After Haaland, Gallego Call Out Treasury on CARES Act Relief For Tribes, Agency Announces Release of Funding to Tribes
Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01), Co Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and Ruben Gallego, Chairman of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. released the following tweets on the Department of Treasury’s announcement to release a portion of the $8 billion included for sovereign tribal governments in the CARES Act. The announcement comes after Haaland and Gallego led the call for the Department of Treasury to immediately release CARES Act funding to Tribes.
Tribes needed these funds right away, but the Trump Administration put corporations first & delayed the process. So, @RepRubenGallego & I called out the Treasury. It shouldn’t have taken this long, but I’m glad Native communities will start getting relief https://t.co/v9qFxa4HK8— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) May 5, 2020
Glad that @USTreasury has answered @RepDebHaaland’s and my call to release some of this funding immediately. It is unacceptable and shameful that it took over 30 days – past the statutory deadline Congress set – to do so. This administration MUST do better. https://t.co/M5BmbeYftk— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 5, 2020
The CARES Act included an $8 billion fund to ensure sovereign tribal governments have the resources needed during the coronavirus pandemic and cover expenditures associated with the public health emergency. However, the distribution of those funds was delayed because the Administration attempted to award that funding to corporations - a decision that tribal governments across the country opposed. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia issued a decision on April 27 to place a temporary injunction from releasing funds to Alaska Native Corporations until a final decision is rendered.