The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, primarily to combat the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provided crisis support for unemployed workers that extended several federally funded jobless benefit programs, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs, which offered additional weeks of unemployment aid for individuals who no longer qualified for state benefits and provided a third round of stimulus checks worth $1,400.
The American Rescue Plan included the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act, a major legislative priority for the IBEW that shores up troubled multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation at no cost to participants. During the pandemic, the passenger transportation system in America was hit hard by the precipitous decline in ridership. The IBEWrepresents thousands of workers in this sector, as well as thousands of construction and maintenance workers who depend on the work hours generated by capital improvements. The American Rescue Plan provided $30.5 billion for Federal Transit Administration grants, $1.7 billion for grants to Amtrak, with funding set aside to resume service on long-distance routes and recall furloughed employees.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021
(Bipartisan Infrastructure Law)
IBEW supports the historic $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” or “BIL”) that was signed into law on November 15, 2021, the largest investment in American infrastructure in decades. Notably, IBEW members were invited to join President Joe Biden and IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson at the White House signing ceremony.
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