Underwood Supports Passage of American Rescue Plan to Deliver Urgently Needed Relief to Illinois Families and Communities; Legislation Heads to President to Be Signed Into Law
Today Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives. The legislation, which will now head to the President's desk for signature, will deliver urgently needed relief to Americans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic by delivering another round of direct payments to families and individuals, speeding up COVID-19 vaccinations, safely reopening schools, and supporting essential workers and small businesses. The legislation includes a provision introduced and championed by Underwood to lower out-of-pocket health care premiums by making premium tax credits for Health Insurance Marketplace plans more generous and available to more Americans.
"Northern Illinois families and small businesses need relief from the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and help is on the way. This legislation will help speed vaccinations, provide direct payments to families, equip our schools with the resources they need to operate safely and effectively, and help small businesses keep their doors open," said Underwood. "The American Rescue Plan will put money in the pockets of families who need it through direct payments, an enhanced child tax credit, extended unemployment benefits, and lower health care costs. This bold legislation gives us the tools we need to crush the virus and rebuild our economy. "
The American Rescue Plan includes key provisions to:
Speed Up Vaccinations, Contain the Virus, and Keep Schools Open Safely
Provides $275 million to Illinois to speed up the distribution of vaccines and set up community vaccination centers around the United States.
It also provides $1.5 billion to Illinois for testing, tracing, and mitigation efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 and provide PPE to frontline health care workers.
The American Rescue Plan invests nearly $130 billion directly in K-12 education to help schools operate safely and make up for lost learning time. IL-14 school districts will receive approximately $169 million, specified below.
It provides an estimated $1.3 billion to support Illinois institutions of higher education and help their students cope with the financial strain caused by COVID-19.
Deliver Immediate Economic Relief for Americans Hit Hardest
Economists estimate the plan will create 7.5 million jobs and bring the economy back to near full employment in a little over 12 months, which would have taken at least three years without the new legislation.
Delivers another round of relief checks to adults with incomes up to $80,000 and families with incomes up to $160,000. Most adults and dependent children will receive $1,400 each. This newly applies to dependent adult children because of a change Rep. Underwood advocated for.
Keeps the weekly federal unemployment benefit at $300 per week through September 6 and extends the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.
It also fixes a glitch in eligibility for recipients of Illinois' pandemic unemployment assistance program, restoring payments to workers who had lost them in early March.
Provides tax relief by exempting up to $10,200 in unemployment benefits from federal income taxes for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans that have claimed unemployment insurance benefits in 2020.
Increases the Child Tax Credit for 2021 from $2,000 per child to $3,600 per child under age 6 and $3,000 per child under age 18. This applies to single filers earning up to $75,000, head of household filers earning up to $112,500, and joint filers earning up to $150,000 and is refundable, meaning families will receive it as a direct payment even if they do not owe taxes this year.
To ensure families receive immediate relief, starting in July, the IRS will distribute half of the credit via direct payments. This means a family claiming the full expanded credit could receive $250 a month per child from July to December 2021, and then would receive the remainder as a credit on their 2021 tax return.
The expanded Child Tax Credit will benefit nearly 9 in 10 Illinois children and lift over 150,000 Illinois children out of poverty.
Strengthens and expands federal nutrition programs to address the current hunger crisis.
Provides funding for rental assistance, mortgage forbearance, and extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until September 30, 2021.
Lowers Health Care Costs
Includes legislation championed by Rep. Underwood (H.R. 369) to lower out-of-pocket health care costs for people purchasing Marketplace plans, expanding coverage to uninsured Americans and saving individuals and families hundreds or thousands of dollars on premiums.
Covers 100% of COBRA premiums for laid off workers so families can afford to keep their employer-sponsored coverage.
Prohibits copayments for medical care for veterans during the pandemic.
Support for Our Communities and Small Businesses
Provides $29 billion to revitalize restaurants, food, and beverage establishments for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund to support struggling restaurants and bars.
Continues to support popular programs to support non-profits stay open and keep their employees on payroll.
IL-14 Funding to Combat COVID-19 from the American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan provides an estimated $893 million to IL-14 municipalities. New State and Local Coronavirus Relief Funds can be used to cover pandemic related costs and keep first responders, frontline health workers, and other vital service providers safely on the job as Illinois and local governments roll out vaccines. Funds must be used to address the pandemic or its negative economic impacts, including to replace revenue lost, delayed, or decreased as a result of the pandemic.
State and Local Funding Estimates from American Rescue Plan
Beach Park village
Bull Valley village
Campton Hills village
Crystal Lake city
Fox Lake village
Hawthorn Woods village
Holiday Hills village
Island Lake village
Lake Barrington village
Lake in the Hills village
Lake Villa village
Lily Lake village
Maple Park village
McCullom Lake village
North Aurora village
North Barrington village
Oakwood Hills village
Old Mill Creek village
Pingree Grove village
Port Barrington village
Prairie Grove village
Spring Grove village
St. Charles city
Sugar Grove village
West Chicago city
Wonder Lake village
*funding estimates were prepared by Congressional Research Service. The list of eligible governments and their respective populations was generated from the 2019 City and Town dataset from the Census Bureau, which includes data on both "incorporated areas" and "minor civil divisions. In all cases, the list of nonentitlement governments intends to accurately capture the total population eligible for assistance in each state, rather than the total number of governments eligible for assistance, as the total state population is used to calculate the amount every nonentitlement government will receive.
The list of "metro cities" as defined in the proposal and the allocation amounts provided to those cities were generated from the FY2020 CDBG entitlement awards distributed to those cities as shown on the HUD website. Select city governments that qualify but have chosen not to participate in the CDBG entitlement program have been added, as that information has been made available, with allocation amounts estimated by CRS using the limited data available for those cities. Metro Cities are demarcated with an asterisk *
Please note that these estimated numbers may shift as more recent data becomes available.
Estimates also do not account for the cap on nonentitlement assistance equal to 75% of the government's previous annual budget.
Funding Estimates for local school districts
Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3
Marengo-Union Elementary Consolidated District 165
Nippersink School District 2
Alden-Hebron School District 19
Antioch Community Consolidated School District 34
Antioch Community High School District 117
Aurora West Unit School District 129
Batavia Unit School District 101
Central Community Unit School District 301
Community Unit School District 300
Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47
Community High School District 155
DeKalb Community Unit School District 428
Emmons School District 33
Fox Lake Grade School District 114
Fremont School District 79
Geneva Community Unit School District 304
Grass Lake School District 36
Gurnee School District 56
Harrison School District 36
Harvard Community Unit School District 50
Hinckley-Big Rock Community Unit School District 429
Huntley Consolidated School District 158
Johnsburg Community Unit School District 12
Lake Villa Community Consolidated School District 41
Kaneland Community Unit School District 302
Marengo Community High School District 154
McHenry Community Consolidated School District 15
McHenry Community High School District 156
Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24
Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201
Newark Community High School District 18
Newark Community Consolidated School District 66
Oswego Community Unit School District 308
Plainfield School District 202
Plano Community Unit School District 88
Prairie Grove Community School District 46
Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157
Riley Community Consolidated School District 18
Sandwich Community Unit School District 430
Somonauk Community Unit School District 432
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303
Sycamore Community Unit School District 427
Wauconda Community Unit School District 118
West Chicago School District 33
Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204
Community Unit School District 200
Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50
Woodstock Community Unit School District 200
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115