Congresswoman Beatty Cosponsors Bill Directing $250 Billion to Local Communities Combating the Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a conference call with municipality mayors in Ohio’s Third Congressional District earlier this week, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) cosponsored the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, H.R. 6467, a bill that would authorize $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities and cities across the United States that are facing soaring economic and societal costs because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
During Beatty’s Municipality Mayors Coronavirus Conference Call on April 6th, several elected officials highlighted the fact that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, H.R. 748, provides stabilization funds for States and larger communities, but limits localities qualifying for direct support to those with populations of more than 500,000. As a result, large metropolitan areas like Franklin County, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio are excluded from receiving stabilization funds.
“Cities and townships across Ohio’s Third Congressional District—wholly contained in Franklin County—are struggling with the impacts of this public health crisis,” Beatty said. “That includes funding and maintaining emergency operations, public awareness and outreach, and much more, all while facing a depleted income tax revenue base required to financially sustain these critical services.” Beatty continued, “I urge my Democratic and Republican colleagues to support this important piece of legislation because the coronavirus is affecting all of us—whether we live in small towns, large metropolitan areas, or anywhere in between.”
In addition to speaking with municipality mayors, Beatty is hosting a series of COVID-19 response calls. Upcoming calls include healthcare professionals and workers, small businesses, communities of faith, housing organizations, and nonprofits. Beatty also convened a stakeholders’ call on March 13th and a telephone town hall with constituents on March 27th.
The Coronavirus Community Relief Act was introduced by U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02) and has more than 70 cosponsors. Beatty previously joined other members of Congress to request that Speaker Pelosi remove the 500,000 population threshold and include additional funds for cities and towns in any future coronavirus rescue package.