|WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 1, 2021 – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced they joined eleven of their colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership expressing strong support for additional funds for state, local, and Tribal governments in the next COVID relief package. In the letter, the Senators list a number of challenges that state, local, and Tribal governments still face, including overburdened unemployment systems with antiquated equipment, challenges for schools in implementing remote and hybrid learning models, and lost revenues that directly impact the delivery of essential services. The letter also requests that all states receive a fair allocation so that small states are not left behind.
“Congress acted swiftly, and with bipartisan resolve, in March 2020 to deliver needed relief to states through the establishment of the Coronavirus Relief Fund. With those dollars, states have been able to support local businesses; invest in remote and hybrid learning models in elementary and secondary education; support institutes of higher education; and invest in the crucial personal protective equipment and other resources needed to protect frontline workers, both in and out of the healthcare industry. Many of these states, including many of ours, have exhausted these resources. Yet, the need remains, and, indeed, has grown,” wrote the Senators.
“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,” concluded the Senators.