Congress has passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
SUMMARY: Congress has passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which includes several provisions that will impact federal employees including additional COVID-related emergency paid leave. The bill now heads to the President who is expected to sign it.
Today, the House passed the Senate-amended American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The bill also includes a provision that would ensure workers’ compensation eligibility for federal employees diagnosed with COVID-19 whose duties require contact with others or other risks of exposure to the virus.
In addition, the bill would task the IRS with delivering a third round of economic impact payments of $1,400 per person and provide families with advance payments of their Child Tax Credit for tax year 2021. To carry out these new responsibilities, the bill authorizes more than $1.8 billion in funding, including dedicated funds to integrate, modernize and secure IRS systems. It would also provide $500 million in no-year money to support COVID-19 activities at the NTEU-represented Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This will help ensure that FDA has the funds it needs as its workload grows and shifts in response to the pandemic.
The bill now heads to the White House where the President is expected to sign it.