Mayors call for $250B in emergency assistance to cities

Mayors call for $250B in emergency assistance to cities
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The United States Conference of Mayors, which represents more than 1,400 cities, is calling on Congress to provide $250 billion in direct, flexible emergency assistance to cities of all sizes in the next coronavirus relief package.

The conference president, Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer (D), and others wrote a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday renewing the call for aid they made in March before Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“From the start, cities have been on the front lines of the fight against this disease, coordinating local responses and devoting significant resources to help keep people safe. At the same time, as economies shut down, cities have experienced a precipitous decline in tax revenue – the full impact of which economists expect to grow. Together, these dynamics have decimated city budgets in cities large and small,” the mayors wrote. 

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The CARES Act gave direct funding to cities and counties with more than half a million residents and about $27 billion from the fund has gone to 154 local governments.

The administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (R-Ky.) will start briefing Republicans on the GOP proposal for the fifth round of coronavirus aid on Tuesday. 

The $3 trillion HEROES Act, which the House passed in May and the Senate has said it will not consider, included $375 billion in funding for local governments.