Rep. Pruitt calls for committee action on CARES Act money

    Rep. Lance Pruitt on the floor of the House.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Legislative Budget & Audit Committee cancelled a Wednesday meeting on CARES Act funding, rescheduling it to next Monday.

    House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt released a statement in response to what he perceives as the delay on COVID-19 and CARES Act relief funding.

    "The laundry list of Alaskan businesses shutting down is growing every day, Pruitt said. "Governor Dunleavy has laid out a plan to get money into Alaskans' hands as expeditiously as possible. The Legislative Budget & Audit Committee only needs to approve this distribution to get money to Alaskans immediately."

    The Legislature is currently under the 24-hour rule, allowing LBA to meet at any time to approve the funding.

    “Businesses are shutting down, Alaskans are struggling, we don’t have weeks to figure this out," Pruitt added. "The RPL process is the fastest way to get relief into the hands of Alaskans. LB&A can accelerate this process; we join other Legislators in calling for swift action. Personal agendas need to be set aside, Alaskans need to know they are the priority.” Rep. Pruitt concluded. “No more delays; approve the money now.”



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