(WEEK) -- Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) has introduced the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act of 2020.
According to a release, the bill supports transportation service operators that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The act will provide $10 billion in emergency relief funding in the form of grants and other economic assistance to motorcoach operators, school bus companies, U.S. flag passenger vessel operators and other transportation providers designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury along with the Secretary of Transportation.
"Illinois’ motorcoach and bus companies provide important transportation services to communities across our region and offer good-paying jobs,” LaHood said. “Staple transportation companies in Central Illinois, like Peoria Charter Coach, have been disproportionately impacted by coronavirus."
"These small businesses are struggling to keep employees on payroll and pay for business expenses. In addition to previous assistance through the Payment Protection Program, if enacted, this bipartisan legislation will provide further support for the motorcoach industry and transportation service providers, ensuring that our critical transportation system gets through this difficult time."
Bill Winkler, president and owner of Peoria Charter Coach, said they have been very moved over the past few days by the support.
"By presenting the CERTS Act in the House of Representatives, the Congressman is giving Peoria Charter Coach and the motorcoach industry a fighting chance to survive the pandemic," he said.