Ohio attorney general leads push for extension in federal CARES Act funding

Ohio attorney general leads push for extension in federal CARES Act funding
(Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio attorney general is at the front of a coalition of officials from across the country urging Congress to extend the CARES Act funding through the end of 2021.

Currently, more than $2 trillion distributed to states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy Act must be used by Dec. 30, 2020 because of restrictions placed on the funding.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost penned the letter with Iowa Attorney General Tim Miller, which has now been signed by attorneys generals of 43 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

“This time frame likely made sense in late March when the CARES Act was passed, but we have learned a great deal about COVID-19 in the past seven months. Among other things, we know that the pandemic will continue to challenge communities well beyond December 30, 2020 – a deadline that now seems unreasonable.”

“The original need has not gone away, it’s become even more urgent,” Yost said. “Let’s not let the clock run out.”

Attorney General Yost’s office said there are several measures pending with Congress that would allow additional time for CARES Act funding, which would help more communities be more strategic with the use of funds.

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