WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced his co-sponsorship of the  Coronavirus Community Relief Act, which will provide smaller communities and cities in the United States with direct access to resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, which was introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), will provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities.

The Coronavirus Community Relief Act would provide important direct support for smaller towns and cities, including many in my district,” Rep. Ted Lieu said. “The CARES Act provided nearly $340 billion to states, and the states would then distribute funds to cities. For cities with a population of over 500,000, they could get direct access to the federal funds instead of requesting funds from the state. Our bill will give smaller cities that same access. Localities know how to best address their communities’ needs during this crisis and it’s important for the federal government to support those efforts directly. I’m pleased to join my colleague Congressman Joe Neguse to ensure that all communities on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight have direct federal support for their response efforts.”