Davis urges Congress to act on CARES funding

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, wrote a letter Wednesday to congressional representatives, urging members of Congress to act fast on extending CARES Act funding and to devise a plan-of-action that would provide unemployed workers and businesses with financial assistance during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Davis, Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation chairman for the 2021-22 legislative session, sent his letter in the wake of the ongoing pandemic and the resurgence of novel coronavirus cases statewide.

“While we’re grateful for the initial passage of the CARES Act, I can’t stress enough how important it is that we provide residents and businesses with continued financial assistance as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” Davis said. “The stories I’ve been told by residents in my district about the financial turmoil their families and businesses face are unprecedented. We need action, and fast. The livelihood of our residents and businesses depend on it.”

CARES Act funding and its related programs, such as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and small business grants expire Dec. 30.

A copy of Davis’ letter can be found here.