Concord, N.H. -- Today, Congress passed President Biden’s landmark American Rescue Plan Act which will provide billions of dollars in federal relief to Granite Staters - including $1,400 stimulus checks directly to individuals and families. But Chris Sununu has made clear that if he was in the Senate, he would have sided with the Kochs and Washington Republicans and blocked this much-needed relief for New Hampshire.
By voting “no” on the COVID-relief bill, here is what Sununu would have blocked for Granite Staters:
$1,400 in direct payments to individuals and dependents, bringing nearly $1.5 billion into the Granite State.
$300 in federal expanded unemployment insurance benefits through the summer -- $17 million a week for struggling Granite Staters.
$3,000 to $3,600 child tax credits, enough to lift 8,000 New Hampshire kids out of poverty and provide tax relief to the families of 222,000 New Hampshire children.
$350 billion in state and local government aid that can be used to offset revenue losses and help hold down property taxes, including more than $1.5 billion in aid for New Hampshire.
$48 billion for COVID testing, tracing, and prevention.
$15 billion to fund vaccinations and COVID treatments.
$125 billion for public K-12 schools to reopen safely -- including $350 million for public schools in New Hampshire.
$29 billion in direct relief for the restaurant industry.
New PPP loans and Emergency Impact Disaster Loans, plus $1.25 billion to aid performance venues.
$39 billion to address the child care crisis -- including $367 million in new child care funding for New Hampshire.
$27.4 billion for rental housing assistance, including $152 million for New Hampshire.
Expanding subsidies to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for two years, which would reduce premium payments for New Hampshire families by an average of $291 a month.
For months, Sununu maintained that he didn’t want any federal funding for New Hampshire. But in February, Sununu said he would vote against President Biden’s relief bill and then made false claims about how the money will be distributed to score cheap political points for New Hampshire Republicans. President Biden’s COVID relief bill gives New Hampshire more money per capita than the CARES Act and is supported by 75 percent of Americans -- including 71 percent of Independent voters, and 59 percent of Republicans, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll. “I am incredibly proud of our federal delegation for delivering billions of dollars in federal relief for Granite Staters -- for stimulus payments, unemployment insurance, funding for COVID testing and vaccines, and more -- which Chris Sununu explicitly said he would not do,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “While our delegation passed one of the most important economic relief packages of our lifetime, Chris Sununu and Mitch McConnell played political games with critical COVID relief for Granite Staters. By opposing this economic relief package, Sununu reminded voters that while he is beholden to his corporate special interests, our federal delegation is working for the people of New Hampshire.”