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ICYMI: Rep. Leger Fernández Highlights Funding to Help Women, Children, and Tribal Communities

March 2, 2021

 

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández spoke on the House Floor in favor of the American Rescue Plan and highlighted the funding that would address the complex needs of New Mexico’s communities. The Congresswoman highlighted funding to help women and children who have experienced abuse during the pandemic and funding to help native peoples, including their Tribal governments, health facilities, and education.

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Congresswoman Leger Fernandez delivering her speech on the House floor

Watch full remarks HERE

Remarks:

This pandemic’s tentacles have infiltrated every facet of our communities’ lives.  

The brilliance of this rescue package is that it understands those complexities and addresses those many needs. 

For example, since the pandemic began, we’ve seen increased reports of abuse of women and children. 

So, this bill helps fund shelters and refuge. 

The country has also seen the heartbreaking devastation in Tribal communities. 

Native Americans are four times more likely to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans. 

So, this bill includes over 20 billion dollars to assist native peoples, including their Tribal governments, health facilities, and education. 

We need this package to end the nation’s suffering. 

Let’s pass this bill. Save lives. Save livelihoods. Save communities. 

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