Underwood, Craig Introduce the All Dependent Children Count Act To Cover Dependents Up to Age 24

April 7, 2020
Press Release
The bipartisan legislation updates the CARES Act to be reflective and supportive of Illinois families

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Angie Craig (MN-02) introduced the bipartisan All Dependent Children Count Act (H.R.6420). The legislation builds upon the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be reflective and supportive of the needs of Illinois families. The legislation expands the definition of a dependent for the Recovery Rebates for Individuals sections of the CARES Act to include: children younger than 19, students 24 and younger, and no age limit for dependents who are disabled. The legislation is supported by 85 additional bipartisan Members of Congress.

“Families across northern Illinois are being hit hard by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, so as Congress considers future coronavirus relief packages, we must work to ensure they are reflective of the needs of American families,” said Underwood. “The All Dependent Children Count Act fills existing gaps in CARES Act to expand financial support dependents over 17, students up to age 24, and disabled dependents who also need support during this crisis. I’m thankful for the leadership of Rep. Craig for leading this legislation and urge Congress to pass this bill as quickly as possible.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Underwood has continuously worked to ensure Illinois communities and families are receiving the resources they need to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This week, Underwood led a letter with 17 freshman Democratic members advocating for the inclusion of their legislative solutions to make health care more affordable in the next Congressional coronavirus relief package. Last week, Underwood led her first letter to the President with members of the Illinois delegation urging the Administration to immediately implement a federally coordinated effort to meet Illinois’ need for personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, Underwood has supported each of the Congressional coronavirus relief packages, including the CARES Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.