Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Requests Additional Federal Support for Virginia Workers, Economy

In letter to Virginia’s congressional delegation, Governor outlines requests for new federal stimulus package

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today sent a letter to the Virginia congressional delegation thanking them for their ongoing partnership and outlining additional requests for federal support in response to COVID-19.

“I am deeply grateful to our congressional delegation for their help in bringing much-needed federal support to Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “Additional funding for these programs will make a tremendous difference as we combat this public health emergency, address the economic fallout, and prepare for economic recovery.”

The Governor’s letter outlines six key areas of needed investment: (1) additional flexible state funding; (2) investments in public health infrastructure; (3) support for Virginia’s families, including an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and relief for renters, home-owners, and those experiencing homelessness; (4) support for Virginia’s workers, including expansion of unemployment benefits, health insurance, and hazard pay; (5) small business relief, including a federal recovery loan fund and expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program; and (6) infrastructure investment, including funding to achieve universal broadband.

The full text of the Governor’s letter is available here.

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