Underwood Pushes for Future Coronavirus Relief Packages to Include Direct Funding for Small Localities

April 13, 2020
Press Release
Additional funding would help cities and towns across the 14th District and DeKalb and McHenry Counties which are currently not eligible for direct funding for the Coronavirus Relief Fund in CARES Act

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) joined Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-03), in a bipartisan letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushing for additional direct funding to small localities and cities in future coronavirus relief packages. Currently under the CARES Act, localities with populations under 500,000 are not eligible to receive direct resources from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The funding Underwood is advocating for would help several communities across northern Illinois including, DeKalb County, McHenry County, Plainfield, Crystal Lake, and St. Charles. Underwood is currently working with directly with small localities not eligible for direct payments the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

“Like many larger cities across the country, small counties, cities, and towns in northern Illinois are facing enormous costs to fight and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. These costs include deploying timely public service announcements to keep Illinois families informed, rapidly activating emergency operations, providing emergency supplies, and more. So, as Congress works to develop the next coronavirus relief package, we must include direct stabilization funding to localities with populations under 500,000,” wrote Underwood.

Full text of the letter can be found here.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Underwood has worked to ensure Illinois communities and families receive the resources they need to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Last 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 the Illinois delegation in her first letter to the President 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.