SIIA Applauds Passage of the American Rescue Plan
Congress passes historic relief package benefitting America’s economy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SIIA Contact: Suzy Wagner
Washington, DC (March 10, 2021) The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, President Jeff Joseph issued the following statement in response to today’s COVID relief bill:
“SIIA applauds swift action by Congress to pass the American Rescue Plan to get our nation’s economy back on track and help our educational system move to a post-pandemic world.
“The ongoing pandemic will have a long-term impact on schools and our nation’s learners. We know that students require even more support from our education system. Our members have worked with educators to help students learn at-home, in-person, and in hybrid environments, with technology solutions playing a significant and meaningful role in allowing students to progress in their studies during the pandemic. The funds for education and the $7 billion in money for connectivity will help address long standing equity issues in education exacerbated by the pandemic and help America’s learners as we transition into the ‘new normal.’
“We are also pleased the American Rescue Plan provides support for local governments that face budgetary stress as they have shouldered much of the burden in keeping our communities protected from the spread of this virus. We also are grateful the Plan provides support for the unemployed and funding to increase vaccinations to help begin rebuilding our economy and get America back to work.”
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes – they drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.