U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st dist.) joined a group of lawmakers seeking assistance for local media companies facing challenges brought on due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitzpatrick signed on to a letter asking the Trump administration to direct advertisement funds for federal programs to local media outlets. Additionally, the letter asks the administration to accelerate marketing campaigns with local media and incentivize businesses to advertise in local media.

“Due to the current state of our economy, many businesses have closed their doors temporarily or permanently, and there has been a decrease in advertising. Since advertising dollars make up a large portion of income for local outlets, they have been given difficult choices. Many news outlets have been forced to cut pay, let go staff and shut down,” Fitzpatrick said. “In our community, local media outlets provide news that we care about, and they need our help to stay afloat and keep providing up-to-date information and news during this uncertain time.”