Leahy Leads Letter Calling For Additional Relief For State And Local Governments

WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2021) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday released a letter joined by 12 other Senators calling for additional relief for state, localities, and tribal governments in the next COVID relief package, including a strong all-state minimum to ensure every state can meet the economic and public health challenges the nation still faces.

In March, Congress established the Coronavirus Relief Fund in the CARES Act.  The fund provided direct support to state and local governments to support local business, provide the necessary resources to schools, and secure personal protective equipment for frontline workers.  In the months since Congress passed the CARES Act, many states have exhausted these resources even as the economic and health crisis worsened. 

In a letter to Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell, the Senators wrote:  “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every state across the country.  While instances of infection and fatalities vary state-to-state, the economic crisis is felt everywhere.  As the Senate, in coordination with our partners in the House and with the Biden administration, considers additional relief, it can leave no state behind.  Strong funding to replenish the Coronavirus Relief Fund, coupled with a similarly strong all-state minimum and maximum flexibility to best utilize those funds, are essential. We strongly urge you to include these resources in the next COVID package.”

The letter was joined by Senators Reed (D-R.I.), Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tester (D-Mont), Rosen (D-Nev.), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Hassan (D-N.H.), Coons (D-Del.), Carper (D-Del.), Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Sanders (I-Vt.), and Schatz (D-Hawaii).

The full letter can be found HERE.

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