|Legislative Background: |
On November 17, 2020, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced S. 4898, legislation that would extend the period during which states, tribes, and territories may use Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) payments.
This legislation would allow CRF recipients to use their funds through September, 2021, rather than the current looming deadline of December 30, 2020.
This extension is absolutely critical for tribal governments. Due to a significant initial delay for all tribes in receiving CRF payments and sometimes confusing guidance after payments were issued, some tribes may still have funds remaining at the end of this year that should be put to use mitigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If this legislation is not passed, CRF recipients may have to return unused funds to the Department of Treasury.
CALL TO ACTION: We urge all tribal governments to reach out to their congressional delegation immediately in both the House and the Senate to support this extension.