Shaheen Hosts COVID-19 Conference Call with Granite State Mayors & Town ManagersMay 13, 2020
To listen to the audio of the call, click here or on the image.
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a conference call with Granite State mayors and town managers representing communities throughout New Hampshire to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Granite State communities. The conference call continued Shaheen’s telework efforts to communicate with leaders all across the State who are responding to this public health emergency, including small businesses owners, health care providers and non-profit service organizations and charities.
The audio of the call can be heard here.
“New Hampshire’s mayors and town managers have done a tremendous job leading their communities, working tirelessly under extraordinary circumstances to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate the impact this disease has had on residents. However, as they made clear to me during this call: their communities need help and they need it now,” said Shaheen. “As a result of this public health emergency, New Hampshire communities face severe funding gaps that jeopardize their ability to provide essential services to their residents, such as first responders and schooling. The federal government has a responsibility to help state and local governments during such an unprecedented emergency, and I’ll be using the feedback I received today to fight for the resources and support they need to stay afloat and continue serving their residents.”
Shaheen has led efforts in the Senate to provide urgently needed relief to states and local governments to mitigate the financial impact of the public health emergency. By standing firm during CARES Act negotiations, Shaheen helped secure $150 billion for state and local COVID-19 relief, of which New Hampshire received $1.25 billion that is now being allocated. Shaheen has called for state and local governments to receive flexible, dedicated funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. Senator Shaheen has also pushed the Federal Reserve to fix arbitrary rules that block city, county governments from receiving direct COVID-19 relief.
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