Press Releases

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.
April 22, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $860,000 for Inland Empire Health Care
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $861,299 in federal funding for SAC Health System (SACHS) as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Cluster Program. The funding will help SACHS continue its mission of providing high-quality affordable health care to Inland Empire residents, including specialized treatment options for the homeless. SACHS provides a wide range of care to the medically-underserved community throughout the Inland Empire region. In 2019, SACHS provided care to 36,107 patients in 141,737 visits.
April 15, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar, Torres & Calvert Announce $22.4 Million in Funding for Local Airports
U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), and Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced more than $22.4 million in funding for Inland Empire airports. The funding was made possible by the CARES Act, bipartisan legislation to help American families and businesses navigate the coronavirus crisis.
April 13, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $47 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for Inland Empire Students and Colleges
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced over $47 million in federal funding to support Inland Empire colleges and students during the coronavirus crisis. The funding, which was appropriated by the CARES Act, provides $26,243,781 for California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), $6,732,563 for San Bernardino Valley Community College, $3,388,020 for University of Redlands, and $11,446,484 for Chaffey College. The CARES Act requires that the at least 50 percent of all funds go toward direct relief for students in the form of tuition assistance, financial aid, meal programs and other student services.
April 8, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Additional $2.6 Million for Inland Empire Coronavirus Response
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $2,626,084 in supplemental funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the coronavirus crisis in the Inland Empire. The funding, which comes after Congress appropriated over $200 billion to local health care providers through the CARES Act, will be distributed to three Inland Empire health care providers. SAC Health System (SACHS) has received $1,094,761, Inland Behavioral and Health Services (IBHS) has received $711,077 and the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has received $820,246. The funds will be used to help these agencies meet the challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19 by investing in telehealth options for patients, purchasing protective equipment for health care workers, and funding additional staff to increase patient care and testing capacities.
April 2, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $13 Million for Inland Empire Coronavirus Response
Congressman Pete Aguilar announced that five Inland Empire cities and the County of San Bernardino received a total of $13,133,589 in federal grant funding to begin responding to the financial crisis created by the spread of coronavirus. The new funding comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program funds, which allow city and county governments to invest in programs to support economic growth, spur job creation, address homelessness and provide affordable housing. These funds were made available by the CARES Act, the third federal coronavirus response bill, which Congressman Aguilar helped pass on March 27, 2020.

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