This morning I left Washington, D.C. to drive back to Michigan after we passed the historic CARES Act yesterday afternoon. There were some bad storms on the drive, and I even called 911 after seeing a car that flipped and was turned around on the highway. But I made it back to St. Joe safely early this evening.
There have been a few updates since last night that I want to share with you.
Last night, the head of a large company contacted me about donating personal protective equipment to health care workers here in Michigan. I connected him and Governor Whitmer, who was incredibly appreciative. It's wonderful to see so many folks stepping up where they can to help during the coronavirus crisis.
In addition, earlier today, President Trump approved Governor Whitmer's request for a major disaster declaration. The entire Michigan Congressional delegation weighed in with the White House urging approval for the Governor's request. My colleagues and I worked with the President, the Governor, and FEMA to make this happen so we can get critical federal assistance to help our state through the coronavirus crisis. Click here to learn more.
As I mentioned yesterday, this upcoming week I'll be working from my kitchen table at home in Michigan. I have several calls scheduled with my colleagues, local businesses, law enforcement, faith leaders, public health professionals, and community leaders. We need to ensure our communities now get the assistance they need from the bill we passed this past week.
We also all need to remember that we are in this fight against the coronavirus together. If we remain focused on solutions - not politics or blame - we will overcome this crisis. I am willing to work with anyone from any party at any time to do what it is best for our families, workers, and communities here in southwest Michigan.
As always, if you have further questions about the bill or need any sort of assistance, please feel free to contact my office at www.upton.house.gov/contact.
Stay safe this weekend, and God bless,
Member of Congress
RESOURCES TO HELP SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
New opportunities to volunteer
The state of Michigan has launched a new website that Michiganders can use to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money/needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections. Visit www.mi.gov/fightcovid19 to learn more.
Michigan moves state tax filing to July 15
The state announced last night that the deadline to file state taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15. The federal government has also announced that the deadline to file federal taxes has been moved to July 15. For more information, click here.