Congress Prepares for Debate Over State, Local Aid

Governors and local officials ask for funding.

The $3 trillion in coronavirus relief passed by Congress was done in a rare run of a bipartisan spirit that now appears to be over. Congress is girding up for a new battle over federal assistance to states and local governments dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governors and local officials have sought relief, and some lawmakers have put out the word that they want to provide a sizeable rescue package as part of a broader bill, one that could total at least $2 trillion in coming weeks.

Others, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said that they prefer to let states enter bankruptcy rather than send them cash. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disagrees with that idea.

Opposition to McConnell’s statements on the subject have come from both chambers and both parties, and may have increased the chances that Congress will provide assistance to state and local governments.

On Thursday, Congress completed work on a $484 billion emergency bill allowing more federally-backed loans to small businesses.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congress as they begin discussions on the next relief package and including aid to state and local governments.
  • For state governors and local officials as they meet to adjust budgets and work with declining revenues.
  • For the consideration of infrastructure investment in the coming relief packages.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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