May 19, 2020

Congressman Neguse Applauds Local Disbursement of CARES Act Funds, Calls for Passage of the Heroes Act

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse issued a statement in response to an earlier announcement from Governor Jared Polis that he will distribute $275 million of Colorado’s CARES Act funding to local governments across the state. Congressman Neguse has been a national leader in the legislative push for stabilization funds for smaller and rural communities through his introduction of the bipartisan Coronavirus Community Relief Act, and was one of the first lawmakers in the country to call for a legislative fix to the CARES Act to ensure communities with less than 500,000 in population could access Federal funds. 

“Communities in the 2nd district and across Colorado are hurting from the economic impacts and public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to ramp up emergency response operations and provide other critical services to residents amidst massive budget shortfalls, have left towns and counties with extremely tough decisions. I am grateful for Governor Polis’s efforts to provide funding to localities throughout our state and ensure resources authorized through the CARES Act are distributed to smaller cities and counties.” 

“While these funds are critical, we already know they will not be enough to help our local communities weather this crisis. It is vital that the Senate take up the Heroes Act, passed by the House on Friday, which includes the $375 billion in direct local stabilization funds that my office has been fighting for during the last two months, which would equip each of our communities; ensure first responders, front line health care workers, and so many other essential personnel can continue to protect our communities; and that every Coloradan from rural, to suburban to urban parts of our state can access essential resources.”