The Hawaii Legal professional Common joins the coalition and calls on Congress to increase the CARES Act past the tip of the yr

Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors has joined a statewide coalition of attorney general in calling on Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act’s funds for another year while the pandemic rages on.

Connors is one of more than 45 attorneys general who signed a letter from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Attorney General of Iowa Tom Miller to Congressional leaders on November 30, asking them to set the deadline for to extend the use of the funds from December 30th this year to at least December 31, 2021.

The letter thanks Congress for the critical relief given to communities and says that COVID-19 “has affected all facets of American society”.

Congress passed the CARES bill in March, which gave more than $ 2 trillion in economic stimulus to state and local governments to help manage the effects of the pandemic. However, one of the restrictions on funding limits the use of the money to expenses incurred between March 1st and December 30th, 2020.

However, with cases rising and a record number of infections, the pandemic will continue to challenge communities well beyond the end of December 30, the Attorney General said, and is a “deadline that now seems inappropriate.”

“The challenges created by this pandemic will continue after December 31st.” said Connors in a press release. “By extending the deadline by one year, local governments can use the funding provided by the federal government to respond more thoughtfully and effectively to the crisis.”

The letter was signed by attorneys general from Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Columbia District, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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