Following the support of Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and Arizona Representatives Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09), the administration approved Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government, which will allow the Nation to access additional resources to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
I am pleased the administration took swift action on behalf of the Navajo Nation. Approving a Major Disaster Declaration will help save lives and livelihoods—and ensure the Nation can access critical resources to combat and reduce the spread of COVID-19, said Sinema.
The Navajo Nation has been resilient in the face of the pandemic, and has battled the virus with too little help from the federal government. This much-needed declaration from the administration will get the Navajo Nation additional funding and flexibility to address the spread of COVID-19 and begin to recover, said Kelly.