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Rep. Cuellar Announces $210,752 in Federal COVID-19 Emergency Funding for First Responders in La Joya, Palmview, Penitas, and Mission

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Congressman Henry Cuellar
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Mission, TX – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced $210,752.37 in federal funds to assist La Joya, Palmview, Penitas, and Mission in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. These funds, awarded through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program, will be used for overtime, protective equipment and supplies for our first responders.

“We must all work together to protect our law enforcement and first responders who are working on the front lines every day to keep South Texans safe,” said Congressman Cuellar. This funding will help ensure they receive the proper training, equipment, and medical support needed to combat this crisis. As a senior member on the Appropriations Committee, I am committed to fighting for our first responders receive the necessary support to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect our community. I will continue to work with the State of Texas to ensure all funding that the federal government allocated is dispersed hard-working men and women combatting this pandemic every day.”

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program

As a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Cuellar helped secure $850 million for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) program in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

The CESF Program provides financial assistance to cities and counties to address the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. These federal allocations are an addition to Hidalgo County’s allocation of $430,653.63 through the CESF Program earlier this spring. Local governments are able to use this funding for overtime, equipment, hiring, supplies, training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state/ local prisons and detention centers. This funding is dispersed through the Texas’ Public Safety Office.

The following localities received an allocation from the Public Safety Office:

  • La Joya: $22,907.79
  • Palmview: $28,414.75
  • Penitas: $24,439.83
  • Mission: $134,990
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