President Trump Continues to Show Strong Support for Arizona at the Federal Level

Published by The Bee News

May 4, 2020

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In the run-up to President Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, the people of Arizona are reminded of the extraordinary level of support the current administration has provided our state since taking office in 2017, and especially during the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

“Arizona is grateful to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the incredible team they’ve assembled at the White House and throughout the federal government, for the amazing response and attention they’ve given to our state in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

“As the President returns to the Grand Canyon State this week to tour Honeywell International’s Phoenix facility, which has played a critical role in manufacturing N-95 masks to assist the government in its efforts to combat COVID-19, it’s important to remember that efforts like these happened because we have a businessman President who set a special focus on combining the strength and ingenuity of our citizens and private sector with a sweeping, all-inclusive, and whole-of-government response.

“As we press on to win the war against the ‘invisible enemy,’ these united efforts will pay dividends in accomplishing our mission, accelerate the reopening of our country, and allow us as a nation to return stronger than ever before.”

 Since Jan 1, 2020: The Trump administration has delivered critical PPE supplies to Arizona through various sources, including Project Air Bridge efforts, totaling 333,000 N-95 masks, 5,397,400 surgical and procedural masks, 180,700 eye and face shields, 2,755,700 isolation and surgical gowns, and 100,354,600 surgical and exam gloves. In addition to the Project Air Bridge efforts, as of April 27, FEMA delivered 100 ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile to Arizona.

·     On March 19: SBA declared an economic disaster in Arizona at the request of Governor Ducey. The disaster declaration creates access to low interest loans for small businesses across Arizona.

·     On March 20: The Department of Education suspended Federal student loan payments and waived interest during the Federal emergency, which could help up to 767,600 direct loan borrowers in Arizona.

·     On April 7: President Trump directed FEMA to fund 100% of the emergency assistance activities provided by Arizona National Guard personnel in Title 32 duty status, per Governor Doug Ducey’s request.

·     On April 14: The Department of Education announced an allocation in the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, authorized by the CARES Act, of over $69.1 million for Arizona. This is an extraordinarily flexible “emergency block grant” designed to enable governors to decide how best to meet the needs of students, schools (including charter schools and non-public schools), post-secondary institutions, and other education-related organizations.

·     As of April 15: The Indiana Health Service (IHS) has allocated a total of $103 million to Arizona, benefiting IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Organization Health Programs within the IHS Navajo, Phoenix, and Tucson Areas. This includes $5.9 million from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020: $10.7 million from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; and $86.7 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

·     On April 17: USDA approved Arizona to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

·     On April 17: Secretary Perdue joined President Trump in announcing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in Arizona and across the Nation in response to COVID-19. This $19 billion relief program will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers and $3 billion in purchases of fresh produce, dairy, and meat, including producers in Arizona.

·     As of April 19: The SBA has approved 21,966 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances of up to $10,000 for Arizona small businesses impacted by COVID-19; these funds, as authorized by the CARES Act, do not need to be repaid and have totaled more than $91.6 million in the state of Arizona.

·     As of April 23: Through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided over $28.6 million to the state of Arizona.

·     On April 23: The Department of Education made $277.4 million available to Arizona through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act to ensure learning continues for all students.

·     On April 24: President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law. The law provides further unprecedented economic relief to American citizens, small businesses, workers, healthcare providers, and State, local, and tribal governments and builds on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ActFamilies First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriation.

·     As of April 27: FEMA obligated $25.9 million for COVID-19 response efforts in Arizona.

·     As of April 30: HHS has awarded over $25.8 million in CARES Act funding to 23 health centers across Arizona to assist in combatting COVID-19.

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