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American Rescue Plan provided $1,400 stimulus checks and monthly Child Tax Credit payments to Pennsylvania families

In two years since passage, PA has received at least $38 billion in investments from Rescue Plan

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is releasing the following statement ahead of the two-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan Act being signed into law by President Biden:

“Two years ago, Democrats passed the American Rescue Plan to provide American families with a lifeline during the worst public health and economic crises our nation has seen in a century. It met the moment of uncertainty Pennsylvania was facing,” Senator Casey said. “This law continues to deliver billions of dollars to our Commonwealth and has brought Pennsylvania back stronger than it was before the pandemic. Thanks to President Biden’s agenda, our economy is thriving, unemployment is down, and families have peace of mind knowing that Pennsylvania is a place of opportunity to raise a family.”

To date, Pennsylvania has received at least $38 billion from the American Rescue Plan, including $1,400 stimulus checks and monthly Child Tax Credit payments for Pennsylvania parents. Funding from the Rescue Plan helped get the vast majority of Americans vaccinated from COVID-19 and reopened schools across the Commonwealth. . Additionally, the law vastly expanded subsidies for health insurance purchased through Pennie, the health insurance marketplace, eliminating premiums for some Pennsylvanians and significantly lowering health care costs for many more. The law also provided investments for health centers, mental health, home and community-based services, housing, child care, small businesses, public transportation, and more. Pennsylvania also received investments from economic development initiatives created by the Rescue Plan, including the over $62 million for the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative to grow robotics and artificial intelligence sector in Southwestern PA, and over $22 million for Philaworks, Philadelphia’s workforce development board to create a regional workforce training program. 

Below is a sample of how American Rescue Plan dollars were used to help Pennsylvanians over the last two years:

Local Government Funding

CHNI News - PA state, small towns, schools all share in big bucks from American Rescue Plan

WTAJ - Senator Bob Casey visits Huntingdon Co to highlight ARPA Funding

Daily Local News - Chester County Food Bank gets $600,000 to fund expansion; Sen. Casey tours facility

Huntington Daily News - U.S. senator touts benefits of ARPA in county

WDIY Local News - ‘It’s Going to Change Lives in Our Community’: Leaders Describe Impact of ARP Funding in Bethlehem

Abc27 - U.S. Senator Bob Casey visits the Midstate, touts American Rescue Plan

The Sentinel - Cumberland County commissioners approve additional $5.4 million in ARPA grants

Gettysburg Times - County to aid municipalities, fire, EMS through ARPA funds

The Times Herald - Montgomery County Recovery Office moves forward with funding $161 million in projects

Daily Local - $2.5 million allocated to help restore health care services to southern Chester County

Morning Call - ‘It’s up to us to do the work.’ Sen. Bob Casey hears about Bethlehem’s $34 million COVID relief funding plans, including affordable housing

WHYY: Upper Darby praised as feds launch billion-dollar grants

Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Williamsport’s $25.4M American Rescue Plan budget approved

Shamokin News-Item - Commissioners award $4.4 million in ARPA funds

Lancaster Online - Here’s how Lancaster County is spending American Rescue Plan Act funding [chart]

Morning Call - Allentown still has nearly half of its $57 million in American Rescue Plan money. Here’s how it will be spent.

Levittown Now - Bristol Twp. Outlines Plans For $15.8 Million In American Rescue Plan Money

Economic Development Investments and Relief for Small Businesses and Workers

Casey Announces Over $62 Million to Expand and Strengthen Southwestern PA Technology Industry

Pittsburgh Magazine - Pittsburgh Region Wins Share of $1 Billion Through the Build Back Better Challenge

abc27 - Pennsylvania receives $268M in American Rescue Plan funding for small businesses

Penn Capital-Star - $267M in federal aid headed to Pa. to help small biz in underserved communities

NewsNation - $1,400 stimulus checks could be sent within days as House readies to pass virus relief

Casey Announces Over $22 Million for Philadelphia Workforce Development Program

Casey Announces $3.2 Million for Oil City National Bank Building Renovation from American Rescue Plan

Protecting Pennsylvanians’ Hard-Earned Pensions: As a result of Senator Casey’s leadership, the American Rescue Plan included a provision that saved the pensions of thousands of Pennsylvanians

Child Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credit

Post-Gazette - Leaning on tax credits, Dems hope to stem child poverty by delivering income stream to families

Go Erie - Child tax credit: What we know about when and how to receive the extra money

WGAL - Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey urges families to take advantage of expanded child care tax credit

WFMZ - Sen. Casey talks with community leaders, parents in Allentown about expanded child tax credit

CBS News - The $8,000 child tax credit that many parents may not know about

Erie News Now - Families Can Receive Additional Tax Credit To Help With Costs Of Child Care

Delco Times - Sen. Bob Casey promotes Child Tax Credit at the Community YMCA

Bradford Era - Casey touts new tax credit to help families with childcare costs

Post-Gazette - With much attention on the expanded child tax credit, relief for child and dependent care costs flies under the radar

Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Casey Applauds $1.2 Billion Investment in PA Home and Community-Based Services

Casey Holds Hearing on How American Rescue Plan Helps Seniors and People with Disabilities During Pandemic

Times Leader - 4 of Casey’s top issues included in $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan

GoErie - Casey: $12.7 billion in stimulus bill for home, community-based care, but more needed

Bradford Era - Casey explains ‘caregiver crisis’ in Pa.

Education and Schools

U.S. Department of Education Approves Pennsylvania's Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students, Distributes Remaining $1.6 Billion To State

WJAC - U.S. Department of Education approves PA American Rescue Plan funding

Daily Item - Districts finding ways to spend relief funds

Daily Local News - 7 Chester County school districts to share grant for structured literacy and science of reading program

WPXI - Pittsburgh Public Schools got $170 million in pandemic relief money: What are they doing with it?

abc27 - Three Cumberland County colleges/universities set to get American Rescue Plan funding

Public Transportation

Pennsylvania Capital-Star - Alle.Co. Port Authority nabs $216M COVID grant; will use money to recover from pandemic losses

Casey Announces $96 Million for SEPTA from American Rescue Plan

WHYY - $96 million federal grant should keep SEPTA rolling through 2024

Casey Announces $12.5 Million for LANTA from American Rescue Plan

Casey Announces $780,000 for Port Authority of Allegheny County from American Rescue Plan

Casey Announces $205,000 for Centre Area Transportation Authority from American Rescue Plan