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: The One-Year Anniversary of the American Rescue Plan
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The One-Year Anniversary of the American Rescue Plan

Lessons Learned on Alleviating Poverty and Building an Equitable Economy

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COVID-19 has drastically impacted our country over the past two years, resulting in a devastating loss of life, jobs, and economic security for millions of Americans. Despite the dire health and economic implications of the pandemic, the labor market and economy have recovered at a record pace, far outperforming any expectations even a year ago. A successful recovery doesn’t happen magically but as a direct result of bold public investments that center working people, their families, and their communities. The American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed in March 2021, accomplished precisely that, infusing targeted investments at the national, state, and local level to help mitigate the worst economic and health impacts of the pandemic.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the historic legislation, CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard and White House ARP Coordinator Gene Sperling will speak about how these targeted federal investments helped the country weather the pandemic and rebuild the economy, especially by centering low-income and working class people in the recovery.

The event will include a panel of state and local policymakers, who will discuss how they implemented these investments on the ground to keep individuals and families safe, alleviate poverty and financial hardship, and lay the groundwork for an equitable recovery. The panel will share what policymakers and activists can learn from ARP policy interventions to help build a more robust and reliant economy for all.

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We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #CAPEvents. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Introductory remarks:
Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Gene Sperling, White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator and Senior Adviser to the President

Panelists:
Mayor Melvin Carter, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento, California

Moderator:
Nicole Lee Ndumele, Senior Vice President for Rights and Justice, Center for American Progress

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