The massive $1.9 trillion relief plan, the American Rescue Plan, has made it through Congress and now waits for the president’s signature. It passed without a single vote from Republicans in either chamber. New Mexico’s Democratic leaders said this is not only a win for the country but a big win for New Mexican families. “New Mexico has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country,” said Rep. Tereasa Leger Fernandez. She said under the American Rescue Plan, thousands of New Mexican families will be lifted out of poverty.”This is exactly the investment that we have always deserved,” said Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham.Sen. Ben Ray Lujan spoke saying the plan would not only include direct payments, but it’s also going to aid small businesses.”Ensures children are not driven deeper into poverty and puts more money in the pockets of families,” he said.He said the biggest outcome will be making sure no child is left behind.”We look forward to seeing this critical piece of legislation signed by President Biden,” he said.Sen. Martin Heinrich wants New Mexicans to remember to file their taxes, even if they think they are not going to owe anything.”That is how the federal government is going to find you for these programs,” Heinrich said.The Republican Party of New Mexico was disappointed with the passing of the COVID-19 relief bill. Their statement reads: This bill is a travesty and a disappointment, when it comes to helping Americans. Its name implies it provides direct economic relief for hurting people who truly need help, but this is an illusion.

The massive $1.9 trillion relief plan, the American Rescue Plan, has made it through Congress and now waits for the president’s signature. It passed without a single vote from Republicans in either chamber. New Mexico’s Democratic leaders said this is not only a win for the country but a big win for New Mexican families.

“New Mexico has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country,” said Rep. Tereasa Leger Fernandez.

She said under the American Rescue Plan, thousands of New Mexican families will be lifted out of poverty.

“This is exactly the investment that we have always deserved,” said Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham.

Sen. Ben Ray Lujan spoke saying the plan would not only include direct payments, but it’s also going to aid small businesses.

“Ensures children are not driven deeper into poverty and puts more money in the pockets of families,” he said.

He said the biggest outcome will be making sure no child is left behind.

“We look forward to seeing this critical piece of legislation signed by President Biden,” he said.

Sen. Martin Heinrich wants New Mexicans to remember to file their taxes, even if they think they are not going to owe anything.

“That is how the federal government is going to find you for these programs,” Heinrich said.

The Republican Party of New Mexico was disappointed with the passing of the COVID-19 relief bill. Their statement reads:

This bill is a travesty and a disappointment, when it comes to helping Americans. Its name implies it provides direct economic relief for hurting people who truly need help, but this is an illusion.