Congressman Fred Keller, PA GOP Congressmen ask Gov. Wolf how Pennsylvania plans to spend federal Coronavirus funding

April 24, 2020
Press Release
Advocates for funding for rural communities

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) led a letter with seven other members of Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressional Delegation asking Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf how he plans to spend roughly $3.9 billion in federal funding given to Pennsylvania through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act.


The letter—which in addition to Congressman Keller was signed by Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson, Congressman Mike Kelly, Congressman Scott Perry, Congressman Lloyd Smucker, Congressman John Joyce, Congressman Dan Meuser, and Congressman Guy Reschenthaler—also asks Governor Wolf to prioritize funding for rural counties and municipalities.


“As your office employs CARES Act funding to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, we ask that you give full and fair consideration to every Pennsylvanian, including those in rural communities which lack the resources and health care capacity of other areas of Pennsylvania,” the letter states in part.


The $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund was created under the CARES Act to give relief to states and local governments for unexpected expenditures incurred directly as a result of COVID-19. Of the fund’s $150 billion, Pennsylvania’s received just under $5 billion. According to the fund’s requirements, Pennsylvania’s seven most populous counties were able to apply directly to the U.S. Treasury for just over $1 billion of Pennsylvania’s share. The remaining funds, totaling close to $3.9 billion, are left to the Commonwealth to be used according to specific requirements outlined in the CARES Act for unexpected expenses incurred directly as a result of COVID-19.


The approximately $3.9 billion went to the Pennsylvania Treasury late this week.


The letter asks what COVID-19-related costs Governor Wolf plans to cover with the CARES Act funds and if the Governor’s office will make available an application process for local governments to apply directly to the Commonwealth for the funding.


“Pennsylvanians must first have a clear answer to these questions and understand how the Commonwealth will disburse the $3.9 billion in CARES Act funding before their representatives engage in further spending discussions,” the letter states.


You can read the letter in full HERE.