Atlanta mayor to U.S. Congress: city needs more federal aid

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a luncheon at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Casey Sykes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a luncheon at the Atlanta Press Club in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Casey Sykes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Friday that Atlanta needed more federal financial aid beyond the $88 million the city is receiving under the CARES act to soften the economic blow from COVID-19.

Bottoms called for the passage of a second stimulus package worth $3 trillion known as the HEROES act. The majority Democrat house has already passed the bill. It is now before the U.S. Senate.

“These are unprecedented times and we need to make bold investments in our working families,” Bottoms told the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. “We need additional support to bolster small businesses and people who are working paycheck to paycheck.”