1319

    Here is a link:
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 20, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    She loves it cause it dumps millions into the coffers of the teachers union. What a fraud!! Nevermind that your grandchildren’s grandchildren will be paying for this.
    When will we wake up vote this spendo-crat out of office?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 20, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      It “dumps” absolutely nothing in the teacher’s union. You are really a dumbass.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 21, 2021 at 7:25 am

      who do you think is going to pay back the 1.9 trillion that’s just being spent?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 21, 2021 at 3:12 pm

        Hopefully, we all will because if we don’t, this country is in more trouble. That said, we have added and added to the national debt for years so if you’re insinuating this is Biden’s fault, you are wrong.

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      Pee wee Reply Report comment

      March 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      This hefty skank is hard to beat, on count of all the dummies and welfare scum we got here in Mason.

      Shes a loser gets her votes from losers, makes it tough to get her fat butt out, alot of losers up here, they do vote.

      They eat and breed and vote and keep her in and they love Biden and all the Democrap scum.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 21, 2021 at 9:40 pm

        “Peewee” describes your brain size accurately. Better go out and pick up some more cans so can buy another bottle.