Kaptur Announces $541 Million for Cleveland Included in American Rescue Plan
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that $541.41 million in emergency funding will be directed to Cleveland, Ohio as a result of the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package unveiled by President Joe Biden his first day in office. Rep. Kaptur fought for months to secure direct federal aid to localities to strengthen their fight against COVID-19. Direct funding for localities stands in stark contrast to the CARES Act, which filtered emergency money through state legislatures, slowing down the process and injecting partisan state politics into the pandemic response – especially in states such as Ohio, where the state government is controlled by one political party. The American Rescue Plan now goes to President Biden for signature.
“The American Rescue Plan will provide vitally needed support for Northern Ohio families, communities, essential workers, and small businesses,” said Rep. Kaptur. “I fought for the inclusion of direct support to Northern Ohio cities and municipalities like Cleveland. The CARES Act, passed under a Republican Senate and White House, short changed urban areas, often hardest hit by the pandemic, by funneling pandemic relief through state governments, which slowed down distribution and led to unnecessary hardship for hard hit communities. The American Rescue Plan cuts out the state middle-man and will immediately provide vitally needed relief funding to communities. The American Rescue Plan also provides $1,400 stimulus payments to Americans; funding for vaccine distribution; and aid to state and local governments, schools, and businesses. The plan also makes a historic increase to the child tax credit from $2,000 to $3,000 and increases unemployment benefits from $300/week to $400/week.”
The American Rescue Plan will save lives and livelihoods:
- Get Vaccines to People: The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities.
- Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the President’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December. The plan will also provide direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that 18 million American workers can pay their bills and support 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan delivers $170 billion for education and $45 billion for child care providers. This includes a $130 billion investment in K-12 school re-opening and making up for lost time in the classroom, with funds that can be used for such things as reducing class sizes, modifying spaces so that students and teachers can socially distance, improving ventilation, implementing more mitigation measures, providing personal protective equipment and providing summer school or other support for students that help make up lost learning time this year. The plan also provides more than $40 billion for higher education.
- Put People Back In Jobs: The plan will provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more. The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.