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@MyKitchenTable - June 10, 2020

@MyKitchenTable: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dear Friend:

Abraham Lincoln... “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”  Image

—HHS announced the distribution of additional money for the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs to the tune of approximately $15B.  They also distributed $10B to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable.  You can read more HERE knowing that some of those funds are coming to our district.

—CDC released a report on Cov-2 infections from a sample of U.S. Navy service members from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (you will remember that the ship had to stay in port in Guam).  60% had reactive antibodies and 59% of those had neutralizing antibodies.  The presence of neutralizing antibodies is a promising indicator of at least short-term immunity and you can read more HERE.

—NIH’s National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announced a funding opportunity to supplement existing NIMHD grants to test community interventions focused on preventing or slowing COVID-19 in populations who experience health disparities, which you can see HERE.

—We have received many calls from employers across the district with continued issues of unemployment claim imposters.  I believe most of our state senators have installed a portal on their websites that can be helpful.  You might be interested in this article from “Moody on the Market,” which you can read HERE.

—One of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s achievements was the crackdown on robocalls signed into law by President Trump.  News broke yesterday that the FCC fined several telemarketers $255M for a billion robocalls.  I sure hope they got the message!  You can see that Detroit News story HERE.

—Johnson & Johnson announced that it has accelerated the initiation of clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate and plans to start a phase 1/2 study next month — it had said previously that it would not start human trials until September, which you can see HERE.

—Corning announced that it will receive $204M from BARDA to substantially expand its domestic manufacturing capacity of glass vials to support the vaccination and treatment of billions of patients.  You can see that story HERE.

—According to a study published in Nature, shutdown orders prevented about 60M COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and 285M in China.  A separate study also published in Nature estimated that the shutdowns saved 3.1M lives in 11 European countries.  You can read that Washington Post report HERE.

Plenty of zoom calls today.  

This afternoon I joined my colleague Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) for a call with the Michigan Municipal League to discuss the bipartisan RELIEF for MAIN Street Act, which I cosponsored. This legislation creates a new $50B Fund that would provide direct allocations to cities, counties and states to seed and scale small business local relief funds. The funds would provide funding to small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, minority-owned businesses, small businesses in low-income and rural communities, businesses outside the mainstream banking system, and tribal businesses. You can read more HERE.

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus held a lengthy zoom with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer regarding the summer legislative schedule and the Justice in Policing Act which was the focus of a House Judiciary hearing earlier today.  Hoyer made the point that his interest was in a bill, not a message, to move forward and took our constructive comments to heart.  Expect the House Judiciary Committee to “mark up” the bill as early as next week with House Floor action as early as the following week.   The legislation does not “defund the police” and though there may be an effort to include such, I do not expect that it will be successful at any stage of the process.

Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are working on a similar package in the Senate and met with WH officials earlier today.   It has been reported by Politico that the WH is tentatively planning to endorse the Scott measure and is drafting an Executive Order that offers a framework to move forward.  My message all along has been with “divided government” we need to work together to move forward. 

That has always been my message whether it be serving in the Majority or Minority, which is probably one of the reasons that today I was one of ten House Republicans to receive the inaugural U.S. Chamber of Commerce Award for bipartisanship, which you can see HERE.

Today’s photo is from my walk with Amey on Monday night. Amey took this photo of the sunset while we were along the St. Joe River. If you would like to submit a photo for us to include in the KT, please click HERE. TY.


God Bless,

Fred Upton

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