WASHINGTON (WWSB) - Congressman Vern Buchanan sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for more time to spend the money provided by the United States Congress for coronavirus relief.
“As you know, under the CARES Act passed in March, Congress provided $150 billion in financial assistance for state and local governments reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. This funding has served as a critical lifeline to my district and countless others across the country which have been severely impacted by growing COVID-19 caseloads, rising costs, and significant revenue losses,” Buchanan writes.
Buchanan says with the current deadline, local governments are required to spend the money in the CARES Act by Dec. 30, 2020 or they will have to return all of the funds to the federal government. Buchanan says Manatee County will lose as much as $30 million.
“While they have worked responsibly to use these funds since they first became available to them in July, Manatee County, located in my Congressional district, is extremely concerned about their ability to exhaust all of the funding by year’s end,” Buchanan writes.