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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Introduces State Commission Emergency Response Act To Allow State Service Commissions To Redeploy AmeriCorps Resources To Combat Pandemic

May 8, 2020
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced legislation to allow state service commissions to redeploy AmeriCorps resources and personnel to the communities most in need of assistance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Combatting the coronavirus pandemic demands that we use every available resource as effectively as possible to support our communities and to keep our most vulnerable community members safe,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “My legislation would allow state commissions to quickly and effectively redeploy AmeriCorps members to community-based organizations and government entities where they can do the most good.”

The State Commission Emergency Response Act of 2020, which has been endorsed by Serve Illinois and America’s State Commissions, would amend the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 by cutting red tape that requires the federal Corporation for National and Community Service to approve of the deployment of resources by state commissions. This reform would allow state service commissions, based on their specific knowledge of state and community needs, to directly place and support AmeriCorps members in local organizations immediately. These resources would be deployed by the commission to community-based organizations, state and local government entities addressing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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