Biden Threatens to STOP Arizona from Getting $170 Million in COVID Relief Funds

Biden threatens to STOP Arizona getting $170 million in COVID relief funds if they keep telling students not to wear masks in schools

  • The Copper State previously announced it would use the money in a way that discourages the wearing of masks in schools
  • In a letter from the Treasury Department, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was told his state has 60 days to redirect funding to its intended purpose.
  • If Arizona doesn’t discontinue or change its programs, the Treasury can begin the process to recoup the money
  • Under a $163 million program, Arizona only allocated the money to schools if they followed all state rules, including the ban on mask requirements
  • A separate $10 million program offers families vouchers of up to $7,000 to help lower-income families exit school districts in need of masks



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President Biden threatened to withhold $170 million in emergency coronavirus supplies from Arizona in a standoff with the state over masks in schools.

The Copper State previously announced it would use the money in a way that discourages the wearing of masks in schools. Arizona received $4.2 billion from the $350 billion state program under the US bailout plan, which allocated money to cities, states and counties and allowed them to spend the money largely as they saw fit, with few restrictions .

In a letter from the Treasury Department, Arizona’s GOP government Doug Ducey was told his state has 60 days to redirect funding toward its intended goal of reducing the spread of the coronavirus. If Arizona does not discontinue or change its programs, the Treasury may begin the process of recovering the funds.

Some governments used the money to contain the spread of Covid-19, others used it to boost their economies or tackle budget problems. Others used the money for political priorities.

In Arizona, local lawmakers dangled the money from districts following the ban on mask mandates in schools. Some districts had ignored state policy before the Supreme Court invalidated it in November.

President Biden threatened to withhold $170 million in coronavirus emergency supplies from Arizona in clash with state over masks in schools

President Biden threatened to withhold $170 million in coronavirus emergency supplies from Arizona in clash with state over masks in schools

In a letter from the Treasury Department, Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey was told his state has 60 days to redirect funding to its intended purpose, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter from the Treasury Department, Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey was told his state has 60 days to redirect funding to its intended purpose, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter from the Treasury Department, Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey was told his state has 60 days to redirect funding to its intended purpose, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Arizona got $4.2 billion from the aid package and under one $163 million program allocated the money only to cash-strapped schools if they followed all state rules, including those prohibiting mask requirements. Schools that received funding were also required to commit to offering personalized instruction.

A separate $10 million program is offering families vouchers of up to $7,000 to help lower-income families exit school districts in need of masks or other Covid restrictions.

The Treasury also threatened to delay distribution of the rest of the coronavirus emergency aid for Arizona. The state has so far received about half of the $4.2 billion it was awarded through the $1.9 trillion aid package.

The Biden administration first warned Arizona it could lose millions in Covid funds if it didn’t change its policy in October.

Ducey was quick to hit back at the Biden administration at the time, defending the two parental choice protection programs.

“Here in Arizona, we rely on families to make decisions that are best for their children. Obviously, President Biden doesn’t feel the same,” he said.

He is focused on taking power from American families by issuing restrictive and dictatorial mandates for his own political gain.

A $10 million program offers families vouchers of up to $7,000 to help lower-income families exit school districts in need of masks or other Covid restrictions

“After last year’s many challenges, our top priority should be to educate our children.

“That’s exactly what this program does: it gives families in need access to essential learning resources. Why is the president against that?’

Arizona is one of at least eight states with laws or executive orders banning mask mandates in public schools.

In August, the Biden administration expressed frustration, and the Department of Education opened civil rights investigations in five states, saying such measures could discriminate against students with disabilities.

It said it was monitoring other states, including Arizona, in case their actions merited investigation.

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