The Greater Washington Board of Trade has sent out a release that states that the “historic $2 trillion economic relief bill passed in the Senate early Thursday morning is expected to pass the House and be swiftly signed into law by the President. This legislation is a strong demonstration of Congress’s willingness to meet the extreme economic and business impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately, the bill does not provide adequate or appropriate funding for Washington, D.C. The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington region’s oldest business organization, calls on Congress to ensure the District of Columbia has the resources needed to address growing economic and business challenges.”
Following is a statement from Jack McDougle, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade:
“We applaud members of Congress for taking bold, swift action to address the economic fallout from COVID-19. Yet, we were very concerned to learn the bill applied the wrong funding formula to Washington, D.C., shorting the nation’s capital by a staggering $725 million. This mistake doesn’t just jeopardize Federal government operations, it jeopardizes a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, restaurants, artists, families, hospitals, businesses of all sizes, workers, nonprofits, and so much more.
“This can’t stand and Congress must resolve to provide D.C. with the means to alleviate current hardships and accelerate its economic comeback.”

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