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Federal spending bill contains money for veterans homes to fight COVID-19

The new spending bill that might come out of Congress for the President’s signature soon contains $100 million for grants for veterans' homes. Sen. Dick Durbin, in an online news conference Tuesday afternoon said it’ll be up to the people who run homes like the one in LaSalle to decide what they need and ask for the money.



Durbin says his heart goes out to the veterans and families of veterans at the home in LaSalle where 34 residents died of COVID-19 since the start of last month. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says there have been no new COVID-19 cases among the home’s residents for a week-and-a-half. The total spending bill is around $2.2 trillion. Of that, $900 billion is for pandemic relief. Durbin says the rest is the regular yearly federal spending.

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