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RELEASE: Sununu “Would Be A No” For $63 Billion In COVID Testing & Treatment In American Rescue Plan

Concord, N.H. -- Last week Democrats in Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which will provide billions of dollars in federal relief for New Hampshire, including new funding for COVID testing, tracing, and prevention, as well as for vaccinations and COVID treatments. Since the pandemic began, more than 78,615 Granite Staters have been infected with COVID-19. These funds will be critical to helping ensure people get vaccinated as quickly as possible. But last month, Chris Sununu made clear that if he was in the Senate, he “would be a no vote” and would have sided with the Kochs and Washington Republicans to block this much-needed relief for New Hampshire. This comes as New Hampshire’s vaccination efforts continue to lag compared to neighboring states under Governor Sununu. According to updated data from Bloomberg News, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have all moved ahead of New Hampshire in per capita vaccinations. Vermont’s vaccination rate is 38.3 percent, Maine’s is 38.9 percent, Massachusetts’s is 38.0 percent, Connecticut’s is 40.5 percent, and Rhode Island’s is 36.7 percent. Meanwhile, New Hampshire has administered only 34.2 vaccines per 100 people. “Ensuring that everyone is healthy is key to reopening the economy and getting students back to school. This means that robust investment in COVID-19 testing and treatment is necessary and the American Rescue Plan does just that,” said Senator Cindy Rosenwald. “It’s unfortunate that Governor Sununu said that if he were in the Senate, he would have voted against the American Rescue Plan that includes so much critical funding needed to combat this virus. While New Hampshire’s federal delegation showed up for Granite Staters, Governor Sununu made it clear that given the chance, he would turn his back on them.”

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