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Mucarsel-Powell Renews Calls To Expand COVID-19 Emergency Aid Directly To Smaller Cities And Counties

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Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Congressional Coronavirus Task Force, renewed calls for direct federal coronavirus emergency funding for small cities and municipalities. In May, Mucarsel-Powell and seven local mayors sent a bipartisan letter requesting that congressional leadership support allowing cities and counties with populations under 500,000 to apply directly for federal emergency coronavirus funding. Mucarsel-Powell successfully fought to include this funding in the HEROES Act.

"In May, I sent a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership asking to make smaller cities and counties eligible to apply and directly receive federal emergency aid to address the budget shortfalls and costs of COVID-19 response efforts," said Mucarsel-Powell. "Making smaller cities and municipalities eligible for direct assistance would prevent any unnecessary delays or squabbles between municipalities and would ensure that individuals, families and essential frontline city and county workers receive this much needed assistance the soonest possible. Under the Heroes Act, the cities and municipalities in my district would get nearly $1.6 billion. I've heard from my constituents and they overwhelmingly support this direct aid. I urge the Senate to pass the Heroes Act immediately to get this funding to my community."

Mucarsel-Powell conducted a survey in which 2,808 constituents responded and 80% said they agree that the federal government should provide relief for small cities and municipalities facing budget shortfalls due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Under the Heroes Act, estimates show that over the next two years, the state of Florida would get $34 billion, and towns and cities in FL-26 would get nearly $1.6 billion.