Congressman Ryan Urges Speaker Pelosi to Provide Smaller Cities and Counties Direct Stabilization Funding to Combat the COVID-19 Virus
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tim Ryan today urged US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 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 Congressman joined 125 of his House colleagues in suggesting to Speaker Pelosi that without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing these critical services needed to confront the COVID-19 virus.
The letter to Speaker Pelosi follows a similar letter sent to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on March 31st 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. 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,” wrote the members. “We fear that, without targeted stabilization funding, smaller localities will be unable to continue providing these critical services to our constituents at the rate they are currently.”