Help Is Here Roundup: Federal, State, and Local Officials Continue Touting American Rescue Plan Benefits

Federal State and Local Officials continue to praise the provisions in the American Rescue Plan that are providing relief for their communities. Last week, the Biden administration announced it would commit $4.8 billion in ARP funding to ensure that approximately 29 million uninsured U.S. residents have access to COVID-19 testing. The US Department of Agriculture also announced the same week that it would start loan forgiveness for thousands of minority and disadvantaged farmers starting in early June as part of a program established under the American Rescue Plan. Additionally, the administration started distributing $200 million in funds to support victims of domestic abuse who have faced greater hardships and danger while sheltering at home during the pandemic.

See more examples below of how the American Rescue Plan continues to provide critical relief to Americans across the country who have struggled during the pandemic:

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL STORIES:

Cherokee Nation to provide every Cherokee citizen with total of $2,000 allocated over two payments. [Muskogee Phoenix, 05/21/2021]

AZ: Sinema, Kelly Announce $71.9 million to address Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Arizona. [Sinema, 05/21/2021]

AZ: NAU to receive $66 million in American Rescue Act funding. [Arizona Daily Sun, 05/22/2021]

CA: San Jose receiving $212 million in federal COVID funding. [San Jose Spotlight, 05/23/2021]

CO: Colorado receives $3.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan. [Fox 31, 05/24/2021]

FL: ‘We would’ve been closed for good’: Federal funds helping local businesses stay afloat. [The Palm Beach Post, 05/26/2021]

FL: ‘Help is here’: $366 million in COVID relief funds are heading to Hillsborough County. [WTSP, 05/24/2021]

GA: Sens. Jon Ossoff And Raphael Warnock Secure More Than $84 Million For Georgia HBCUs. [Blavity, 05/24/2021]

ID: Hartgen: Use Federal Money for Real Infrastructure Needs. [Magic Valley, 05/23/2021]

MD: Housing Authority Of Baltimore To Receive 278 Emergency Housing Vouchers From HUD. [CBS 13, 05/24/2021]

MD: Maryland Budget Official Outlines Billions In Pandemic Aid. [CBS 13, 05/21/2021]

MD: Congressional members announce COVID funding. [The Frederick News-Post, 05/24/2021]

MI: Duggan wants to use federal relief funds to fight Detroit’s intergenerational poverty. [The Detroit News, 05/24/2021]

MI: ‘Big-ticket’ needs at buildings like Palmer Park rec center await boost from COVID-19 funds. [Times Herald, 05/22/2021]

MI: With federal stimulus, experts now foresee a big revenue upswing for Michigan. [Michigan Advance, 05/22/2021]

MO: Congresswoman Cori Bush Announces More than $100 Million for St. Louis Colleges, Universities, and Students. [Bush.House, 05/21/2021]

MT: ‘Marshall Plan for Indian Country’: Wave of federal money flows to reservations. [Billings Gazette, 05/22/2021]

MT: Daily service returns on Empire Builder. [Daily Inter Lake, 05/24/2021]

NH: NH Delegation Welcomes Nearly $9 Million from American Rescue Plan for NH to Hire and Train Public Health Workers in Response to COVID-19. [Shaheen.Senate, 05/21/2021]

NJ: MENENDEZ, BOOKER ANNOUNCE $6.7M TO SUPPORT NJ VETERANS DURING THE PANDEMIC. [Menendez, 05/21/2021]

NM: New Mexico State administration to use federal relief funds to offset FY21 COVID-19 related athletics deficit. [Las Cruces Sun News, 05/21/2021]

NM: Better health insurance plans available through American Rescue Plan. [Deming Headlight, 05/25/2021]

NY: REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT Op-Ed: COVID relief vital to successful reopening of schools. [The Hill, 05/25/2021]

OR: After COVID cutbacks, Amtrak restores services with infusion of American Rescue Plan funds. [The Register Guard, 05/25/2021]

PA: Families applying for federal aid for COVID funeral expenses thankful for help. [Reading Eagle, 05/24/2021]

PA: Northampton County may use federal relief funds to help students connect to internet. [WFMZ, 05/20/2021]

PA: Philadelphia School Districts to Receive $1.2 Billion In Federal Aid. [Patch.com, 05/21/2021]

SC: $3B could transform SC schools. Will local school boards spend it wisely?. [The Post and Courier, 05/22/2021]

SC: Disadvantaged SC farmers can get debt relief in COVID-aid package. Here’s who qualifies. [The State, 05/24/2021]

TX: $1.68M in federal grants for State Veterans Home in McAllen. [My RGV, 05/22/2021]

TX: Another $157M in federal rent relief headed to Houston area. [Houston Chronicle, 05/27/2021]

TX: Costs lowered to buy Marketplace health coverage. [Fox 29. 05/26/2021]

TX: San Marcos Allocated $18.1 Million Through American Rescue Plan. [San Marcos Daily Record, 05/20/2021]

WA: Senator Murray Announces American Rescue Plan Funding for Washington State Veterans Homes. [Murray.Senate, 05/21/2021]

HELP IS HERE STATE AND LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

City Council Member, Los Angeles CA:

https://www.facebook.com/MikeBoninCD11/posts/4374712522547256

FL Senate:

https://www.facebook.com/senatordebbiemayfield/posts/4148916575129796

City Councilor, Everett MA (retweet):

https://twitter.com/stephforeverett/status/1397120145802334210

MT Senate (retweet):

https://twitter.com/shanemorigeau/status/1397611674639634434

NC House:

https://twitter.com/autryjohn/status/1396560375701704706

https://twitter.com/benclarknc/status/1397520955543597056

https://twitter.com/electreives/status/1396905263261683712

NC Senate:

https://twitter.com/ncsenatedems/status/1396913806698287104

NM Senate (retweet):

https://twitter.com/sen_mimistewart/status/1397423597245935616

PA House:

https://twitter.com/repsainato/status/1396975768069095426

https://twitter.com/fiedler4philly/status/1397698105282281475

https://twitter.com/RepJoeWebster/status/1397560722159247361

PA Senate:

https://twitter.com/SenWilliamsPA/status/1396970922687488000

https://twitter.com/pasenatedems/status/1397225950312607750

Travis County Commission, TX:

https://www.facebook.com/SarahEckhardtAustin/posts/10159218246763890

https://www.facebook.com/SarahEckhardtAustin/posts/10159218221168890

UT House:

https://twitter.com/djohnsonhouse4/status/1395806522173652992

WV House:

https://twitter.com/kaylayoungforwv/status/1395762500331884544

Federal Officials:

AZ-02:

https://www.facebook.com/repohalleran/posts/5460349124037721

CA-17:

https://www.facebook.com/RepRoKhanna/posts/1596937733839273

US Senate, CT:

https://www.facebook.com/senchrismurphy/photos/a.2429070460497243/5597880450282879

FL-14:

https://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor/posts/4154368121268434

US Senate, IL:

https://www.facebook.com/SenDuckworth/posts/1959824230858183

IL-08:

https://twitter.com/congressmanraja/status/1397579592744017920

MN-04:

https://twitter.com/BettyMcCollum04/status/1397589768653918209

US Senate, MT:

https://www.facebook.com/senatortester/posts/10159263717746665

NH-01:

https://www.facebook.com/RepChrisPappas/posts/1828936180614545

NJ-01:

https://www.facebook.com/DonaldNorcrossNJ/posts/10158585288944132

https://www.facebook.com/DonaldNorcrossNJ/posts/10158582600194132

NY-18:

https://www.facebook.com/repseanmaloney/posts/4397797833566338

NY-19:

https://www.facebook.com/RepAntonioDelgado/posts/833981927220332

OH-03:

https://twitter.com/RepBeatty/status/1397612748259745795

TX-16:

https://www.facebook.com/RepEscobar/posts/869149173946131

VA-07:

https://www.facebook.com/RepSpanberger/posts/946201096129965

WA-02:

https://www.facebook.com/RepRickLarsen/posts/3975974582438384

US Senate, VT:

https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/posts/10160060221567908

WA-07:

https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1397662577098956805

https://www.facebook.com/RepJayapal/posts/4412853535391868

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