Burns votes to speed $2.6B in federal aid to communities

Funding package includes $225 million for small businesses

HARRISBURG, May 28 – On Thursday state Rep. Frank Burns voted to speed federal coronavirus aid to Pennsylvania’s hardest hit communities as part of a $2.6 billion bipartisan coronavirus response.

The aid package – funded entirely through emergency federal funding sent to the state – includes $225 million for small businesses, $150 million for schools, and more than $600 million for seniors, who have been among the groups hardest hit by the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.

"As we emerge from under the cloud of the coronavirus and begin to reopen our state, it is critical that we move this funding into place to help our businesses, seniors and schools recover from the devastating impact this virus has had on our communities,” Burns said. “I'll continue to make sure the people of Cambria County to get the resources they need."

More information on the relief plan can be found here. The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.