Federal Advocacy: COVID Pandemic Direct Funding

In January President Biden introduced a COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan, hoping to receive bipartisan support for the $1.9 trillion proposal. This proposal includes $350 billion for state, local and tribal government relief. In early February, citing no time to waste, the Senate Democrats decided to move forward with the President’s COVID package by introducing a budget resolution through the reconciliation process as bipartisan talks did not yield a breakthrough. As of now, state and local aid is included in the directives the Congressional Democrats are moving through the reconciliation process. The House of Representatives plans to have a COVID relief bill passed before the end of February.


February 12

  • The House Committee on Oversight and Reform passed legislation including $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments out of committee on a 23-18 vote (press release)
  • Next Step: This bill, along with the other reconciliation legislation, will go to the House Committee on the Budget to be compiled into a single bill

February 22

  • The House Committee on the Budget held a mark up for the entire American Rescue Plan on February 22 at 1:00 PM
    • The reconciliation bill was passed out of committee and now awaits final passage by the full House before going to the Senate
    • You can watch the recording of the committee mark up here

February 27

  • In the early morning hours of February 27, the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan, in a 219-212 vote
    • Two Democrats, Representatives Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Jared Golden (ME-2) voted no
    • The $350 billion dollars for state, local and tribal governments was included in the passed legislation
  • The legislation will now go to the Senate

Take Action

We cannot let another federal legislative package reach the President’s desk without providing aid directly to cities, towns, townships and boroughs, where it will make the greatest difference for America’s recovery.

Please reach out to your members of the Pa Congressional Delegation to tell them that  direct aid to all local governments MUST be part of this emergency assistance package. The future of America’s 19,000 hometowns depends on it.


Click here to see media coverage of the August 11, 2020 Press Conference

August 11, 2020 Press Conference Recording