Black Mayors Commend New HEROES Act For Offering Needed Funding

Published on September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a new version of the HEROES Act. The legislation would provide $179 billion to cities and counties. 
 
Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- president of the African American Mayors Association -- issued the following statement:
 
“Cities across the country -- particularly those with large communities of color -- are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no way around it: Our cities need additional funding to ensure Americans can meet their basic needs. The HEROES Act would provide that critical support and guarantee that cities with less than 500,000 people have access to direct funding requests.”
 
“This legislation would also mandate additional reporting of race and ethnicity COVID-19 data to Congress. This effort is paramount as, right now, the federal government is missing race/ethnicity data for approximately half of our nation’s COVID cases. This lack of data prevents us from understanding the full impacts of the disease on communities of color and dashes our hopes of developing an equitable response.”
 
“We hope lawmakers push this legislation through speedily. Our communities urgently need it.”
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