U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and 19th District Congressman Antonio Delgado are urging Congressional leaders to include robust funding for rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package. The two lawmakers say rural communities often operate on very thin margins and the coronavirus has caused a loss of resources as they continue to operate with diminished sales tax returns, an abandoned tourism industry, and closures across nearly all retail sectors.

Gillibrand states, " The push is based on framework from their Rebuild Rural America Act which would establish a dedicated stream of federal funding for rural communities and provide guaranteed, multi-year, flexible block grants to support regional economic growth. Minority Leader Schumer has proposed this framework to provide at least $50 billion in direct relief to small towns and rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package."

To find out more visit www.gillibrand.senate.gov.