Duckworth Talks Local Impact Of Government Shutdown On House Floor
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL, 8) discussed some of the local impact the federal government shutdown has had in her district during remarks
made on the House floor Saturday.
The congresswoman said
zero Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been approved during the
shutdown. Back in 2012, businesses in Illinois' 8th Congressional
District were approved for $391,000 a day in SBA loans, which is the
most in any Illinois congressional district. During the first week of
the shutdown, nearly $3 million in SBA loans were on hold or lost, according to Duckworth's spokesman Anton Becker.
Food pantries in Duckworth's district have also taken a hit while the government has been closed, the congresswoman said. The Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Schaumburg, for example, said it would be unable to meet the increased demand due to more families being in need during the shutdown.
Here's the congresswoman's remarks:
Duckworth is also worried about the shutdown's looming impact on the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is part of the state's federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Plan,
which covers half of the depository's costs for SNAP enrollment work.
The depository typically receives payments in early November for the
enrollment services, but it will not see the funds until the government
Among other concerns, the depository's administrative funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program is also on hold, although the Greater Chicago Food Depository is not expecting payment for the program until November.
the state has said it would support the Women, Infants and Children
program during the month of October while the federal government is closed. After October, however, 283,000
individuals in the state, half of them in Cook County, would be without assistance if the shutdown continues, according to the Greater
Chicago Food Depository. Demand at local food pantries is expected to spike
if this happens.