California governor Gavin Newsom is calling upon the federal government to fulfill their “moral and ethical obligation” and grant states vital coronavirus crisis funding in the face of decimated municipal budgets, reports The Hill.

“It’s a social responsibility at a time when states large and small [are] facing unprecedented budgetary stress. It is incumbent upon the federal government to support the states through this difficult time,” Newsom told CNN.

Defying the partisan political bickering which has tainted the HEROES Act, which would provide state funding and was recently passed in the House, but declared DOA in the senate, Newsom added “This is not a red issue or a blue issue. This is impacting every state in America.”

Read more about how federal funding will help California and other states meet the needs of municipal workers during the coronavirus pandemic.