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A stuffed stimulus
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$411 billion

The overall cost of sending stimulus checks to Americans through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The $1.9 trillion package contained provisions for American citizens, businesses, and nonprofits recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, but it also contained lots of non-COVID-19-related expenditures.


Amount allocated for aid to ethnic minority farmers and ranchers.


Amount allocated to U.S. states for programs to help low-income households pay for water service.


Combined amount allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.


Amount allocated to family planning services as outlined in Title X.


Amount allocated to the EPA for air pollution ­control.


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