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American Rescue Plan funds could be used to shore up shaky budgets and pay for some projects.

ILLUSTRATIONThe $1,400 checks to individuals is the best known part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan approved by Congress earlier this month.

But alongside unemployment aid, COVID-19 funds and other spending is money for states, counties and cities to use to backfill their budgets.

In Oregon, that amounts to just over $4.26 billion — the state gets $2.62 billion, counties receive $818 million, larger cities get $438 million, and other communities receive $243 million.

There's another $1.55 million for state construction and renovation projects.

The 278 local allocations range from $10,000 for the city of Antelope (population 50) in Wasco County to $159.65 million for Multnomah County.

The package was proposed by President Joe Biden and approved by narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. Biden hailed the legislation as generating "economic growth for the entire nation."

"It focuses on rebuilding the backbone of this country — working families, the middle class, the people who built this country," he said.

capital bureauOregon's two Democratic senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, voted for the bill. Four of the state's five House members — all Democrats — voted for of the bill: Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer.

Critics of the bill said it the price tag was too large and that much of the spending wasn't targeted at issues created by the COVID-19 crisis. U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was among the Republicans in the House opposing the bill.

Schrader, D-Canby, was one of two Democrats to oppose the bill when it was in the House in late February. He said he was angry that members of Congress were not allowed to offer amendments of their own during the House vote. Schrader voted in favor of final passage of the legislation after changes were made in the Senate.

The amounts are listed in millions of dollars. The funding in Oregon is:


Clackamas County: $81.10

Columbia County : $10.15

Crook County: $4.73

Jefferson County: $4.78

Marion County: $67.46

Multnomah County: $157.65

Washington County: $116.68

Yamhill County: $20.77

Large Cities

Beaverton: $17.51

Gresham: $27.17

Hillsboro: $18.62

Portland: $217.79

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story mischaracterized Rep. Schrader's vote against the final bill. He voted against the original House version on Feb. 27, but supported the revised version. We regret the error.

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