Minnesota Council 5

Minnesota's first responders - including corrections officers, nurses, probation and child protection officers and front-line staff - need to be protected.

St. Cloud, Brainerd, East Metro, and Rochester Regional Meetings are canceled by members in those regions until further notice. 

PLEASE CALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS 

Re: Additional federal funding for state and local governments

Senator (last name) or Representative (last name), 

This is _____ , (title) of AFSCME Local ___,

       Thank you for listening to our members’ concerns and securing $150 billion in funding for state and local governments, to be used for COVID-related expenses and additional assistance for education, child care, and more programs in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Our members deliver critical public services that every Minnesotan can access. 

Im asking for your help again to request additional federal aid as Congress prepares another COVID-related aid package, including:

  • $200 billion more for state and local governments and the flexibility to use these grants and the $150 billion allocated through the CARES Act for necessary public services, including those that are not specific to COVID responses
  • Increase the federal match to Medicaid known as FMAP by no less than 15 percentage points to ensure states can fund rising Medicaid caseloads without diverting resources from other critical services.
  • Protect workers on the front lines by: 1) passing into federal law an emergency infectious disease standard so front-line workers in all states are covered, and 2) getting all workers critical personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies (wipes, bleach, etc.) to be safe 
  • We also encourage you to direct the President to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to accelerate the production of necessary PPE. 
  • Additional funding for the education state stabilization fund, child care, and other needs including infrastructure.

We ask you to support these appropriations to maintain and strengthen our shared values. Thank you. 

Contact Information for the Minnesota Congressional Delegation

US Senator Amy Klobuchar (202) 224-3244

US Senator Tina Smith (202) 224-5641

US Representative Jim Hagedorn, 1st Congressional District (202) 225-2472

US Representative Angie Craig, 2nd Congressional District (202) 225-2271

US Representative Dean Phillips, 3rd Congressional District (202) 225-2871

US Representative Betty McCollum, 4th Congressional District (202) 225-6631

US Representative Ilhan Omar, 5th Congressional District (202) 225-4755

US Representative Tom Emmer, 6th Congressional District (202) 225-2331

US Representative Collin Peterson, 7th Congressional District (202) 225-2165

US Representative Pete Stauber, 8th Congressional District (202) 225-6211

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