ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Congresswoman Nikema Williams (D-GA, 5th District) was in Metro Atlanta on March 12, 2021, focusing on Georgia’s vaccination efforts after a Democratic win on Capitol Hill. The newly-elected representative played a key role in how the just-passed stimulus package will be divided up among Americans.
Williams joined city leaders for a tour of the COVID-19 vaccination center at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, greeting those who came to get their shots. “The Black church has always been the center of our communities, for activism, for access, for information,” she said. “We all know that the Black community was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.“READ MORE: 'Plus-Up' Stimulus Checks Going Out To Those Who Were Underpaid
“I’m happy. I’ve been waiting a long time, so I feel just a little bit safer,” said Ernest Turner, after getting the vaccine. ”I was a little tense, but once you relax, everything went well,” said Annie Troup, another recipient.
“[I] and Pastor Gregory Sutton worked for months to get this very clinic right here in our community,” said Atlanta City Council Member Andrea Boone, who represents District 10. “Our zip code was the hardest hit by the pandemic.”
“I was determined that we needed a national response to this pandemic,” said Williams, recalling how she contracted the virus one year ago. “I survived COVID, and I was determined to make sure that I got resources back to the community so that other people have the resources that I had.”READ MORE: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live
She said legislators have already successfully put resources into communities during the Biden Administration’s first 50 days. President Joe Biden signed off on the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, which includes:
- $1,400 payments for most Americans.
- Child care tax credits up to $3,600 per child.
- $7.5 billion to increase the vaccine supply.
Williams serves on the House Financial Services Committee. “We had an 18-hour markup, which is a bill amendment process, to make sure that we were impacting those who have been impacted and hurt the most from this pandemic.”
The plan also includes:
- Nearly $22 billion dollars in emergency rental assistance
- Close $29 billion dollars in grant money for many independently-owned restaurants
- About $40 billion dollars toward colleges, universities and students
- Five billion dollars for socially disadvantaged farmers of color
“We’re getting vaccines in arms, we’re getting people back to school, children back in classrooms safely, and we’re getting people back to work,” Williams said, adding the work will continue. “We are all in this together. We can get through it, but it’s gonna take all of us doing our part.”MORE NEWS: Brookhaven Zumba Class Boosts Energy, Lifts Spirits During Pandemic
Williams says she received the vaccine and is also urging everyone to get vaccinated. She also confirmed Americans could see stimulus payments hit their bank accounts as soon as this weekend.