Press Releases

June 10, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $380,000 for Inland Empire Tribal Response to Coronavirus
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc has received $383,553 in coronavirus-response funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will allow the organization to increase staff and provide protective equipment to prevent further spread of the virus within the region’s tribal communities.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Aguilar Leads Bicameral Request for an Investigation into HUD’s Policy Changes to Deny DACA Recipients FHA-Backed Mortgage Loans with Sen. Menendez and Rep. Vargas
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31), U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), led a bicameral group of colleagues in requesting the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to open an investigation into whether the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in its decision to change the agency’s policy to deny Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loans to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
June 2, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $600,000 for Coronavirus Prevention in San Bernardino
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the City of San Bernardino has received $632,422 from the Department of Justice Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. The funding will be used to help the city purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for municipal employees and first responders to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
June 1, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $66 Million in CARES Act Funding Available for Inland Empire Schools
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced over $66 million for San Bernardino County schools allocated by the CARES Act. Individual schools, school districts and the San Bernardino County Office of Education are eligible to receive this funding. The CARES Act appropriated $13.2 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to help schools recover from economic hardship and implement new safety regulations for students. San Bernardino County school districts and the San Bernardino County Office of Education are eligible for a total of $56,014,676, and individual schools are eligible to receive the remaining $10 million.
May 21, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $4.8 Million for Inland Empire Health Care Provider
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that SAC Health System (SACHS) has received $4.8 million in Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue its work as a Teaching Health Center. The grant program, established by the Affordable Care Act, supports the expansion of community-based health care and allows regions like San Bernardino County to attract graduate medical residents to help provide primary and ambulatory care.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Votes to Provide Additional Coronavirus Funding for Inland Empire Residents and First Responders
Today, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a bill to provide relief to first responders, frontline workers and Americans affected by the spread and economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. The bill includes nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments to ensure first responders, police officers, teachers, and other key municipal and frontline workers avoid pay cuts or layoffs. The bill also establishes a Heroes’ Fund of $200 billion to give hazard pay to frontline workers, provides additional stimulus payments of up to $6,000 per family, and funds an additional $75 billion for coronavirus testing, treatment and prevention efforts. If the bill is enacted, the most recent estimates indicate that cities within California’s 31st Congressional District and the County of San Bernardino would be eligible for over $1.9 billion in combined federal funding over the next two years, with the following individual allocations:
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $47 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for Inland Empire Health Care Providers
University Medical Center, and $50,287 for Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was appropriated by the CARES Act and by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, legislation passed by Congress to help Americans respond to and navigate the coronavirus crisis. The funding is intended to help providers administer COVID-19 related care and cover costs incurred by the spread of the virus.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $1.1 Million for Inland Empire COVID-19 Testing
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $1,121,862 to expand coronavirus testing capabilities in San Bernardino County. The funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be distributed to three Inland Empire health care providers and agencies, with SAC Health System (SACHS) receiving $640,264, Inland Behavioral and Health Services, Inc. (IBHS) receiving $224,449 and the County of San Bernardino receiving $257,149.
May 1, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $1.5 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for Inland Empire Affordable Housing
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) received $1,547,064 in funding from the CARES Act, legislation passed by Congress to provide relief to Americans during the coronavirus crisis. The funding will help HACSB offset rental income lost due to the economic hardship caused by the virus, and nearly $40,000 is designated to purchase cleaning supplies and protective equipment to help tenants and HACSB employees stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
April 23, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Votes to Increase Funding for Inland Empire Small Businesses and Hospitals
The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a nearly $500 billion legislative package to provide American businesses and health care providers with resources they need to continue operations during the coronavirus crisis. The bill provides an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with $60 billion reserved for smaller and medium-sized community-based lenders. The bill also provides $50 billion more for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and $75 billion to hospitals and health care providers. Finally, the bill provides $25 billion to help enhance nationwide testing capabilities, a crucial step toward reopening the economy.

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