Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) for a National Capital Region press call to highlight key priorities for the next federal COVID-19 response package.
During the call, Congressman Sarbanes underscored the urgent need to support state and local governments, which are fighting the virus on the frontlines and facing significant budgetary shortfalls and they work to keep American communities safe and deliver essential services to the American people.
“Arguably the most effective part of [the COVID-19] response has come from state and local governments,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “They are the ones that stepped in at the critical moment, in those initial days, to try to help us respond to this storm coming at us – as a public health crisis and economic disruption.”
Sarbanes continued: “The expertise that we’ve accumulated so far in this crisis largely resides with public employees at the state and local level. That’s where it is and if we value that and want to have continued access to that expertise moving forward, we need to keep state and local government strong.”
Sarbanes concluded: “We just don’t get to the other side of this health and economic crisis without state and local government having the resources they need. It can’t happen. They’ve got to have to the tools, they’ve got to have the dollars, they’ve got to have the resources and that’s what we need to ensure in the next round of federal relief. That’s what we’re all fighting for on this call and we hope that’s what we’ll be able to deliver.”