Rep. Welch heralds new 'American Rescue Plan,' broadband expansion
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch told more than 100 members of the business community Monday that help is on the way to ease the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the newly-passed American Rescue Plan.
The nearly $1.9 trillion package will deliver relief to individuals, families and businesses who have struggled in the pandemic, and funnel more than $1.3 billion to Vermont state and local government as well.
Some of the money will help improve infrastructure -- including rural broadband --but Welch said the next big bill focused entirely on American infrastructure will mean even more.
Welch said attitudes in Congress have recently shifted about the urgency of access to high-speed internet service.
After his virtual meeting with members of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Vermont Democrat was also briefing municipal leaders Monday evening in Winooski, Newport City and South Burlington.