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Federal Stimulus Breakdown | Your Pandemic Moment

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In addition to checks for qualifying households, the American Rescue Plan will extend unemployment benefits, bolster funding to public schools, and create child tax credits.

The massive American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden on March 11 will provide aid to people, businesses and relief programs, and Lulu Garcia-Navarro shares stories about 'The Moment' when COVID-19 became a reality for millions of Americans nearly one year ago.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:06: Stimulus checks are the tip of the iceberg that is the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

The relief package is historic and complex. It includes an extension of unemployment benefits, funding to public schools of all kinds, and child tax credits that will provide some American families with significant cash. Rachel Siegel of the Washington Post has been following this legislation and offered a broader view of what it will do.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:48: We asked listeners, "What was the moment when it became clear COVID-19 was going to change your life?" The responses were overwhelming.

March 7, 2021 marked one year since Johnson County, Kansas, recorded its first case of the coronavirus. But individually, we each have that point in time when COVID-19 became real for us. Listeners shared their moments.

Reporter Rachel Siegel is looking for people who may be overlooked to receive a stimulus check for reasons beyond their control (Ex: the IRS lost your 2019 tax return). If you are such a person and willing to share the details you can contact Rachel at rachel.siegel@washpost.com.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As Up To Date’s associate producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.