Help Is Here Roundup: American Rescue Plan Continues to Fund Key Programs and Relief for Communities, Praised by State and Local Officials

Federal, State, and Local Officials across the country continue to praise the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providing critical relief for their communities.

This week, lawmakers praised the rollout of the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund established under the ARP that will provide support to schools and libraries to help them meet the off-campus connectivity needs of students in areas where commercial broadband is unavailable. Lawmakers also continued to thank the ARP for funding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) $8 billion award to U.S airports across the country to keep workers employed, construction projects going, and help U.S. airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the EPA also announced $50 Million of ARP funds going towards environmental justice initiatives.

With the arrival of July, officials also touted the transformative Child Tax Credit would be distributed to families on July 15th, setting the stage to reduce child poverty in America in half this year.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to provide critical relief across the country:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

AZ: Maricopa County allocates $435M in American Rescue Plan funds [KTAR News, 06/28/2021]

AZ: Arizona Airports Get $197 Million More Federal COVID Relief Funds [KJZZ, 06/30/2021]

AR: Arkansas Humanities Council offering American Rescue Plan grants [TBP, 06/26/2021]

AR: FAA to give almost $25 million to Arkansas airports [KATV, 06/23/2021]

CA: WIC temporarily increases fruits and veggies with American Rescue Plan [KVCR, 06/29/2021]

CT: Lamont pledges $5 million in COVID funding to tackle violence and crime. [CT Insider, 06/28/2021]

CT: Groton submarine museum reopens after 14-month COVID closure [CT Insider, 06/23/2021]

DE: In Delaware, few tenants actually get evicted [The Hour, 06/25/2021]

FL: Walton commissioners commit American Rescue Plan funds to renovation projects [NWF Daily News, 06/23/2021]

FL: $6.5 million allocated to help the homeless in Pensacola [Wear TV, 07/01/2021]

GA: Fulton Co. Schools To SPend $90 Million To Boost Literacy [WABE, 06/27/2021]

HI: Hawaii airports to get $144 million on federal funding [Star Advertiser, 06/23/2021]

HI: CNHA, DHHL announce $5 million-in-rental-and-utilities-assistance-for-all-native Hawaiians [Hawai’i Free Press, 06/27/2021]

IL: COVID-19 funeral assistance still available for families [FoxIllinois, 06/24/2021]

IN: Noblesville police, firefighters to receive $2K bonus; other city employees will get $1K. [IndyStar, 06/28/2021]

MI: Nearly $6.5 million in federal funds headed to mid-Michigan airports for pandemic relief. [MLive, 06/23/2021]

MN: Frey lays out plan for spending Minneapolis’ $271 million in federal emergency money. [KSTP, 06/29/2021]

NC: RDU airport receives another big federal grant to help make up for COVID-19 losses. [The News & Observer, 06/26/2021]

NH: Federal funds to pay for 3 Mt. Washington summit projects. [Conway Daily Sun, 06/28/2021]

PA: Peduto, Pittsburgh council release proposed plan for $335 million in federal relief. [TribLive, 06/28/2021]

PR: Puerto Rico to receive nearly $4 billion in pandemic relief funds. [The Hill, 06/28/2021]

RI: Here’s how Providence plans to spend $42 million of Biden relief money. [WPRI, 06/25/2021]

TX: Bastrop County to tap American Rescue Plan funding to boost internet service for residents. [Austin American Statesman, 06/29/2021]

TX: McAllen airport gets $5.4M in virus relief funding. [MyRGV, 06/29/2021]

TX: Houston firefighters to receive 18 percent raises, despite concerns about funding source. [Houston Chronicle, 06/30/2021]

TX: San Marcos Head Start Programs To Receive $600K In Funding Through American Rescue Plan. [San Marcos Daily Record, 06/23/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

AZ House:

https://twitter.com/repdavidcook/status/1410580021199081476

CO House:

https://twitter.com/lindseyforco/status/1409917546908639234

CT Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMaryAbrams/posts/826139698041656

Council Member, Sioux City IA:

https://twitter.com/alexjwatters/status/1410240496438497280

IA Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/janet4iowa/posts/10160803361001336

Detroit City Council, MI:

https://www.facebook.com/Raquel4CityCouncil/posts/4026457257469700

Councilor, Duluth MN:

https://twitter.com/ReneeDuluth4th/status/1410443117300486146

NJ Assembly:

https://twitter.com/SpeakerCoughlin/status/1409990434047279106

NM House:

https://www.facebook.com/Gail4NM/posts/1131679227316056

NY Assembly:

https://twitter.com/solagesny/status/1410339097294553090

OH Senate:

https://twitter.com/jayhottinger/status/1410566529071079424

PA House:

https://www.facebook.com/RepKinkead/posts/279300770645020

https://www.facebook.com/RepDeLissio/posts/3866691813385250

https://www.facebook.com/RepMikeSturla/posts/4009838515751964

City Council, Wilkes-Barre PA:

https://www.facebook.com/johnmarconiWB/posts/793941767971148

Board of Supervisors, Loudoun County VA:

https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorBriskman/photos/a.103845957867106/324425655809134

WV House:

https://twitter.com/zukoffwv/status/1410426413937745921

Federal Officials:

CA-24:

https://www.facebook.com/repsaludcarbajal/posts/1126212411199871

CO-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepJoeNeguse/posts/840314586917978

US Senate, CT:

https://www.facebook.com/senchrismurphy/posts/5790287107708878

https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1409972935570362376

CT-01:

https://twitter.com/repjohnlarson/status/1410346030420434944

CT-02:

https://www.facebook.com/joecourtney/posts/10159221382199231

FL-10:

https://twitter.com/repvaldemings/status/1409897429542084617

FL-14:

https://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor/posts/4252688474769731

FL-46:

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaForFlorida/posts/1197890393985657

US Senate, HI:

https://www.facebook.com/SenBrianSchatz/posts/3760606887377424

US Senate, IL:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorDurbin/posts/4070016376367338

https://twitter.com/SenatorDurbin/status/1409886869647659015

LA-02:

https://www.facebook.com/troyc4congress/posts/3997735800275085

US Senate, MA:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorelizabethwarren/posts/1881238155372002

US Senate, MD:

https://www.facebook.com/chrisvanhollen/posts/10158622945758878

MD-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDutchRuppersberger/posts/4198552250190916

MD-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAnthonyBrown/posts/4323359961065015

MD-06:

https://www.facebook.com/repdavidtrone/posts/812456222718483

NC-02:

https://twitter.com/repdeborahross/status/1410248813051322376

NC-06:

https://twitter.com/repkmanning/status/1409909923006275586

US Senate, NH:

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorShaheen/posts/4530737336958702

NM-03:

https://twitter.com/repteresalf/status/1410259330578980873

NV-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepHorsford/posts/3652597394840987v

NY-06:

https://twitter.com/repgracemeng/status/1410378230591373316

NY-19:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAntonioDelgado/posts/851904872094704

PA-03:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDwightEvans/posts/1436842870031618

PA-04:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMadeleineDean/posts/3959619470752625

TX-15:

https://www.facebook.com/RepVicenteGonzalez/posts/2903311429887119

https://www.facebook.com/RepVicenteGonzalez/posts/2901726710045591

TX-32:

https://twitter.com/RepColinAllred/status/1409240118280560640

TX-35 (retweet):

https://twitter.com/RepLloydDoggett/status/1409959891788201984

VA-10:

https://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanWexton/posts/980818525824062

US Senate, WA:

https://twitter.com/PattyMurray/status/1409286670944550918

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