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FLC Analysis of Current Proposed COVID-19 Relief Measures (House of Representatives)

Following adoption by both chambers of the budget resolution containing reconciliation instructions, the various committees of jurisdiction began the process of considering pieces of legislation intended to move President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package - the American Rescue Plan. Below are highlights of what is currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. The relevant committees of jurisdiction in the Senate have yet to release their proposed legislative text.

NOTE: The text of each section is subject to change as committees go through the markup process.

Highlights of Legislative Proposals (House only)

Issue Area

Current Proposed Legislation

House Committee of Jurisdiction

State and local fiscal aid (CRF Augmented)

Top line = $350B

$195.3B for states and DC:

  • $500M minimum, to a total of $25.5B
  • DC made whole from CARES Act, $755M
  • $169B distributed by formula based on state's share of unemployed workers

$130.2B for locals:

  • Cities = $65.1B [Pop. > 50k ($45.57B, CDBG Eligible); Pop. < 50k ($19.53B, non-CDBG Eligible, money flows through state)]
  • Counties = $65.1B, based on population

$20B tribal governments and $4.5B for territories

Other notes:

  • Broad definition of allowable uses, including lost revenue and negative economic impact of the pandemic
  • Funds available until expended, no deadline for the use of funds
  • Treasury maintains administration, GAO and PRAC conduct oversight, Treasury IG retains audit authority

House Oversight

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*Click here for allocation estimates [approximations only, not guaranteed amounts]; and here for a guide to the allocation spreadsheet

Allocation Estimates UPDATED 2/18/2021

Emergency rental assistance

Top line = $29B in assistance, including for utility payments

  • $19.05B in funding to Treasury for emergency rental and utility assistance that would be allocated to states, territories, counties, and cities to help stabilize renters during the coronavirus pandemic, and help rental property owners of all sizes continue to cover their costs
  • $9.961B to states, territories, and tribes to address the ongoing needs of homeowners struggling to afford their housing due directly or indirectly to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by providing direct assistance with mortgage payments, property taxes, property insurance, utilities, and other housing related costs

House Financial Services

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Education stabilization fund

Top line = $128.5B for grants to State educational agencies

  • 90 percent allocated to local educational agencies (LEA), to be made in accordance with the same terms and conditions applicable to funds provided in fiscal year 2021 for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF) of the Education Stabilization Fund
  • SEAs are required to reserve at least 5 percent of new ESSERF allocations to carry out activities to address learning loss
  • LEAs must reserve at least 20 percent of newly allocated ESSERF sub-grants to address learning loss. The LEA reservation for learning loss is subject to equitable services
  • Under section 1117 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, LEAs are required to provide equitable services based on the number of low-income students, residing in eligible attendance areas within the district, who attend private schools

House Education and Labor

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Transportation and Infrastructure

  • $50B to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund (reimbursement for activities including vaccination efforts, deployment of the National Guard, providing personal protective equipment for critical public sector employees, and disinfecting activities in public facilities such as schools and courthouses)
  • Transit: $30B to help assist with operating costs, including payroll and personal protective equipment
  • Airports: $8B, including $800M for airport concessionaires
  • Economic Development Administration: $3B to provide economic adjustment assistance to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to economic injury caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Aerospace manufacturing: $3B for a temporary payroll support program to retain or rehire workers

House Transportation and Infrastructure

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Low-income water and energy assistance

  • $4.5B to HHS for home energy assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • $500M available to HHS to provide financial assistance to low income and other consumers adversely affected financially by COVID-19 to assist with payments for drinking water and wastewater expenses

House Energy and Commerce

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Emergency paid sick leave credits

  • Grants state and local governments as well as Federal governmental instrumentalities that are tax-exempt 501(c)(1) organizations the ability to access the paid sick time and paid family leave credits under the FFCRA
  • Modifies emergency paid sick leave requirements
  • Access to credits extended through September 30, 2021

House Ways and Means

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Direct stimulus payments

  • Provide $1,400 for each taxpayer in addition to $1,400 per dependent
  • Phases out between: $75,000 and $100,00 of AGI for single filers; $112,500 and $150,000 of AGI for head of household filers; $150,00 and $200,000 of AGI for joint filers)

House Ways and Means

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