The White House, Washington
Today, over 340 American Mayors made a plea to the United States Congress to pass the American Recovery Plan to assist them in providing for and protecting their communities that have been hit hard and desperately need support from the federal government. From testing shortages to small business closures and navigating a virtual education system for our youngest - mayors have been at the forefront of this battle and have seen firsthand how this pandemic has hit some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
“We’ve been sounding the alarm for months that big cities and small towns everywhere are struggling as a direct consequence of this pandemic,” said USCM President and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “President Biden understands that cities are the key to our nation’s economic recovery, and that without direct fiscal assistance, we’ll drag, not drive the economy for years to come. Congress must follow President Biden’s lead and give cities the assistance they need to defeat the virus and build a sound foundation for recovery.”
“It is not true that this is a big city or a blue state problem,” said Arlington (TX) Mayor Jeff Williams. “That’s nonsense. I can tell you there are Republican mayors just like me who are in immediate need of fiscal relief. I can tell you there are cities all across Texas, big and small, that are all facing the same crunch…Just as no small business could have foreseen what would have happened, no city could have planned for a crisis of this scale.”
“Our budgets are under extreme stress … our expenses are skyrocketing … our essential life-saving services are through the roof,” said USCM Vice President and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. “President Biden has put forth an aggressive plan to contain the virus and rebuild our economy. We are so looking forward to partnering with his administration to do just that, but we can’t do the partnership without help now. This is it. This is the moment. Cities are the backbone of the American economy, and if we want to build back better, we cannot let what’s left of the foundation crumble.”
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