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@MyKitchenTable - May 20, 2020

@MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear Friend:

Today’s inspiration is from Henry Ford as the President comes to Michigan tomorrow to visit the Ford F-150 plant in Ypsilanti..."Don’t find fault. Find a remedy."

ImageThe two pictures today are from the twin cities.  Yes, the Baltimore Orioles are back in SW Michigan as a Benton Harbor constituent has photographed this one at their feeder...I also spotted for the first time an indigo bunting who made it up from the winter in the Caribbean. The second picture is a St. Joseph dog, Jack, who makes everyone smile as we each look for moments of joy and love. If you would like to share a photo, submit it HERE... TY 
  • HHS announced an expansion of U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturing for the COVID-19 response.  HHS will work with a team of private industry partners to expand U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing for use in producing medicines needed during the COVID-19 response and future public health emergencies. The team will provide immediate, U.S.-based capacity to produce the active ingredients to make critical medicines to help alleviate or prevent drug shortages.  To lower production costs, reduce waste, and improve yields, the team will use advanced manufacturing processes, which you can read more about HEREImage
  • FEMA released a graphic with a breakdown by the numbers by region on the response to COVID-19, including funding of emergency protective measures, deployed personnel, number of care facilities and beds, and supplies, which you can see HERE.
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said yesterday that the Coronavirus is a “wake-up call” for a more inclusive economy.  Yes, our lives will change forever in so many ways.  For a moment, reflect back on the dramatic changes over the last 20 years with regard to technology alone! I am convinced that we will see major advances in lifestyle changes in the short years ahead.  I have a great quote from Albert Einstein for next week as we look to prepare our nation for that wake up call with legislation to help with the faster deployment of broadband.  You can see the CNBC interview with Dimon HERE.
  • I agreed to cosponsor H.R. 6487, bipartisan legislation that has been referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee, which will help provide more virtual visits for nursing home patients and their families.  I know it is so tough on families with their loved ones often quarantined in these facilities for the safety of fellow patients, visitors, and staff.  I am encouraged that this legislation can move through our committee and onto the full House for consideration.
  • I did a zoom CSPAN TV interview from my side porch today taking questions from folks around the country.  I discussed some of the Problem Solvers Caucus agenda/issues and the need to work together in a divided government. You can see that interview HERE.
  • I also did a statewide conference call with the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents and an Energy and Commerce briefing with the former head of the National Stockpile. In a conference call with the GOP conference members, Senate Majority Leader McConnell made the point that with some 1,100 lawsuits already filed on COVID-19, no bill will move through the Senate with additional COVID funding without some type of liability relief for employers. It was noted that the Congress did something similar back with Y2K some 20 years ago. We also expect the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) bipartisan flexibility legislation to be on the House Floor for a vote next week, which will be a huge sigh of relief for our hundreds of small businesses that received funding from this plan by our local lenders.  I am a cosponsor of this bill and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus discussed it on our zoom call yesterday. 
  • Forbes did a feature on Pfizer, its leadership, and the team working toward finding a vaccine for COVID-19 that you might find interesting to read HERE.

Take care and God Bless,

Fred Upton

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