Good summary from Eric Levitz of NY mag of all the extra stuff the ARP does that did not get as much press as the stimulus checks, which are ultimately only a small part of it.
An even more succinct summary from Brian Dees on Twitter.
-Largest increase in funding for Native American communities in history
-First reparations program for black farmers stuck in unjust land contracts
-Big bailout of states, cities, and schools so no layoffs like in 2009 (yay!)
-Bailout of multi company union pensions which will directly help blue collar workers in the Rust Belt
-Wifi and broadband to rural areas including Appalachia (not Wakanda but a big start)
-Aid to families and single mothers
-Cutting child poverty in half
-Eliminating child hunger and homelessness
-Increasing exchange subsidies so no one pays more than 8% of their income for health care (basically a two year public option)
-Maintaining rental assistance and unemployment aid
-Giving most Americans $1400
So while we lost $15/hr minimum wage (for now), we gained a lot of progressive economic help. Democrats should take full ownership over the successes this stimulus will cause and be prepared to rake swing state Republicans over the coals for their resistance to it.
Manchin’s opening on the filibuster is also a welcome sign rules for reconciliation will either be expanded or rules for filibusters will be tightened. So more BFDs can happen!