Kaptur Statement After Trump Administration Rejects Request for Direct Coronavirus Relief Funding to Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

May 22, 2020
Press Release

Cleveland, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration rejected the certification of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) 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 Representatives Kaptur, Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The Treasury letter is available here.


The counties represented by NOACA, with the exception of Cuyahoga County, lack direct access to relief mechanisms enacted by the CARES Act. These counties include Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, and Medina County. On April 22, Representatives Kaptur, Gonzalez, Joyce and Senator Brown sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging the certification of NOACA’s request. 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 rejection of NOACA’s request is outrageous and a betrayal of the working families in our region,” said Rep. Kaptur. “It tells me he has not seen the struggles Northern Ohioans face during his drop-in political appearance in our state. The City of Cleveland 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 communities across the Cleveland metropolitan area. Cleveland 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.”


“I will continue to fight tooth and nail in Congress to ensure Cleveland 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.”