COVID-19 Action Alert – Urge Congress to Provide Direct Federal Fiscal Relief for Counties!
July 30, 2020
On Monday, Senate Republican leaders released their long-awaited proposal for a fifth round of coronavirus relief. The legislation, which represents a counteroffer to the House-passed HEROES Act (HR 6800), does NOT include federal financial support for state and local governments to address the ongoing public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
County officials are encouraged to contact their Member of Congress TODAY to urge them to support the inclusion of robust direct federal financial support to all counties in the next COVID-19 relief package. Call and text your Member of Congress today. Below are key talking points:
- Counties are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, working tirelessly to reduce the number of cases and deaths in our state.
- County revenues have been decimated at the same time that counties are experiencing skyrocketing emergency costs due to the public health crisis.
- Additional direct relief to all California counties is needed in order to preserve the local safety net and mitigate the unprecedented spike in demands for the essential local services that hold communities together.
- Without additional support, there will be dire consequences including employee layoffs and cuts to safety net services.
- Please support the inclusion of robust and flexible funding to all counties in the next COVID-19 relief package.
CSAC distributed letters highlighting the need for direct county relief to Senators Feinstein and Harris, as well as the California Congressional delegation. The letter also requests additional flexibility on the use of Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars from the CARES Act and calls for additional federal investments in public health, nutrition, Medi-Cal, foster care, and housing and homelessness programs. Please consider using this letter as a template for a county letter to your Members of Congress and inserting key details from the response, recovery, and budget impacts in your county.