Senate Ways and Means Releases American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Spending Bill

BOSTON (11/03/2021) – Today, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced a $3.66 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending bill to address COVID-19 recovery needs and build an equitable future for the Commonwealth. The Senate Ways and Means ARPA bill reflects the shared priorities of the Senate and recommends several thoughtfully targeted investments in health care, housing, environment, economic recovery, and workforce development, while addressing economic and racial inequality and helping the communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate ARPA spending plan recommends a total of $3.66 billion in spending, utilizing up to $2.5 billion in available American Rescue Plan Act funds and up to $1.45 billion in available Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 state surplus resources. Informed by the testimony heard extensively throughout the public hearing process, which included over 25 hours of public hearings and more than 450 letters of public testimony, the Committee’s bill supports an equitable recovery for communities hardest hit by the pandemic, while maintaining the flexibility necessary to take advantage of future federal funding opportunities.

“I applaud Senate President Spilka and Chair Rodrigues for their leadership and for using this spending plan to take meaningful action to address persistent issues plaguing our health care system and expand access to housing, food, and economic development opportunities, especially in communities most impacted by the pandemic,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), Vice Chair of Senate Ways and Means

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