Mayor Vinis signs letter asking congress to pass COVID-19 relief

Congress is still negotiating a second stimulus package but they have only a few weeks to pass a deal before the holiday recess.

Posted: Dec 6, 2020 7:22 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2020 7:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis co-signed a letter with other mayors on the West Coast, demanding congress to pass a stimulus bill before the end of the year.

The letter outlines three main areas of funding. This includes funding for individual and family assistance, small business, and local government. Mayor Vinis said local governments, like the City of Eugene, are doing their best to support their communities, but i's only the federal government that can create immediate change.

"It's only the federal government that prints money," Vinis said. "The rest of us have to balance budgets. So when you look at a crisis like this. You really have to look to the federal government because they have the capacity to respond in an emergency in a way state and local governments do not."

Mayor Vinis said the one thing that she's worried about is the growing homeless crisis and the risk of more small businesses closing in the community. 

"I'm very worried about people's housing stability," Vinis said. "We already have a huge homelessness crisis. I'm very concerned about more people losing their housing. I'm worried about more businesses closing. This freeze that we are in. Is really incredibly dangerous for us economically."

Congress is still negotiating a second stimulus package but they have only a few weeks to pass a deal before the holiday recess. President Donald Trump has indicated that whatever bill is passed, he would sign it.

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