Haaland: This Coronavirus Stimulus Package Will Provide Needed Relief to New Mexico Families, Workers, and Small Businesses

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) voted for the passage of historic legislation to support families, workers, and small businesses. As the country slows to a halt to stop the spread of coronavirus, Congress worked quickly to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will now go to the President’s desk for signature.

“This pandemic is going to take all of us working together to ensure our communities can weather this storm, but it was clear that corporate interests influenced Senate Republicans. I’m proud of the work we did to ensure working families come first. During this time of stress and uncertainty, we are showing our families that we’re going to step up and fight for them, not corporate CEOs. This coronavirus stimulus package will provide needed relief to New Mexico families, workers, and small businesses,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.

The bill will provide much needed support for New Mexico families, workers, and small businesses including:

  • A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund:  Creates a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states​, local, and tribal governments additional funds to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. 
    • It is estimated that the state of New Mexico will receive approximately $ $1.25 billion in desperately needed funds.
  • $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits:  Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next few weeks, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.
  • Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans:  Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.
  • More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief:  Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
  • Approximately $200 Billion for Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research:  Provides an investment of about $200 billion in hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.
  • More Than $100 Billion in Additional Emergency Appropriations, Including the Following:
    • Transit Agencies:  Provides $25 billion to transit agencies, which have all seen a drastic drop in revenues as social distancing has been implemented. This funding is to be used to protect the jobs of the employees of the transit agencies, funding their paychecks during this public health emergency. 
      • New Mexico will receive $107,785,882 under this program.
    • HUD Emergency Solution Grants:  Provides $2 billion for HUD Emergency Solution Grants to states that will be distributed by formula. These grants are designed to address the impact of the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance.  
      • Of this $2 billion, New Mexico will receive $11,009,393. In addition, the bill provides an additional $2 billion for these grants that will be allocated by HUD to the most hard-pressed areas. 
    • Child Care and Development Block Grant:  Supports child care and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.  
      • New Mexico will receive $29,225,704 under this emergency appropriation.
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):  Provides $900 million to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills. 
      • New Mexico will receive $8,221,000 for this purpose during this public health emergency.
    • Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program:  Provides $850 million for this program, giving additional support to state and local law enforcement agencies, thereby allowing them, for example, to obtain the personal protective equipment and other medical items they may need during this public health emergency. 
      • New Mexico will receive $8,752,025 under this appropriation.
    • CDC Coronavirus State, Local and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards:  Provides about $750 million in CDC State, Local, and . Tribal Grants Minimum Awards to help agencies cope with the public health emergency.  
      • The minimum award for New Mexico is $6,638,000. In addition, states can apply for additional funds above their minimum award, based on their needs.
    • Election Assistance:  Provides $400 million for Election Assistance Grants for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections. Coronavirus is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals. Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting, and expand online registration. 
      • New Mexico will will receive $3,889,527 for these purposes.

Through her role as Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus Haaland also played a crucial role in ensuring Native American Communities have the support they need to combat this pandemic.

“No community should be left behind during this pandemic, but it was an all-out fight with the Administration and Republicans in the Senate to ensure Tribes, urban Indian organizations, and tribal organizations have the resources they need to keep Native American communities healthy and supported economically. We fought for it every step of the way, especially the $8 billion for Tribes in the relief package to ensure Native Americans have the same access to health care resources and economic support as other governments,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland

The following were included for Tribes:

  • $8 billion set-aside for Tribal Governments to use for expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • $1.032 billion for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Services Account
  • Minimum $125 million for CDC set-aside funding directly to Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Urban Indian Health Organizations conduct public health activities
  • $453 million for Indian Affairs Operation of Indian Programs for essential tribal government services to respond to the pandemic and ensure governmental continuity
  • $100 million for the Food Distribution Program for Indians Reservations (FDPIR)

The Congressional Native American Caucus fact sheet outlining the full list of tribal provisions included in the CARES Act is available here.