House Seeks Equal Footing With Lamont Over Some Federal COVID Funds

Screengrab of House vote tally on HB6555 courtesy of CTN
Screengrab of House vote tally on HB6555 courtesy of CTN

The Connecticut House took a unanimous vote Tuesday to require legislative oversight of how Gov. Ned Lamont plans to spend $2.7 billion in federal funding coming to the state under the recently-passed COVID relief bill. 

The bill was approved on a 147 – 0 vote after about 20 minutes of praise from lawmakers in both parties. It requires Lamont to submit a spending plan to the leaders of the legislature’s Democratic majority, who would refer the plan to the Appropriations Committee for approval or modification and ultimately a vote by the General Assembly.

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Click above to vote on HB 6555: AN ACT CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT AND APPROVAL OF COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS

Although much of earlier federal relief funding was dedicated to specific purposes, the governor has managed its allocation and other aspects of state government through increased executive authority under emergency declarations.