Nambé, N.M. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement calling for greater support of New Mexico families, small businesses, state, local and tribal governments, and frontline health care workers in an interim emergency COVID-19 relief package:
“Congress passed the bipartisan CARES Act to deliver critical relief to our nation in this moment of crisis. It is clear, however, that we need to get more resources to our small businesses, our hospitals and frontline health care workers, and our local, state, and tribal governments. We also need to provide additional SNAP funding to ensure that no family in New Mexico goes hungry during this crisis.
“The Trump administration has struggled to implement the CARES Act, especially the SBA Payment Protection Program. Too many community lenders, mom-and-pop small businesses, and underserved communities are being left behind. Small businesses need more funding from the SBA loan and grant programs, and these programs need reforms and greater transparency to ensure that New Mexican small businesses get the support they need and deserve.
“The pandemic has dealt a serious blow to our public health and economy. While we would all like to get back to normal, there must be a substantial increase in the production in rapid testing and personal protective equipment. That is why we need more resources now.”
This past week, Congressman Luján and the New Mexico Delegation called on the Trump administration to improve the guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program so that small businesses and nonprofits can receive critically-needed federal assistance and support. Luján also introduced the Coronavirus Community Relief Act to bring $250 billion in direct relief for local governments across the United States.