Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Our region’s congressional representatives are discussing key provisions of the American Rescue Plan – the latest COVID relief bill that’s expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week.

U.S Rep. Richard Neal
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   Another massive COVID relief package is expected to be approved in the U.S. House this week. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, the Springfield Democrat who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, held a news conference to discuss the proposal.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Capital Region municipal leaders continue to warn of looming cuts after the latest federal COVID relief package left out direct aid to states and localities.

A white man in a white shirt and khakis stands behind a podium in a park in front of a large campaign bus and a woman in a dress
Josh Landes / WAMC

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey says additional federal coronavirus relief funding is needed for the state and cities.

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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission announced two new grant programs today that will bring over $1.6 million dollars in CARES Act funding to county small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Community and Economic Development Program Manager Patricia Mullins says the grants are targeted at low- to moderate-income business owners. Mullins spoke with WAMC.

Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) buses
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New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman say emergency federal funding they helped secure in a COVID-19 relief bill will help keep a county’s transit system in operation.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature adjourned on June 26th and plans to return at the end of August.  The leader of the Senate and its finance committee chairs recently discussed the Legislature’s distribution of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the state, and the work to be completed when they return.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Small business owners in Pittsfield, Massachusetts can now apply for federal stimulus funding through a city grant program. 

Great Lakes
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The CARES Act passed by Congress in March effectively postponed federal student loan payments through September in light of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic — but some borrowers say their credit scores have taken a hit as a result. 

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Through the recently signed CARES Act, Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received almost $790,000 from the federal government in COVID-19 relief funds. Tuesday night, the city council approved Mayor Linda Tyer’s plan for how to distribute that money to city residents and business owners. WAMC spoke to Tyer about her plan, and how residents can access the funds.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Antonio Delgado are urging Congress to include funding for rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package. They say the bureaucratic maze to apply for grants leaves these communities struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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What comes after the CARES Act?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded April 14.

Congressman Richard Neal
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What will the $2.2 trillion CARES Act mean for Americans?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded April 9.

Two Hudson Valley Reps Assess Coronavirus Aid Package

Mar 27, 2020
Washington DC
James DeMers

President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Just hours after the House passed the legislation Friday, two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley said the largest relief package in the country’s history was a necessity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.