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Lawmakers push for direct funding to smaller areas in COVID-19 legislation

Without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing critical services needed to confront the coronavirus, the lawmakers said.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo courtesy of pelosi.house.gov)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 U.S. House members, including Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday to ensure that any future COVID-19 economic stabilization legislation provide direct funding to cities, towns and counties with a population under 500,000.

The lawmakers suggested to Pelosi that without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing critical services needed to confront the coronavirus.

The letter to Pelosi follows a similar letter sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on March 31 encouraging the Treasury Department to provide guidance to U.S. governors to make certain that the Coronavirus Relief Fund is distributed in a timely manner to cities with a population of more than 50,000 and ensures that smaller communities are not left behind.

"Many of us represent districts containing no or few localities with populations above 500,000. Like their larger neighbors, though, these smaller counties, cities and towns have faced enormous costs while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter to Pelosi states. “These costs include deploying timely public service announcements to keep Americans informed, rapidly activating emergency operations, readying employees for telework to keep services running and more. This work is essential to keeping our constituents safe and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus as effectively as possible.”




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