ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: WHAT GOP SENATORS’ OPPOSITION TO THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN MEANS FOR THEIR STATES

The coronavirus crisis has taken a unique financial toll on states — with budget shortfalls set to exceed $500 billion over the next two years. It’s forced layoffs of more than 1.4 million workers and put millions more at risk, threatening the national economy, and left states without the resources to control the pandemic. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan would deliver $350 billion in state and local aid to keep essential workers and first responders on the job, support vaccination efforts, and help open schools safely. Yet Republicans in Congress are still saying “no” to billions of dollars in aid for their struggling states.

Click on the senators below to see what — and who — they’re leaving behind in their states by opposing the ARP:

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Collins’ opposition to the ARP could prevent Maine from receiving over $1.6 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Mainers aid would do*:

  • Cut funding to respond to Maine’s school closures and to meet student and teacher needs.
  • Threaten vaccine access for 238,944 Mainers on Medicaid.
  • Slash funding for development and procurement of Covid treatments, vaccines, and tests.
  • Cut increased unemployment benefits for nearly 50,000 Mainers.
  • Deny Maine help to recover $528 million in revenue that was lost, delayed, or decreased due to the pandemic.

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, the economic situation in Maine is dire...

  • According to Maine’s Department of Health, demand for public food assistance and financial aid spiked immediately following the expiration of federal aid; 13.6% of households in Maine experience food insecurity, the highest rate in New England.
  • The Maine Center for Economic Policy said that “if Congress fails to act and we do not receive support, the people of Maine will quite simply fall off an economic cliff.”
  • 40% of Maine seniors can’t afford basic expenses.

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Murkowski’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Alaska from receiving over $1 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Alaskans aid would do*:

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Alaskans are struggling to stay afloat...

Senator Bill Cassidy

Senator Cassidy’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Louisiana from receiving over $5 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Louisianans aid would do*:

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Louisianians are in desperate need...

Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

Senators Rubio and Scott’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Florida from receiving over $16.5 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Floridians aid would do*:

  • Cut funding to respond to Florida’s school closures and to meet student and teacher needs.
  • Threaten vaccine access for 4,315,244 Floridians on Medicaid.
  • Slash funding for development & procurement of Covid treatments, vaccines, and tests.
  • Cut increased unemployment benefits for 187,000 Floridians.
  • Deny Florida help to recover $3.4 billion in revenue that was lost, delayed, or decreased as a result of the pandemic.

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Floridians need state and local aid...

  • Mayors from 163 Florida cities urged Congress to authorize additional aid, saying that the state and local aid authorized under the CARES Act for Florida was insufficient.
  • Emergency state and local aid would help Florida cover the costs related to the coronavirus, along with hurricane-related expenses, and would avoid delays for public infrastructure projects. Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, emphasized that it was “clear” that Florida was in need of additional state and local aid.
  • According to Moody’s Analytics’s Dan White, Florida faced a $16 billion shortfall over the next three fiscal years; “even the best states are going to have trouble digesting something like that,” he said.

Senator Mitt Romney

Senator Romney’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Utah from receiving over $2.5 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Utah aid would do*:

  • Cut funding to respond to Utah’s school closures and to meet student and teacher needs.
  • Threaten vaccine access for 365,322 Utahns on Medicaid.
  • Slash funding for development & procurement of Covid treatments, vaccines, and tests.
  • Cut increased unemployment benefits for 32,000 Utahns.
  • Deny Utah help to recover $757 million in revenue that was lost, delayed, or decreased as a result of the pandemic.

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Utahns needed state and local aid...

Senator Richard Shelby

Senator Shelby’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Alabama from receiving over $4 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Alabama aid would do*:

  • Cut funding to respond to Alabama’s school closures and to meet student and teacher needs.
  • Could threaten vaccine access for 983,168 Alabamians on Medicaid.
  • Slash funding for development & procurement of Covid treatments, vaccines, and tests.
  • Cut increased unemployment benefits for 107,000 Alabamians.
  • Deny Alabama help to recover revenue that was lost, delayed, or decreased as a result of the pandemic.

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Alabama is in dire need of aid...

  • Over 80 Alabama advocacy groups agreed that state and local funds provided Alabama the “best hope to ensure the economic downturn [didn’t] force families into long term, catastrophic conditions that [would] impact generations to come;” Alabama was one of the poorest states in the country with 800,000 residents living in poverty “before this pandemic devastated the economy.”
  • Alabama state and local aid could be used to help pay for programs to help pay for rent, mortgage, utility bill assistance, child care centers, and food assistance programs for Alabamians impacted by the pandemic; Carol Gundlach, policy analyst with Alabama Rise, said: “Alabama has very real, immediate needs. We still have people unemployed. We have some of the lowest unemployment benefits in the nation.”

Senator Pat Toomey

Senator Pat Toomey’s opposition to the ARP could prevent Pennsylvania from receiving over $13 billion in emergency state and local aid. Here’s what denying Pennsylvanians aid would do*:

  • Cut funding to respond to Pennsylvania’s school closures and to meet student and teacher needs.
  • Could threaten vaccine access for 3,158,811 Pennsylvanians on Medicaid.
  • Slash funding for development & procurement of Covid treatments, vaccines, and tests.
  • Cut increased unemployment benefits for 969,000 Pennsylvanians.
  • Deny Pennsylvania help to recover revenue that was lost, delayed, or decreased as a result of the pandemic.

*CBPP numbers as of February 18th, 2021

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is in dire need of aid...

  • Pennsylvania was one of the slowest to recover from the Great Recession and is now battling a COVID recession.
  • Pennsylvania relies on federal state and local aid to help fund programs that benefit people with intellectual disabilities, nursing home residents, victims of domestic violence, and to make up for revenue losses.
  • During the first months of the pandemic, Pennsylvania’s GDP fell 10.32% due to the impacts of COVID-19.