Overview of the American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has been signed into law by
President Joe Biden. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct
checks to individuals and more.

While some of the bill was changed during its time with Congress, it’s largely similar to the
initial version passed by the House. However, some key provisions, such as a higher minimum
wage, were scrapped amid efforts to pass the bill swiftly.
This article outlines the most relevant provisions included in the bill.


The bill invests billions toward small business assistance. Here is the current funding
• Economic Injury Disaster Loan program: $15 billion
• New grant program for bars and restaurants, specifically: $28 billion
• Paycheck Protection Program: $7.25 billion


Just like the two other COVID-19 relief bills passed during the pandemic, this version also
features direct payments to Americans. This time around, eligible recipients can expect
$1,400 per person ($2,800 for couples), including adult dependents—a family of four could
receive up to $5,600.

However, payment parameters are stricter this time around than with the previous direct
payment. The full amount will go to individuals earning under $75,000 (or $150,000 for
couples), with payments cut off entirely for individuals earning over $80,000 (or $160,000 for
couples). Individuals earning an amount between those figures will receive a reduced sum.

Download the full PDF here – Overview of the American Rescue Plan

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