Florida congressional Democrats urge Ron DeSantis to release CARES Act money

Rep. Democratic Rep. Darren Soto is leading a letter signed by eight of Florida’s Democratic members of Congress urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to release the rest of the federal COVID-19 relief money to counties and cities before it’s too late.

The letter from Soto and other members of the House of Representatives points out that Florida has until the end of the year to spend the remainder of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund money authorized to help cities and counties hit hard by lost tax revenues and increased expenses due to the coronavirus crisis. The counties and cities also can provide the money to help local businesses and nonprofit groups.

“The CRF funding was meant to be a vital lifeline for maintaining uninterrupted operation of local government and services during this pandemic,” Soto and the other members wrote.

They argue that the cities and counties cannot wait until the last days to use the money.

“Local governments must pay for incurred and mounting COVID-19 related expenditures, as well as establish programs to distribute CARES Act money to businesses and nonprofits in their municipal boundaries,” they wrote. “Accordingly, we ask that you consider immediately release all remaining CRF resources to all

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