Today was a historic day in our effort to defeat the coronavirus crisis. After driving from Michigan to Washington, D.C. last night, I spoke this morning on the floor of the U.S. House and encouraged my colleagues who may oppose the legislation to stand down. The country is facing enough disruption. We don't need disrupters in the Congress - we need leaders. If you missed my remarks, you can watch them here.
Despite one colleague who tried to delay this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation - and therefore disrupt when Americans would start seeing relief - we had a quorum of members present and were able to get it across the finish line. Folks need help right now, and the CARES Act delivers that help.
The President signed the bill this afternoon. To find out how this bill will provide immediate relief, be sure to check out this fact sheet my office put together.
And don't worry - there were special rules in place so we all kept six feet between us and practiced social distancing. They always wiped down the podium after every speaker to keep it clean.
So today's kitchen table update is coming to you from the U.S. House floor - I'll be driving back home to Michigan early tomorrow.
Next week I'll be working again from my kitchen table in Michigan. I have a number of calls set up with the Michigan members of Congress, our local small businesses, area law enforcement, faith leaders, public health professionals, and community leaders. I'll be sure to provide you with updates on all those calls.
Now that the legislation is passed and signed into law, we need to ensure in particular that this assistance gets to every community across 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 helpline for seniors in St. Joe
There is a new community-led website where nonprofits, agencies, and individuals could promote and find resources as Allegan County addresses the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need assistance in Allegan county, please visit feedtheneedallegan.com.
Michigan Small Business Relief Program
Michigan’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for grants and loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to provide economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and in turn help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak. Information on how to apply, as well as eligibility criteria, is available at www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19.
The Region IV Area Agency on Aging has set up an info-line to help senior citizens receive the help they need as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The 24-hour info-line is 800-654-2810. It is staffed with aging and disability experts able to provide answers and resources specific to local seniors’ needs.