Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) is hopeful legislation recently passed in the House will also see a quick trip through the Senate. FEMA has denied Illinois' request for disaster assistance following the December flooding, and the bill would create new standards by which FEMA would determine the need for assistance.
Davis says he had hoped FEMA would have taken the language that was passed unanimously in the House into consideration during the evaluation process but it’s now clear to him that that a change in law is needed to help our communities in downstate Illinois get fair consideration.
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Davis says he is sponsoring the legislation to change the formula to make sure Downstate Illinois doesn't get "punished" as was the case with other recent disasters.