Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
Nambé, N.M. – Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, held a virtual roundtable with local leaders, mayors, and fire chiefs from the Third Congressional District to discuss the urgent need for local government relief in future COVID-19 legislation.
Congressman Luján convened the roundtable to answer questions and hear directly from local government leaders on available relief, future COVID-19 relief legislation, and the need for robust financial support for local, state, and Tribal governments. This week, Congressman Luján participated in a bipartisan forum on the Coronavirus Community Relief Act that he introduced to provide $250 billion in direct relief to local governments.
Last week, Congressman Luján held two virtual roundtables with community lenders, credit unions, and community banks to discuss additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and how best to support New Mexico’s small business ahead of the Small Business Administration accepting new PPP applications.
“As New Mexicans practice social distancing to stay safe and healthy, these virtual roundtables are a critical resource to collaborate with government leaders and learn more about the needs of our communities. I was grateful to the fire chiefs, mayors, and local leaders for participating in this roundtable and sharing with me how they are responding to this crisis. These leaders have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with urgency – and it’s crucial that Congress does the same,” said Luján. “As the House negotiates additional relief legislation, I will continue working alongside these leaders to deliver results and advocate for New Mexico priorities.”