Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
Nambé, N.M. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, accepted an invitation by Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull, Mayors Caucus Co-chair, to join the New Mexico Municipal League’s Mayors Caucus today for a discussion about the need to pass additional federal assistance for local governments struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was important for me to hear directly from New Mexico’s mayors and local leaders about the impact that COVID-19 is having on their ability to administer programs, provide services, and keep their residents safe and healthy,” said Luján. “Supporting our local governments through this public health crisis is a top priority. That’s why I helped secure nearly $1 trillion dollars in aid to local, state, and Tribal governments in the House-passed Heroes Act, including direct aid for all local governments regardless of size. It’s time for the Senate to take action and give communities across New Mexico the relief they deserve.”
“Seeking the input and support of federal representatives and initiatives is crucial as local leaders explore ways to revitalize and strengthen their post-COVID-19 communities and economies,” said Hull. “I, along with mayors from across New Mexico, appreciate Rep. Luján’s advocacy and efforts to support local governments with revenue replacement.”
Last month, Congressman Luján convened a roundtable of local government leaders, mayors, and fire chiefs from the Third Congressional District to discuss the need for COVID-19 relief for local communities in New Mexico. Luján also held roundtables with community lenders, credit unions, and community banks to discuss additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and how best to support small businesses and workers across New Mexico.