Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement in response to President-elect Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, a plan that will help the country recover and rebuild from the pandemic.

"Watching Joe Biden speak last night about his robust relief plan was a breath of fresh air.

"Soon we will have a president in the White House, and Democratic leaders controlling Congress, who understand what economists have told us from the beginning—that in order to recover and rebuild from this pandemic you must first control the coronavirus and that rent and food are not going to trickle down to millions of unemployed Americans.

"Republicans who say the plan is too costly are the same Republicans who have spent the past year trying to penny-pinch the American people during a pandemic. We need to vaccinate every person in the country, get all school-age children back in school, get millions of unemployed workers back to work, and help restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms, shopping centers and other businesses reopen, among other monumental missions. You cannot do any of this on the cheap, and, if you care about the country, you should not want to.

“President-elect Biden’s plan is a bold blueprint for building back better; it is also comprehensive and smart and will ensure we are able to address the health and economic challenges before us. It accelerates our testing and vaccination efforts, supports workers and families who have borne the brunt of the economic hits during the pandemic, and puts our economy on a path to recovery. I look forward to working with my colleagues to turn this plan into law."