“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging the U.S. House of Representatives to include several priorities in the COVID IV stimulus package currently being drafted. The letter outlined provisions that would provide much-needed resources to continue providing a robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter urges Congress to provide Puerto Rico equal treatment as a state under any legislation signed into law during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also recommends a minimum of $1.27 billion for the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) to Puerto Rico and the other territories which participate in NAP. Additionally, it urges elimination of the Medicaid cap for all U.S. territories and the extension of the terms of the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for U.S. territories in 42 U.S.C. 1396d(ff) (1) for an additional seven quarters. Furthermore, it includes a request for the inclusion of the House-passed Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, H.R. 5687 that would provide the island the necessary resources for a full recovery from the recent earthquakes. Lastly, it recommends the inclusion of provisions that would guarantee the expansion of block grants and tax credit programs to all the U.S. territories as well as salaries for all teaching staff in the insular areas through the end of fiscal year 2020.
We thank the CHC for including Puerto Rico in its call to ensure that millions of Americans receive adequate assistance during this pandemic. In this time of heightened concern for public health, it is imperative that we take proactive action to ensure that all Americans receive resources during this emergency. We urge Congress to include Puerto Rico in the forthcoming COVID IV supplemental and make ourselves available to work with Members of Congress during this process.”