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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.
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.
WASHINGTON— This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that more than $22 billion in funding will be granted to states, localities, and territories to expand testing and vaccine distribution. Arizona will receive $65,769,416 for vaccine distribution and $418,951,181 for testing activities. The money comes from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed by Congress in December.
TUCSON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting the immediate coordination and deployment of field and response teams to Arizona to fill critical care staff shortages in Arizona hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemic brings them to the brink of crisis.
TUCSON— Recently Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that COVID-19 benchmarks for restricting non-essential business procedures were altered. The changes allow businesses to remain open throughout the pandemic—with essentially no regard to infection rate or hospital capacity.
WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a COVID-19 relief package that includes more relief for small businesses alongside direct economic aid to individuals in the form of relief payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and rental assistance. Rep. Grijalva issued the following statement noting his support for the package:
WASHINGTON— This week the House of Representatives passed the Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act. The bills would provide federal funds to childcare providers to help them adhere to health and safety guidance during the pandemic while providing much needed affordable childcare options to working families so that we can safely reopen the economy. After voting for the legislation, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— This week, the National Institutes of Health announced phase 3 clinical trials to determine if an investigational vaccine co-developed by Moderna, Inc. and the National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is effective.
WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives passed Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva’s amendment that will direct $4 million within the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) budget to clarify the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI).