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IMPORTANT UPDATES from CONGRESSMAN SMUCKER

As our community and nation continue to respond to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, I want to ensure that you have the latest information about the federal government’s actions. To learn more about the federal government’s response and the impact of COVID-19 click here

CARES Act is a Robust Response to COVID-19

In today’s edition of the LNP Sunday News, read my column describing how Congress has responded to the challenge of COVID-19. The federal government cannot solve this problem by itself. All the resources and policy changes included in the CARES Act are simply tools to be used by the American people, because it’s the people who must rise to meet this challenge. Our ingenuity in the face of adversity will see us through to a stronger and more prosperous nation. 

Click here to read my op-ed.



Updates on Economic Impact Payments

Included in the CARES Act, are direct economic impact payments to hardworking American families. 

Individuals will receive a one-time payment of $1,200 and $500 per child to those with a valid Social Security number. The full payment amount is available for those with incomes at or below $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, and $150,000 for married couples. These economic impact payments will be fully phased out for individuals making $99,000 and for couples making $198,000.

The IRS has now indicated that Social Security recipients who may not have filed taxes for 2019, will now automatically receive the economic impact payment the same way they normally receive their Social Security Benefits. Click here to visit the IRS website to learn more

The payments will be issued via direct deposit to the bank account included on your 2019 tax return, or your 2018 tax return if you have not filed your 2019 return yet.

For those who have not provided the IRS with their direct deposit information via tax return, a web portal is being developed and will be released in the coming weeks to submit your banking information to ensure you receive your payment as soon as possible and quicker than checks in the mail. 



Application for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses is Now Available
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The Paycheck Protection Program, created by the passage of the CARES Act is a federally guaranteed loan program, which is administered by local banks and credit unions as an incentive for small businesses to keep workers on their payroll. 

This program will provide eight weeks of assistance to small businesses for payroll expenses, paid sick leave, insurance premiums, rent, utilities or mortgage interest payments. Portions of the loan used for payroll and limited other expenses are eligible for forgiveness. 

Small businesses (under 500 employees) and sole proprietorships can now begin applying for funds through this program. Self-employed individuals or contractors may begin applying on Friday, April 10.  

Those interested in the program are encouraged to contact their financial institution as soon as possible, as funds are limited. 

Visit the Small Business Administration’s website for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, by clicking here.  



Updates for Student Loan Borrowers

Included in the CARES Act, are provisions aimed at reducing the severity that COVID-19 will have on individuals with federal student loans. 

For example, the interest on federal student loans is set at 0% and are placed in forbearance (suspension of payments) until September 30, 2020. For more information visit the Department of Education website with Q&As regarding the student loan provisions in the CARES Act. Click here to learn more.



Virtual Visits to our Nation’s Capital  

As parents and students across Pennsylvania’s 11th District and the United States are staying home to help protect against the spread of COVID-19, let’s work hard to keep the whole family occupied with educational activities! You can explore so much in the comfort of your own homes. My website provides links to a list of virtual tours for you and your family to “visit” our nation’s capital. 

Click here to visit my website for virtual tour options in Washington, DC! 



Looking for Ways to Help? 

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For additional information on how small businesses and the private sector can help our personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain in Pennsylvania through expedited procurement procedures, please click here for information from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal.

You can also visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal, which will assist manufacturers who wish to create critical medical supplies to support in the response to COVID-19. Click here for more information.  

For medical professionals, including those who may be retired, who may wish to volunteer their services, visit serv.pa.gov to register. 

For other volunteer opportunities, please click here to visit FEMA’s  “How to Help” webpage.

Looking for more ways to serve your community? Visit the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website here for ideas on how you can serve our local community! 



Here to Serve 

If you have any questions or issues with any federal agency, please know that my office is here to assist you. You can call our district or Washington, DC offices for assistance or visit my website by clicking here for more assistance for any issue with a federal agency or department.  

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Sincerely,


Lloyd Smucker
Member of Congress

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