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March 25, 2021 Press Release

TUCSON— This morning, Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva, Ann Kirkpatrick, Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran, and Greg Stanton sent a letter to Arizona Governor Ducey urging him to reconsider his decision to turn down Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) offer to set up and run a vaccine point of distribution (POD) in Pima County, which would potentially vaccinate more than 200,000 Southern Arizonans. 

March 23, 2021 Press Release

TUCSON— Recently, the State of Arizona rejected FEMA’s efforts to set up mass vaccination sites in Pima County. The vaccination sites could bring up to an additional 300,000 vaccines to the county. After Pima County officials sent a letter to the White House requesting help to facilitate the site directly, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The House passed an identical reauthorization in 2019 that was never brought up for a vote in Mitch McConnell’s Republican-controlled Senate. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has provided critical resources to prevent domestic violence and protect women and children from its consequences while ensuring that survivors can access essential services.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion package to send relief to workers, families, and small businesses. The legislation will soon be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva announced his intention to vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The package includes funding that will expand testing and vaccination efforts, provide funds for schools to safely return to in-person learning and make up for lost time in the classroom, and prevent budget shortfalls for state and local governments. Additionally, the bill puts money directly in the pockets of workers with another round of direct payments and an extension of expanded unemployment benefits.

February 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Recently, Department of Health and Human Services announced that they have invited El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson and Sunset Community Health Center in Yuma to participate as an initial cohort of 250 health centers across the country to directly receive vaccines through HRSA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva led Arizona House Democrats Reps. Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran, and Ann Kirkpatrick in a letter to President Joe Biden and COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator Jeff Zients urging them to consider sending additional vaccines to Arizona and assess current state operations to combat COVID-19. 

January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, President Biden signed a series of executive actions that will help expand and strengthen access to affordable healthcare for millions of Americans.

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Grijalva applauded FEMA’s emergency response to the pandemic in Arizona after the department informed him it has coordinated the movement of 130 doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other medical support personnel from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Arizona. According to FEMA, these federal personnel are supporting Arizona and many tribal nations throughout the state and will provide administrative support to state and local vaccination efforts.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive actions after his inauguration. The orders are aimed at immediately addressing the myriad of issues facing our nation by tackling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health and economy, addressing racial equity and immigration, and renewing our commitment to protecting our environment.