Rep. Ben Ray Luján said he’s disappointed that funding for small communities struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic was not included in the last coronavirus aid package that provided additional relief for small businesses and the health care industry.
Under the CARES Act, cities with populations under 500,000 could not apply directly for money set aside for state and local governments to cover COVID-19 costs. In New Mexico, only Albuquerque can apply on its own.
Luján and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., have sponsored legislation that would provide $250 billion in stabilization funding across the country for smaller communities.
“We must do more to support local and state governments that are incurring significant costs responding to this pandemic,” Luján said.