CARSON CITY, NV – September 10, 2020
Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement in response to the White House denying the State’s request to have the federal government fully fund the Nevada National Guard's COVID-19 response efforts through the end of the year.
Since the Guard’s activation in early April, federal Title 32 funding covered 100 percent of the related costs. In early August, the White House officially announced the federal government would fund 75 percent of the Nevada National Guard through December 31. Since then, President Trump has approved full funding of National Guard duties in five states to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
As a result of the President’s decision, Nevada will use Coronavirus Relief Funds to cover the State’s share of the cost burden to keep the Nevada National Guard activated through the end of December.
Even before the official announcement, the Governor’s Office had made multiple requests to the White House, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence requesting full federal funding for the Nevada National Guard, and requested the opportunity for Gov. Sisolak to discuss the request directly with President Trump.
The Nevada National Guard has been a critical resource for the State, providing assistance with community based testing, contact tracing, laboratory and logistical support operations, food distribution and staff in the state emergency operations center.
On Wednesday evening, the Governor’s Office was informed that President Trump would not approve the request to provide full federal funding for the Nevada National Guard’s COVID-19 response effort.
“There is no rational justification for providing some states full federal funding for the Guard and denying a state like Nevada, which is still facing an increased transmission risk in our largest counties and devastating economic impacts as a result of this pandemic,” said Gov. Sisolak. “The Nevada National Guard has led our State in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be critical to the success of our recovery efforts going forward. I am disappointed in the President’s decision and urge him to reconsider based on Nevada’s current situation. As Governor, I will continue to advocate to bring in more federal funds to help Nevada’s ongoing response efforts.”
The Nevada National Guard’s coronavirus response marks the largest state activation in history.
The Nevada National Guard established four ongoing community based sample collection sites and staffed 24 mobile sample collection teams around rural Nevada. Ten of the mobile teams traveled to Native American communities throughout the state. Guard Soldiers and Airmen also maintained the state’s strategic stockpile and warehouses in northern and southern Nevada. The Guard has been instrumental in Nevada’s emergency response to COVID-19.