Weekly Update | March 28, 2020
Congress Passes Third Major Coronavirus Relief Package
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This week, I flew back to Washington, DC to help pass the third major relief package to help Americans struggling from this pandemic. Within roughly three weeks, we've gone from historic low unemployment to nearly 3 million Americans unemployed. If there's one job Congress should do - and do well - it's help our country through a crisis.

The CARES Act is the single largest economic relief package in this nation's history. It focuses on providing funding to Americans who are unemployed, small businesses, hospitals, community health centers, and other struggling industries who are critical to the American economy.

What the CARES Act does:

  • Provides economic recovery checks directly to Americans ($1,200 for each American making $75,000 or less). This benefit is calculated using the last filed tax return or Social Security/Disability benefits.
  • Creates the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program to help states struggling to keep up with unemployment benefits. File or learn more about eligibility here.
  • Gives more than $100 billion to help hospitals and community health centers keep their doors open.
  • Starts a new Payment Protection Loan program to help small businesses continue to operate and incentivizes them to keep people on their payroll.
  • Includes a six-month deferment on student loan payments and includes my student debt bill, which allows businesses to provide tax-free assistance to pay employees' student debt.
  • Provides an economic stabilization funds to help industries who have been decimated by this pandemic.
  • Includes funding to states to help local governments struggling from lost tax revenue. The amount will be based on a state's population.

This is the third relief pack for Coronavirus. CLICK HERE for details about Phase I, II, and III.
I'm Here to Help
If you are seeking information on the government response to the coronavirus pandemic please visit my webpage dedicated to keeping you informed. If you have questions call my office at (217) 403-4690 or send me an e-mail . We will do our best to answer your questions or connect you with the right agency.
More COVID-19 Updates
Small Business Tele-Town Hall with the Small Business Administration
I had 300 local businesses join me for call I hosted with the Illinois Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Monday morning. There is a lot of uncertainty among businesses & their employees. I was glad we could answer some of those and hear their concerns. Click here to go to the SBA's COVID-19 webpage.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) speaks to 300 small business owners on Monday, March 23 about federal efforts to support businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Announced COVID-19 Funds to 13th District Health Centers
I'm working to see that the funds we pass in Washington to combat coronavirus are helping medical providers in my district. Critical funding is going to:

  • Central Counties Health Centers, Springfield, $64,896
  • Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington, $53,040
  • Crossing Healthcare, Decatur, $65,504
  • Macoupin County Public Health Clinic, Carlinville, $57,381
  • Promise Healthcare, Champaign, $64,779
  • SIU Center for Family Medicine, Springfield, $70,401
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) discusses Community Health Center funding with WEEK/WGEM News on March 24th, 2020.
Let's Use the Defense Production Act
I know we have businesses who want to help and I continue to hear from hospitals who are worried about a shortage of medical supplies to treat Coronavirus. I joined a group of bipartisan members of Congress to ask President Trump to utilize the Defense Production Act to provide more direction and incentives for businesses to prioritize the equipment our health care providers are asking for. These are unprecedented times and we need all hands on deck.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) was one seven Republicans and seven Democrats to introduce a resolution calling for the use of the Defense Production Act.
Congressional Art Competition Changes
My 2020 Congressional Art Competition submission deadline has been extended by two weeks to Friday, April 17th and submissions will now be accepted electronically. Both of these modifications are due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting mandatory school closings. Students may do their artwork independently at home and are not required to submit through their school.

Constituent Service Spotlight
Helping Constituents Cut Through Red Tape in Champaign
Thank you for all your assistance and follow up with my family's safe return to Champaign (from Europe). They arrived at O’Hare late Saturday evening and back in Champaign really early on Sunday morning. Your follow up means a lot to all of us!!!

As a side note, we also sent the same message to Senator Durbin’s website immediately after sending it to Congressman Davis’ website and are STILL awaiting an initial response from the message we sent last week..."

-Jeff in Champaign, IL