Kaptur Statement After Trump Administration Rejects Request for Direct Coronavirus Relief Funding to Toledo Metropolitan Area
Toledo, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration rejected the certification of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments’ (TMACOG) request for direct federal funding from the Department of the Treasury through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Trump Administration conveyed its decision in a letter from the Department of Treasury to Rep. Kaptur and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The Treasury letter is available here.
Toledo is without direct access to relief funding enacted by the CARES Act, because it falls short of the 500,000 benchmark under the Act’s formula. TMACOG petitioned to be the governmental entity to receive funding as it represents jurisdictions totaling more than 800,000 people, including residents of Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, and Fulton counties in Ohio. On April 20, Rep. Kaptur and Senator Brown sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging the certification of TMACOG’s request. The request received broad bipartisan support from local leaders and a favorable editorial by the Toledo Blade Editorial Board. Without more federal assistance as local revenues plummet, state and local governments are being forced to decide which frontline workers to furlough or what essential government services must be trimmed.
“The Trump Administration’s back of the hand rejection of TMACOG’s request is offensive, especially after the President used the area to kick off his reelection campaign earlier this year,” said Rep. Kaptur. “It tells me he didn’t see the struggles we face in Ohio during his drop-in political appearance. The Toledo area lacks direct federal access to relief mechanisms enacted by the CARES Act. Approval by the Department of Treasury would have ensured a fair and equitable allocation of relief funds getting to Northwest Ohio communities in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, and Fulton Counties. Toledo and surrounding communities will not receive direct assistance from the federal government through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and thus are faced with a decision to raise taxes or cut funding for emergency personnel. After his campaign drop-in, the President and his Treasury Department had the perfect set-up to really do something for Ohio. It was a slow pitch from the Heartland right to them, yet they whiffed.”
“I will continue to fight tooth and nail in Congress to ensure Toledo and every other community in Northern Ohio receives the federal coronavirus funding they need and deserve. That is why I voted in favor of the HEROES Act, which includes significant and direct assistance to communities of all sizes. I urge my colleagues in the Senate, including Ohio Senator Rob Portman, to demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately allow a vote on this important legislation before more damage is done.”