O’Halleran: Tribal governments, not corporations, deserve full COVID-19 relief they were promised
WASHINGTON– Today, following reports that a federal judge had ruled that Alaska Native corporations can access the $8 billion coronavirus aid fund set aside for tribal governments under the CARES Act, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:
“I fought to ensure that the CARES Act set aside specific funding to assist tribal governments in addressing both the public health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic. I am disappointed to see that these corporations that do not support tribal governments or provide governmental services will be able to receive funds intended to support the response capabilities of tribal governments during this global pandemic. I will continue to monitor this situation closely and hold the responsible federal agencies accountable to ensure tribes receive the funding they need.”
This spring, O’Halleran sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt calling for adherence to congressional intent and the prioritization of tribes over corporations in the distribution of CARES Act funding.