Portman Discusses Coronavirus Response with Ohio’s Mayors

April 7, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a conference call with mayors from across Ohio to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus health crisis and its economic impact. This is the latest in a series of conference calls Portman is hosting with outside stakeholders, such as employers, hospitals and health care providers, small business owners, workers and more.  

“Cities across Ohio are feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as unemployment has skyrocketed and tax revenue has declined. The CARES Act rescue package included an unprecedented $150 billion to help state and local governments, with Ohio due to receive around $4.5 billion. It also expanded unemployment insurance to provide federal reimbursement for local government employees who have been furloughed, provided support to individuals and families through direct payments from the IRS, and is helping small businesses in our communities through the Paycheck Protection Program, which is providing forgivable loans for small businesses to cover payroll and rent. 

“Today’s call was constructive and I appreciated the opportunity to listen to the insights of Ohio’s mayors.  I will share their concerns with my colleagues as we continue to work to ensure that individuals, families, and local governments can stay afloat during this public health emergency so we can get our economy back to full strength as soon as the crisis subsides,” said Portman. 

NOTE: Portman supported the Senate passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Portman was involved in the bipartisan task force negotiations that led to this legislation and delivered remarks on the Senate floor various times urging the Senate to come together on a bipartisan basis to get this important rescue package passed.