This week, Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, all Democrats, announced additional COVID-19 response funding for our state:
Maryland lawmakers announced more than $36 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support Maryland’s COVID-19 response efforts.
“Additional help from the American Rescue Plan continues to help Maryland’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts,” the lawmakers said. “This pandemic has underscored an essential need to improve our public health resources for Maryland families and this new allocation will support our state’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Team Maryland will work tirelessly to secure additional funding to ensure that our state and local health departments have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
The funding, coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, totals to $35,358,851. It is a part of the Health Crisis Response Program that was launched by the CDC to expand lab capacity, enhance disease surveillance and setup up state mitigation efforts.
“The American Rescue Plan provided critical relief to families in need, helped businesses get back on their feet, and delivered life-saving COVID-19 response funding when we needed it the most. I’m thrilled that our Democratic Congressional delegation was able to secure more funding from the historic package,” said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis. “The success of the American Rescue Plan highlights the need for further bold investment in our country. If we want to truly build back better, we need to pass the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. Once again, this success highlights that while Republicans obstruct, Democrats deliver results.”