Local Leaders Call for Funds Directly for Cities in Senate COVID-19 Legislation

March 21, 2020 - (1 min read)

Washington, DC – Today, Capitol Hill continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic with much needed negotiation and legislation to provide American families and residents financial relief. Senate negotiators are considering including a State “stabilization” Fund in the latest bill, and local elected leaders are rallying to ensure direct federal funding is used to stabilize households, residents, and small businesses on the economic margins.

“As local communities continue to combat the spread of COVID-19 across our nation, we need legislation on Capitol Hill that prioritizes getting funding to cities, towns and villages,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “Right now, we estimate that nationally, cities will need at least $250 billion in emergency funding. Local leaders stand ready to work beside Congress to help counteract the devastating economic effects brought on by the Coronavirus.”

Take action on Senate legislation for local COVID-19 funds here. Visit nlc.org/coronavirus for response resources for local leaders.


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