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Underwood, Foster call for more relief to small municipalities during pandemic

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U.S. Reps. Lauren Underwood and Bill Foster called for more direct funding to small localities and cities in future coronavirus relief packages.

Underwood, D-Naperville, Foster, D-Naperville, and several of their Congressional colleagues pushed for the additional funding in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month, according to a news release.

Localities with populations under 500,000 are not eligible to receive direct resources from the coronavirus relief fund provided in the CARES Act. The members of Congress noted they represent many small communities who are also being affected by the pandemic.

“Like their larger neighbors, though, these smaller counties, cities, and towns have faced enormous costs while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the legislators wrote. “These costs include deploying timely public service announcements to keep Americans informed, rapidly activating emergency operations, readying employees for telework to keep services running, and more.”

Underwood’s office said the relief she’s seeking would help communities like Plainfield, Crystal Lake, DeKalb County and McHenry County in her district.

While the CARES Act provided billions of dollars in funding for expanding unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to lower and middle-income Americans and for health care workers, members of Congress has advocated for more help.

Foster has called for student loan relief and Underwood has argued to expand aid for families with dependent children.

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