Soto Calls on DeSantis to Release Final CARES Acts Funds to Counties, Cities, Towns

November 13, 2020
Press Release

KISSIMMEE, FL - Today, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) led Members of the Florida Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis requesting he immediately release the remaining CARES Act federal dollars in the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to all Florida counties, cities and towns. The State of Florida is currently holding millions in CARES Act funds which should be transferred to counties and cities with under 500,000 residents.

In September, Osceola County reported it was waiting on $50 million in CRF. After Congressman Soto sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, a portion of the federal funds were released. 

“The CRF funding was meant to be a vital lifeline for maintaining uninterrupted operation of local government and services during this global pandemic,” wrote the Members. “We ask that you consider immediately release all remaining CRF resources to all Florida counties, cities, towns. We further request that you provide us with status updates and share your disbursement plan with us so we can continue to keep our constituents informed.”

Under the CARES Act, 13 of Florida’s jurisdictions have been able to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Treasury for CRF funds. The vast majority of Florida’s 67 counties, cities and towns are relying on the State of Florida to immediately release the remaining CRF funding. All CARES Act funding must be spent by December 31, 2020.

The letter was signed by Reps. Alcee L. Hastings, Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Val B. Demings, Theodore E. Deutch, Stephanie N. Murphy and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The letter can be read here