Trump administration is supporting the people of the NMI

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“We have the best doctors, the best military leaders, and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world. And we’re orchestrating a massive Federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen.” – President Donald J. Trump

Overview: Response and recovery efforts are locally executed, State/Commonwealth managed, and federally supported. Successful emergency management requires nationwide cooperation and unity of effort, combining the strength and ingenuity of our citizens and private sector with a sweeping, all-inclusive, and whole-of- government response. The below is a partial overview of Federal assistance provided to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the people of the Northern Mariana Islands to combat the Coronavirus. The information is bolstered by hundreds of additional actions by the Federal government to help the people of the Northern Mariana Islands. Implementation of the CARES Act is ongoing and will also bring additional support to the Northern Mariana Islands. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have appreciated the strong partnership with Governor Ralph Torres.

Supportive Actions by President Donald J. Trump:

  • President Trump Declares a National Emergency: On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency concerning COVID-19. The emergency declaration authorized direct Federal assistance, temporary facilities, commodities, equipment, and emergency operation costs for all States and Territories, including the Northern Mariana Islands, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
  • The Northern Mariana Islands’ Major Disaster Declaration: On March 23, Governor Torres submitted a major disaster declaration request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On April 1, President Trump approved the request declaring a major disaster in the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth recovery efforts in the areas affected by COVID-19. For the first time in our Nation’s history, every State and Territory has a presidential disaster declaration at the same
  • Historic Economic Relief: On April 24, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into The law provides further unprecedented economic relief to American citizens, small businesses, workers, healthcare providers, State, Territory and local governments and builds on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriation. More here. Additional Northern Mariana Islands allocation information is found below.

Testing, Resource & Logistics Support: FEMA is working with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), other Federal agencies, and private sector partners, to produce, allocate, and distribute key resources to the Northern Mariana Islands. Most notably, these include personal protective equipment (PPE), testing supplies, ventilators, and the expedition of critical supplies from overseas to various U.S. locations.

  • HHS, the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are providing unprecedented regulatory flexibilities, resources, and guidance to expand the availability of testing and to assist the Northern Mariana Islands and States across the country in scaling testing. Learn more from the CDC here and FDA here. In addition, the CARES Act and other supplemental disbursements, alongside FEMA resources, are important avenues for States to scale
  • In support of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA and HHS are coordinating a whole-of-America approach to source PPE, ventilators, testing supplies, and other critical resources for States, Tribes, and Territories. The effort is led by Rear Admiral John Polowczyk of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For more on the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, read more here.
  • As of April 28, FEMA delivered 25 ventilators, 16,150 N-95 masks, 38,348 surgical masks, 30,474 medical gowns, 3,289 coveralls, 37,077 face shields, and 201,299 gloves from the Strategic National Stockpile to the Northern Marianas
  • As of April 28, FEMA obligated $5 M for COVID-19 response efforts in the Northern Mariana Islands and will continue to obligate additional dollars per validated State

Federal Agency Support: The Trump Administration continues to provide unprecedented resources, guidance, and regulatory flexibilities for State, Territorial, local and tribal governments to develop and deploy innovative solutions for addressing COVID-19.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • As of April 23, through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided over $1.5 M to the Northern Mariana Islands. More here.
  • As of May 1, HHS has awarded over $542 K in CARES Act funding to a health center in the Northern Mariana Islands to assist in combatting COVID-19. More here.
  • Medical providers in the Northern Mariana Islands were allocated more than $798 K for the first round of funding from the Provider Relief Fund, with most of that provided Friday, April
  • As of April 27, the Northern Mariana Islands have received over $7 M from HHS through the Provider Relief Fund, CDC funding, HRSA health centers, and other HHS
  • On April 9, the Northern Mariana Islands submitted an 1135 Medicaid Waiver request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). On April 14, CMS approved the Northern Mariana Islands’ waiver request offering new flexibilities to focus resources on combatting the outbreak and providing the best possible care to Medicaid beneficiaries in the Northern Mariana
  • HHS, CMS, and FDA have issued guidance on several topics to help inform decisions made by health officials and private sector partners, including operational guidance for the Northern Mariana Islands’ nursing homes, telemedicine, elective surgery, and insurers. Learn more from CMS here, CDC here, and FDA here.

 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • As a result of the CARES Act, the SBA created four additional loan/funding programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. As of April 16, the SBA issued over $12.6 M in loans to over 50 Northern Mariana Islands small businesses. Nationally, SBA executed more loans in 14 days of the CARES Act implementation than the agency had done in the previous 14 years. More here.
  • On March 21, SBA declared an economic disaster in the Northern Mariana Islands at the request of Governor Torres. The disaster declaration creates access to low interest loans for small businesses across the Northern Mariana Islands. As of April 27, the SBA has approved 58 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances of up to $10,000 for the Northern Mariana Islands small businesses impacted by COVID-19; these funds, as authorized by the CARES Act, do not need to be repaid and have totaled more than $284 K in the Northern Mariana

 U.S. Department of the Treasury (USDT)

  • As of April 17, the Internal Revenue Service has issued over 267,000 combined Economic Impact Payments (EIP) totaling more than $501 M to eligible individuals in all Territories and overseas. Nationally, the IRS has issued 1 M payments to taxpayers across the Nation. Authorized under the CARES Act, EIPs are being automatically issued to eligible 2019 or 2018 Federal tax return filers who received a refund using direct deposit. Social Security recipients who do not file tax returns will automatically receive economic impact payments. More here and here.
  • Treasury has completed all disbursements from the CARES Act’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to States, Territories, and units of local government eligible for direct allocation. Over $36.2 M has been distributed to the Northern Mariana Islands. More here.
  • On April 9, the Department of the Treasury and Federal Reserve launched a Main Street Business Lending program and a Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) to support the flow of credit to American workers, businesses, States, Territories, counties, and cities in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation impacted by the COVID-19 The MLF will provide up to $500 B in direct financing to States, Territories, counties, and cities across the Nation to help ensure they have the funds necessary to provide essential services to citizens and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More here. MLF term sheet and guidance can be found here. A list of frequently asked questions from the Federal Reserve can be found here.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • HUD made over $824 K in COVID-19 funding available to the Northern Mariana Islands grantees via CARES Act authorizations. More here.
  • On April 1, HUD implemented the CARES Act requirement to provide up to one year of payment forbearance for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) single-family borrowers in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. More here.
  • On April 10, HUD implemented the CARES Act requirement to provide FHA multifamily borrowers in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation with forbearance for up to three months if they agree not to evict tenants during that period. More here 

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

  • On March 19, the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced $366,900 in FY 2020 Technical Assistance Program funding to the Northern Mariana Islands. Funds were approved for the use of purchasing PPE and hygienic supplies for government workers in the CNMI during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was made available through the OIA Technical Assistance Program (TAP).
  • On March 26, OIA announced $858,924 in TAP emergency funding assistance to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to procure GeneXpert Testing Kits and two machines for the U.S. Pacific territories and Freely Associated States in order to support on-island COVID-19 More here.
  • The CARES Act included $55 M for the Insular Areas in COVID-19 funding assistance under the Office of Insular Affairs’ TAP program. The funding is to support efforts to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19. A reserve fund of more than $13.7 M has been set aside as a contingency in case of any unforeseen emergencies. The remaining funding was divided based on population, and the CNMI applied for and has been awarded more than $4 M. Drawdowns will be paid after details are provided on what the funding will be used for and show that it is in support of the Territory’s pandemic 

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

U.S. Department of Education (DoED)

  • In April, DoED announced allocations under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of the CARES Act totaling over $1.8 M to support postsecondary education students and institutions of higher education in the Northern Mariana Islands. More here and here

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • On April 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order, under the authority of the Defense Production Act, to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 The CDC and OSHA provided guidance to facilities to ensure employee safety, prompt reopening, and continued operation of facilities. USDA will work with meat processing facilities to ensure accordance with CDC and OSHA guidance, and with Territory and local officials to ensure plants are allowed to operate and continue to harden the security of the American food supply chain. More here.
  • USDA has provided numerous flexibilities and resources to the Northern Mariana Islands to ensure children and low income Americans have access to food during the national More here.
  • USDA published a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide for rural residents, businesses, and communities in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the country to find information about Federal funding and partnership opportunities during the COVID-19
  • On April 17, Secretary Perdue joined President Trump in announcing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation in response to COVID-19. This $19 B relief program will provide $16 B in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers and $3 B in purchases of fresh produce, dairy, and meat, including producers in the Northern Mariana

 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • DOT allocated more than $1 M in Federal Transit Administration funds to help the Northern Mariana Islands public transportation systems respond to the challenges of COVID-19. More here.
  • DOT awarded more than $22.7 M from the Federal Aviation Administration to help fund continuing operations and lost revenue for airports in the Northern Mariana Islands. More here.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

  • With the $19.6 B allocated under the CARES Act, the VA is hiring new staff and procuring additional resources to deal with the evolving needs of the This includes expanding free or subsidized telehealth services and waiving a requirement that VA State homes maintain a 90 percent occupancy rate in order to receive Federal benefits for times when the Veteran is not in the home. More here.
  • The VA traditionally provides Veterans’ healthcare, benefits and memorial In times of national crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, VA provides services to the Nation based on requests from States and Territories, while being clear that Veterans are our first priority. This is known as VA’s Fourth Mission. The VA continues to evaluate opportunities to help States, Territories, and local communities across the country.
  • The S. Department of the Treasury and VA announced that VA benefit recipients in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation will automatically receive $1,200 in Economic Impact Payments provided for under the CARES Act.
  • On April 3, the VA announced a number of actions to provide Veterans in the Northern Mariana Islands and across the Nation with financial, benefits and claims help as part of the VA’s COVID-19 response. The financial relief actions include – until further notice – (i) suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department and (ii) suspending collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, as the Veteran prefers. More here.

U.S. Department of State (DOS)

  • The State Department launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home citizens from every corner of the globe and has repatriated thousands of Americans from multiple countries. As of April 17, DOS has coordinated the repatriation of nearly 70,000 Americans. More here

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

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