Congresswoman Escobar Votes to Pass Budget Resolution, A Key Tool to Accelerate Passing Coronavirus Relief for El Paso Families
Washington, February 3, 2021
Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted to pass H. Con. Res. 11, FY 2021 Budget Resolution. This budget resolution is a key tool to accelerate passing the robust coronavirus (COVID-19) relief that El Paso families, workers, and small businesses need to combat the pandemic and strengthen the economy.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis has devastated our community, and El Paso’s hardworking families need to know that help is on the way,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “More than 100,000 El Pasoans have been infected, over 1,700 have died, and our community faces a devastating unemployment rate of over eight percent. We must act now to avoid further devastation, which is why I joined my colleagues to pass this budget resolution to allow us to move forward in a hopefully bipartisan way and work with the Biden administration to deliver the urgently needed relief that El Paso families need.”
In Congress, there is strong precedent for reconciliation bills, which have been passed on a bipartisan basis 17 times in recent years, including for the bipartisan, landmark Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Democrats hope and expect that Republicans in Congress will support assistance that will bring relief to the communities they represent. Passing this budget does not preclude adopting Republican suggestions that would strengthen the package. But it does ensure that Congress can move forward in a timely way and meet El Paso families’ urgent needs.
The budget resolution passed today is an essential first step in Congress’s efforts to deliver the comprehensive, strategic, and science-based relief laid out in President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan: