- President Trump Announces Additional Resources for States, Territories, and Tribes to Meet Testing Goals: On Monday, May 11, President Donald J. Trump announced additional actions to ensure States, Territories, and Tribes have the resources they need to meet their testing goals. These additional resources include $11 billion in combined stimulus funding as well as approximately 12 million swabs to supplement private sector resources. By the end of the week, more than 300 retail testing sites will be operational to serve Americans in 47 States and D.C., prioritizing access to underserved communities. More here (The United States Has Built the World’s Leading Coronavirus Testing System).
- Trump Administration Is Providing Support for Our Nation’s Senior During the Coronavirus Pandemic: On April 30, President Trump delivered remarks on the many ways the Administration is protecting America’s seniors from the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as we start the process of opening up America again. Among additional actions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will send supplemental shipments of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes in America. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is providing States with $81 million from the CARES Act to increase their inspections of nursing homes at this crucial time. More here. Concurrently, CMS also announced a new, independent Commission that will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- President Trump Signs Executive Order to Secure America’s Seafood Supply Chain and Bring Jobs Home: On May 6, President Trump signed an Executive Order to increase America’s competitiveness in the seafood industry and protect the seafood supply chain. This order instructs agencies to expand sustainable seafood production in the United States thereby solidifying our Nation’s food security, protect American jobs in the seafood industry, and create new jobs in the United States. More here. President Trump also announced the availability of $300 million from the Department of Commerce to support fishermen and related businesses hurt by the Coronavirus. Allocations by State can be found here.
- U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Availability of $1.5 Billion in CARES Act Funds to Aid Communities Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic: On May 7, the Department of Commerce announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for CARES Act supplemental funds intended to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Under this announcement, EDA will make CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants under the authority of the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, which is intended to be flexible and responsible to the economic development needs and priorities of local and regional stakeholders. More information, including how communities can apply, can be found here here.
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Over $1 Billion in Grants to 439 Airports in 50 States: On April 30, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the Department of Transportation’sFederal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants. The total includes $731 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants and an additional $455 million in Supplemental Discretionary grants. The money will be available for 100 percent of the eligible costs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. More here.
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $25 Billion to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19: On April 2, USDOT announced a total of $25 billion in federal funding allocations to help the nation’s public transportation systems respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). FTA is allocating $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds, with $22.7 billion allocated to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion allocated to rural areas. Funding will be provided at a 100 percent federal share, with no local match required, and will be available to support capital, operating, and other expenses generally eligible under those programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves $1.2 Billion in Contracts for Farmers to Families Food Box Program: On May 8, USDA approved $1.2 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in need through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.Through this program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with national, regional and local suppliers, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy and meat products. The program will purchase $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in a variety of dairy products, $258 million in meat products and $175 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. More here.
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William F. Crozer
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