May 5, 2020 – On Monday, May 4, Midland Mayor Maureen Donker and City Manager Brad Kaye testified before a U.S. House of Representatives members’ forum on the Coronavirus Community Relief Act (H.R. 6467), a bipartisan bill that encourages the allocation of federal funding for smaller communities responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
During the virtual meeting, Mayor Donker discussed the fiscal responsibility of Midland and the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 is causing for cities and villages across the nation. She also discussed the benefits of the proposed Coronavirus Community Relief Act and its potential impact on smaller communities. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020, provided direct funding to communities with populations over 500,000.
Mayor Donker spoke before members of Congress Monday afternoon at the request of the National League of Cities (NLC), a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to representing the voice of more than 19,000 cities, towns, and villages throughout the United States. Mayor Donker and the NLC, as well as the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and countless other organizations and municipal leaders, hope that the passage of H.R. 6467 will provide additional direct funding for communities of all sizes.
"Every elected official must be all-in on economic recovery," Mayor Donker said. "Survival is not and should not be the objective for local governments. Local governments want to be in a position to come out of this crisis and help our residents recover and thrive. The Coronavirus Community Relief Act we are discussing today would significantly help alleviate this economic shock by providing direct relief funds to my community and the more than 19,000 other communities across the country who have not received relief and are experiencing the same economic devastation and uncertainty.”
The Coronavirus Community Relief Act is sponsored by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) and has 147 co-sponsors in the House, including eight (8) Michigan representatives. To read H.R. 6467 and follow along with its progress, please visit www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6467.