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About 9% of the American Rescue Plan funding is slated for direct COVID-19 intervention such as vaccines and testing.
But the vast majority is related to pandemic relief, 85% by the calculations of one nonpartisan group. That includes $1,400 stimulus payments, expanded unemployment, school aid and an array of other specific earmarks.
However, the bill also contains an array of policies without any link to the pandemic, such as a minimum wage increase, pension reform and several local transportation projects.
Scott Fitzgerald, Congressman Fitzgerald Votes No on Pelosi’s $1.9 Trillion Payout, Feb. 27, 2021
PolitiFact National, Fact-checking whether Democrats’ ‘wish list’ is in $1.9 trillion relief bill, Feb. 26, 2021
PolitiFact National, How much goes to COVID-19 vaccines in the stimulus bill?, Feb. 16, 2021
PolitiFact North Carolina, Budd says 9% of stimulus targets COVID, the rest is 'not even' related, March 1, 2021
The Washington Post, What’s in the House’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan, Feb. 27, 2021
Newsweek, Fact Check: Is Only 9% of Joe Biden's COVID Stimulus Plan Going to Public Health?, Feb. 18, 2021
The White House, President Biden Announces American Rescue Plan, Jan. 20, 2021
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, "What's in the $1.9 Trillion House COVID Relief Bill?", Feb. 18, 2021
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Four Key Elements of the American Rescue Plan, Feb. 24, 2021
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, COVID Relief Bill Losing Focus as Details Emerge, Feb. 17, 2021
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