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4.21.20

Cal Cunningham Statement On Senate Passage Of Latest COVID-19 Aid Package

Cal Says More Aid For Small Towns, Rural Communities Needed

RALEIGH, NC — Following passage of the most recent coronavirus aid package in the Senate, Cal Cunningham released the following statement:

“The aid package passed today is a much needed step toward extending additional relief to more small businesses, including toward getting more relief in the hands of minority-owned businesses. The money for hospitals and testing is also critical, especially as Governor Cooper says our state will need more testing capacity as we seek to reopen down the road.

“We know there’s more work to do — especially for North Carolina’s small towns and rural communities that need to be more of a priority in our federal relief efforts. The federal government must act to ensure that all rural hospitals can access funds, that more small communities are directly eligible for funding, and that more households can access the internet through expanded broadband access. 

“I also remain concerned that this extraordinary level of funding is not receiving the oversight and accountability it requires, which is why I’ve repeatedly called on Thom Tillis to stand up to the Administration and speak out against efforts to undermine checks and balances. Those are my on-going priorities in the coming weeks and I’ll continue to listen to the North Carolinians I’m connecting with each week through phone calls and virtual town hall meetings.” 

As an Army prosecutor, Cal has been adamant about ensuring oversight of the coronavirus relief funds. Cal has continued to be an outspoken advocate for increased investment in North Carolina’s rural communities, especially during coronavirus pandemic. In a recent op-ed in the state’s McClatchy papers, Cunningham emphasized the need for expanded high-speed broadband access in rural communities. He has also repeatedly said that North Carolina should expand Medicaid.

And in response to the Trump Administration shipping nearly 18 tons of PPE and other supplies to China while North Carolina and other states struggled to get the equipment they needed, Cal called for an investigation.

Cal’s campaign is following recommendations of health officials and Gov. Cooper, postponing in-person events and teleworking. Click here for the most up-to-date information about North Carolina’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services or call 866-462-3821.