CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, all 4 Republican Executive Councilors voted to reject $27 million in federal funds as part of the American Rescue Plan’s Immunization Program. This funding is critical to increasing COVID education and vaccination rates in rural areas, with houseless populations and with homebound patients. In response to the news, House Democratic Leader Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) released the following statement:
“For the second time in a month, Republicans on the Executive Council have failed Granite Staters by rejecting federal funds to help increase vaccination rates in New Hampshire. Once again, Republicans have let extremist anti-vaxxers prevent the government from doing its job to help bring New Hampshire out of the pandemic. Clearly, Governor Sununu cannot control the circus within his party and it’s costing Granite Staters their lives.
Twice as many people in rural areas are dying of COVID than in urban neighborhoods. We needed the $27 million weeks ago to get trusted health professionals into our rural communities across the state to educate and administer the COVID vaccine. By rejecting tax dollars that Granite Staters already paid to the federal government, Republicans are allowing the people of New Hampshire to subsidize vaccination efforts in other states. It is asinine that Republicans are allowing conspiracy theorists to drive their decision making, costing New Hampshire taxpayers millions in the process.”