Congressman Glen Thompson is pushing the Local Act to extend the deadline for counties to spend their CARES Act funding. With this act, the deadline to spend this money extends from December of this year to December of 2021.
The Local Act addresses the $150 billion provided through the Cares Act to help mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus.
Congressman Glenn Thompson said he drafted this act after speaking with county commissioners.
He said some projects they wanted to engage in would be impossible to complete under the conditions of the CARES Act.
One of the projects he sees many counties trying to accomplish is internet connectivity.
This act extends the deadline for counties to spend this money for projects like those from December of 2020 to December of 2021.
The congressman said if counties don’t spend the money by the end of the year, they have to return that money.
That’s why he said pushing this bill is so important.
“There is interest I’m hearing just as of this afternoon on the other side of the Capitol that there may be some Senate companion bill which is also very partisan,” said Thompson.
Congressman Thompson said he’s hopeful a companion bill will be introduced to the Senate.