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Ohio lawmakers urge President Trump to approve Gov. DeWine's request for coronavirus disaster declaration

The President's approval would open up a funding resource through FEMA to help aid the state's response

CINCINNATI — Ohio lawmakers wrote President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to accept Governor Mike DeWine's request for a Major Disaster Declaration in the state, as part of the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The declaration would open up funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

In their letter, lawmakers said they support the governor's request, but that action needs to be taken quickly. 

"COVID-19 has created significant and unprecedented challenges for state and local governments, businesses, individuals, and families in Ohio," the delegation wrote in their letter to the President. "The State and local governments do not have the capacity to sufficiently respond to this major disaster, and therefore, additional Federal assistance is necessary to supplement response and recovery efforts.”

President Trump has already approved Major Disaster Declarations in:

  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Washington
  • California
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • Maryland
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Guam
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Georgia
  • Connecticut
  • Oregon
  • Colorado
  •  Alabama

You can read the full letter from the delegation here.

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