WASHINGTON – This weekend, the President issued an approval to extend the activations of state National Guard forces through June 24, 2020 that were set to expire at the end of May. The decision comes after Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) led the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation in a letter last week calling on the Department of Defense (DOD) to extend the activations of 2,000 men and women in the National Guard to continue to assist with the state’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which Governor Pritzker requested from the federal government.
“The men and women of the Illinois National Guard have stepped up to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be an integral part of the state’s efforts moving forward,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “We owe them our full support and gratitude as they serve our neighbors during this time of need. I’m pleased to see the extension of their activations and will continue to work alongside the Illinois Congressional Delegation to ensure our state has access to the resources it needs.”
To support the state’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Bustos has successfully led the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation in calling on the federal government to fully utilize the unique capabilities offered by the National Guard on multiple occasions.
First, Congresswoman Bustos spearheaded an effort requesting the DOD federally fund National Guard support, which received nationwide pre-approval in response from the DOD and preserved precious state resources. Now, the DOD can extend National Guard support during this critical time after Congresswoman Bustos led a similar effort last week.
You can view full text of last week’s letter here.