Sánchez delivers $3.6 million check to La Palma as part of American Rescue Plan funding
NORWALK – On Thursday, Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) delivered a check in the amount of $3,690,706 to the City of La Palma, highlighting the funding the City received through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established by the American Rescue Plan.
The American Rescue Plan – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in March – delivered over $43 billion in relief to local and state governments in California. Thursday’s event is part of Congresswoman Sánchez’s efforts to meet with city councils, school boards, colleges and universities, business owners, essential workers, and other community leaders across the 38th Congressional District to discuss relief funds and ongoing efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic hit our communities hard,” said Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez. “As we mourn the loss of over 63,000 lives here in California alone, it is critical we deliver relief directly to working families, small businesses, and local governments. That is exactly what the American Rescue Plan did – it extended a lifeline to millions right here in Southern California and I was proud to support it. I am glad to be here in La Palma to highlight over 3.6 million dollars the City received through this relief package.”
The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this relief package, the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund provided billions of dollars directly to municipalities to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs, stabilize households and businesses, and address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic.
The critical relief for Californians included an estimated:
- $43 billion dollars in direct aid to the State of California and local governments to support essential workers, continue delivery of essential services, deliver relief to hard-hit families and businesses, and make necessary investments in water and broadband infrastructure.
- $3.8 billion in child care relief by investing in California’s child care system and providers through the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program.
- $105 million for Head Start to help California families continue to access important quality early learning opportunities.
- $15 billion for California’s K-12 Schools to re-open with necessary resources to keep students and educators safe. This includes repairing ventilation systems, reducing class sizes and implementing social distancing guidelines, purchasing personal protective equipment, and hiring support staff to care for students’ health and well-being.
- $5 billion for California’s institutions of higher education to help weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the funds received by colleges and universities must be distributed to students to help with hardships caused by the pandemic.
- $2 billion to help Californians with emergency rental assistance.
- $1.6 billion for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim public transit agencies to be used to ensure safe access to reliable transit services.