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Roybal-Allard Statement on President Biden Ordering Full FEMA Reimbursements to States for COVID-Related Services

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Washington, February 2, 2021 | Benjamin Bryant (202-309-2383) | comments
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, applauded President Biden for directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to retroactively reimburse state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for costs related to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Roybal-Allard issued the following statement. 

“I’m pleased and grateful that President Biden is taking crucial steps to help our communities recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden Administration’s announcement today that it will reimburse states for 100 percent of the cost of FEMA-eligible services retroactively back to the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020 – up from a 75 percent Federal cost-share – is tremendous news for states and communities in need of critical resources.

“From easing the financial burden on states in need of masks, gloves, emergency feeding actions, sheltering for at-risk populations, National Guard mobilization and other important actions, this 100 percent reimbursement by FEMA will help California and states nationwide as they work to save lives and help communities. My colleagues and I have fought for months to increase the Federal cost-share, and after sending a letter last month to then President-elect Biden asking that he take this critical action, it is welcome news that our request has been heeded.

“I thank the Biden Administration for taking this positive step and for working to ensure states, tribes, territories, and jurisdictions have the resources they need to defeat the virus.”
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