WASHINGTON – The National Association of Counties (NACo) today reaffirmed its support of the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds legislation, part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, now includes $60.1 billion in critical aid that will go directly to every county in America.
NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase issued the following statement:
As the U.S. Senate debates this legislation, we strongly urge them to remember our frontline heroes and maintain the essential relief to local governments in the final bill. This aid is critical to strengthening our ability to serve our most vulnerable residents – our sick, unemployed, elderly and youth.
“With direct aid to every county in America, we can now strengthen our communities by investing in small businesses and nonprofits, vaccine distribution, public health and safety, human services, especially for those suffering from domestic violence, mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and much-needed infrastructure, including essential access to broadband.
“Counties have struggled throughout the pandemic to marshal enough resources to serve our residents, support our frontline heroes and rebuild our communities for the future. We urge our federal partners to stand with us and deliver direct relief to all counties.”