Senators ask for Treasury guidance on COVID-19 relief funds
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire are requesting that the Treasury Department provide guidance to states on how to use funds allocated to them in the American Rescue Plan.
“The American Rescue Plan provided $350 billion in emergency relief to state and local governments that have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis,” the senators wrote in a letter Friday to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. “This relief will boost the economic recovery by protecting jobs, strengthening community services, facilitating necessary infrastructure investments, and replacing lost revenue.”
The senators said given impending budget deadlines, New Hampshire and other states “require prompt guidance from Treasury regarding the eligible uses of state and local relief funds.”
States specifically need guidance on a section of law that “aims to ensure that relief funds are directed toward essential workers, services, and investments,” they said.
Nearly 95,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 264 cases announced Friday. Two new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 1,303.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire decreased over the past two weeks, going from 441 new cases per day on April 14 to 252 new cases per day on Wednesday.