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Bill Foster

From the office of:

Bill Foster

Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Elise.Sugarman@mail.house.gov

Ensure Equitable Per-Capita Spending in Future Stimulus Packages

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Current signers (8): Foster*, Casten*, Schakowsky, McGovern, Quigley, Kaptur, Rush, B. Lee

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to House Leadership, asking them to ensure equitable per-capita distribution of funds to states in any future stimulus package.

The CARES Act was an important first step, and we all know more will need to be done to restart the economy. Unfortunately, a very unfair spending formula for emergency grants to states and municipalities was incorporated by the Senate in the CARES bill. Citizens
in states with populations above 3.5 million saw their benefit reduced to $390 per capita, while citizens of other states favored by the Senate are due to receive per-capita benefits up to $2100 per person – over five times larger. Many of us from states with
populations over 3.5 million are finding this discrepancy very hard to justify to our constituents.

In a time when we are all in this together, it is important that emergency aid flow equally to all citizens no matter where they live. As the representatives in the “People’s House,” where citizens are equally represented no matter what state they live in,
our letter urges our leaders on both sides of the aisle to insist on a truly fair, equal per-capita distribution to all states, territories, and districts.

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Wednesday, April 18th COB. If you have any questions, please email
Elise.Sugarman@mail.house.gov with Rep. Foster or
Kimberly.Soffen@mail.house.gov with Rep. Casten.

Sincerely,

 

Bill Foster                    Sean Casten

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Letter Text

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy,

As you begin work on the fourth COVID-19 stimulus and recovery package, we urge you to ensure an equitable and equal per-capita distribution of funds to states so that all Americans can benefit equally no matter where they live. We applaud the hard work
that went into the CARES Act and we recognize that it was necessary that the historic relief package moved as quickly as it did given the toll COVID-19 is taking on our communities.

Unfortunately, a very unfair spending formula for emergency grants to states and municipalities was incorporated by the Senate in the CARES bill. Citizens in states with populations above 3.5 million saw their benefit reduced to $390 per capita, while citizens
of other states favored by the Senate are due to receive per-capita benefits up to $2100 per person – over five times larger. Many of us representing states with populations over 3.5 million are finding this discrepancy very hard to justify to our constituents.

At a time when we are all in this together, it is important that emergency aid flow equally to all citizens no matter where they live. An equal per capita distribution of funds is the only way to ensure that all states and territories have an equal fighting
chance at rebuilding after this pandemic. As leaders of the “People’s House,” where citizens are equally represented no matter what state they live in, we urge you to insist on a truly fair, equal per-capita distribution of funds to all states, territories,
and districts. We further urge you that this correction be retroactive, and that the fundamental principle of equal per-capita distribution of relief be applied to all programs in this and future coronavirus response packages. 

We thank you for your attention and we urge you to treat every American equally, regardless of where they live.

Sincerely,

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