O’Halleran Secures Billions in Funding for Arizona Families, Health Care Workers, Veterans, Small Businesses, and Tribes
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third in a series of stimulus packages to address the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting negative effects on the American economy. The bill encompasses $2 trillion in supplemental funding for hospitals and health care facilities, nutrition assistance, unemployment, small business loans, and dedicated tribal funding, and sends direct payments to eligible Americans.
After the vote, O’Halleran released the following statement:
“Across Arizona, families and businesses are struggling, and health care workers and first responders are being asked to perform their work without the proper protective gear to keep them safe. As we all do our part and adjust many aspects of our daily lives to help slow the spread of this virus, I will continue fighting to secure funding that supports American families, businesses, health care workers, veterans, and tribal communities.
“This new package will provide health care facilities with much-needed funding and personal protective equipment, expand unemployment and food assistance, and alleviate stress on small businesses by establishing new aid in loans and grants. Most importantly, this bill puts checks directly in the hands of struggling American families.
“I voted in favor of this package today to ensure that Arizonans have a lifeline to fall back on as we all bear this economic burden. Together, as Americans, we will get through this.”
H.R. 748 allocates:
- $100 billion to our nation’s hospitals and health care entities;
- $100 billion for coronavirus-related health research;
- $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) with personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies;
- $1 billion for the Defense Production Act that will allow industries to rapidly increase production of PPE, ventilators, and medical supplies;
- $3.1 billion to community health centers to address this crisis, including monies for diagnostic testing and detection of COVID-19, and to treat infected patients;
- $200 million in rural telehealth services and devices to connect providers and patients during this public health emergency;
- $150 billion for state, local, and tribal governments, with $8 billion dedicated specifically to Tribes;
- $260 billion for unemployment and unemployment insurance, allowing eligible unemployed individuals to receive an extra $600 per week for up to four months, expiring on July 31, 2020;
- $377 billion for small businesses and provisions to make rent, mortgage, and utility costs eligible for Small Business Association (SBA) loan forgiveness as well;
- $19.57 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs for equipment, tests, and support services;
- $590 million is dedicated for programs that will support higher-risk veterans;
- and $3.1 billion for VA telemedicine services.
- $125 million in efforts to expand and improve broadband access;
- $15.8 billion in food assistance to families, and key expansions of the SNAP program;
- $1.032 billion in critical resources to support the Indian Health Service and Tribal health systems;
- $69 million for response needs at Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools;
- and $150 million per year (through November 30, 2020) for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, an initiative O’Halleran has re-introduced legislation to secure.
The CARES Act also provides direct cash payments to Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household.
The legislation passed by voice vote.
“I am pleased to see so many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle put partisanship and political showmanship aside for this important vote that will affect the lives of so many American families,” said O’Halleran this afternoon in a statement off the House floor. “However, this package is not a cure-all, and we will need to pass additional legislation as this virus continues to change the foundation of American life. I will continue collecting information from Arizona families, businesses, health care workers, and state, local, and tribal governments to see what is needed next.”
WATCH O’Halleran speak on the House floor in support of the legislation this morning, here.
Yesterday, O’Halleran presided over the House floor for the reception of the CARES Act in the House from the Senate.
For Arizona-specific coronavirus resources, constituents can visit O’Halleran’s COVID-19 page, here.