Elected officials from across the country demand more federal funding to combat the pandemic and reduce the economic impacts of COVID-19
Contact: Anthony Caldwell at (877) 419-7348
For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26th, 2021
COLUMBUS, OHIO – More than 800 governors, lieutenant governors, state treasurers, state auditors, legislators, mayors, and other state and local elected leaders have signed onto a letter to demand that Congress pass the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, which would provide $350 billion for states and localities to protect the health, safety, and economic wellbeing of all families.
“Working people and their families have bravely worked through this crisis and they have disproportionately faced economic insecurity amid the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan would help ensure the solvency of many public services at a time when they are needed most,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and a Vice President of the Service Employees International Union Executive Board. “Elected officials of all backgrounds have stated resoundingly that the American Rescue Plan is needed to support frontline workers, maintain vital services, and turn the tide of the pandemic,” Williams continued.
In a letter, the bipartisan coalition that includes elected officials from 36 states and Guam, outlined the support critically needed by government entities across the country, especially those facing declining revenue and an increased demand for vital services. They also pointed out that it has been ten months since Congress passed the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to support frontline workers.
“It is a painful irony that while many have rightly called these essential workers heroes, our country has failed to truly respect them with a promise to protect them and pay them throughout the crisis,” the coalition wrote. “To beat this virus and ensure an inclusive recovery, we the undersigned call upon you to invest in our states, counties, cities, and schools without delay.”
Read the entire letter that was sent to Members of Congress here.