Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on $54M FEMA Grant for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in LA
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, applauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) announcement that it will award the city of Los Angeles over $54 million in federal funding to pay for additional vaccine distribution to help protect Angelenos from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Roybal-Allard issued the following statement:
“As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I am very pleased that FEMA has awarded over $54 million in federal funding to the city of Los Angeles for additional COVID-19 vaccine distribution as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy.
“Los Angeles and my 40th Congressional District have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, I have continued to work at the federal level to ensure our communities receive the funding needed for recovery, including increased access to the vaccine with equity and transparency in vaccine distribution.
“I am also grateful that these funds will be 100% funded by FEMA, which is something I had requested from President Biden shortly before he took office. Under the previous administration, my colleagues and I had fought for months to increase the federal cost-share for COVID-related costs to help relieve the financial burden on state and local governments.
“This welcomed and much-needed assistance will help alleviate some of the challenges Los Angeles has faced as we work to make the vaccine available to more Angelenos and help our city recover from the effects of the pandemic.”