News Releases

Mar 14, 2021

Extended unemployment benefits

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (up to about $345 per week) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ($300 per week) will continue through September 6, 2021.

Mar 14, 2021

Support for families with children

DCCA will receive funds to provide direct support to struggling families with children due to the pandemic through the new Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Mar 14, 2021

Child Tax Credit upped, monthly

Your congressional office worked closely with the House Ways and Means to change early versions of the American Rescue Plan and make families in the Marianas eligible for partial monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit, beginning in July, rather than one lump-sum, annual payment.

Mar 14, 2021

Earned income tax credit for the Marianas

It has been over twenty years since the Commonwealth Legislature increased taxes on low-income workers by taking away their earned income tax credit, saying it was too costly.

Mar 14, 2021

Resources for our schools

The Congressional Research Service has estimated the Marianas will receive $160,075,000 for elementary and secondary schools from the emergency relief funds for schools in the American Rescue Plan.

Mar 14, 2021

Help with child care

Even those who have a job may find it difficult to show up for work with children out of school and daycare businesses closed because of the pandemic.

Mar 14, 2021

Money for vaccine, testing, PPE

As President Biden announced in his address to the nation, making sure everyone has access to the COVID-19 vaccine, testing, and personal protective equipment will now become more of a coordinated, national program.

Mar 14, 2021

Commonwealth government: $483m

The Commonwealth government will receive an estimated $483 million to address the revenue losses and expense increases due to the pandemic—the single largest federal grant ever to the Marianas.

Mar 14, 2021

More food assistance

The demands on the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program have grown as Marianas families lost income during the pandemic and struggled to keep food on the table.

Mar 14, 2021

Ports and small businesses aided

As a special-purpose unit of government involved in transportation, the Commonwealth Ports Authority should be able to tap in to Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds.

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