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Chairman Krishnamoorthi Helps Usher Oversight Committee Passage of Robust State And Local COVID-19 Aid for Illinois

February 12, 2021
Press Release
Krishnamoorthi Chairs The House Oversight Subcommittee On Economic And Consumer Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), who chairs the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, will continue his longstanding effort to provide Illinois with state and local funding through the $350 billion aid package under review in the Oversight Committee’s afternoon bill markup proceedings. Under the plan, Illinois and its local governments will receive a projected $13.2 billion to help combat the coronavirus and address the budget shortfalls it created, helping these governments avoid tax increases or cuts to essential services and staff, including health care workers, police, firefighters, and teachers.

“Our state and local governments face daunting budget challenges due to the costs of fighting this pandemic and its economic impacts,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “I have fought for this desperately needed state and local aid funding since the start of this pandemic and today in the Oversight Committee, we’ll be debating and then approving, a relief package which will help meet these needs our state and local governments can avoid damaging tax hikes or cuts to vital services which would only deepen the economic and public health impacts of this crisis. After months of advocating tirelessly for this relief in Congress, it’s an honor to help craft this legislation which will help communities across Illinois.”

Following passage through the House Oversight Committee, the state and local aid provisions will be added to the larger COVID-19 relief package that is expected to be voted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.