As the nation's capital was shutting down to help mitigate the COVID-19 virus, NCSL's staff ramped up advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., to ensure states had the federal resources needed to battle the pandemic.
The unprecedented public health emergency posed a behemoth challenge to states, requiring NCSL to leverage relationships at the federal and legislative levels and with coalition partners. Even as staff adapted to a "tele-advocacy" environment, they produced a flurry of forms, including letters to Congress and the Trump administration, Big Seven coalition statements of position and virtual meetings with congressional members and staff--all with the goal of securing flexible, direct resources to states on the front lines of the pandemic.
NCSL successfully helped to secure funding for states in both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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