News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

As our nation continues to combat the spread of COVID-19, I am committed to ensuring you have the information you need to keep you and your family safe. See below for more information and please do not hesitate to visit my website at Emmer.House.Gov or contact my Otsego District Office at (763) 241-6848 or Washington, D.C. Office at (202) 225-2331 if I can be of assistance to you and your family.

COVID Resources

For updates and information related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Resource Page for COVID-19 Updates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up a page dedicated to what you need to know about this virus and tips to stay safe.

Earlier this week, the President also unveiled guidelines that could help mitigate the spread of this disease in the coming weeks. Additionally, the White House Coronavirus response team suggested limiting all social gatherings to groups of fewer than ten people for the next two weeks.

If you are a business owner in need of financial assistance, you can learn more about the types of resources currently offered by the Small Business Administration, here.

If you are an employee displaced from your job, you can find more information about new unemployment guidance issued by the Governor’s office, here.

If you are a parent with children home from school, there are resources available to keep kids engaged in academics outside of the classroom. Scholastic has established a “Learn at Home” program for K-12 students. The Department of Education has compiled a list of resources and FAQs for students managing student loans and incomplete semesters of study, here.

Legislative Update from Washington

I recently voted to pass $8.3 billion in funding to combat the spread of this virus. This funding was for response efforts, vaccine development, and critical diagnostic and testing supplies. It included $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as $950 million for state and local health departments. To date, $10.5 million of these funds have been allocated directly to Minnesota.

Unfortunately, a second bill was rushed through included several new and confusing mandates on our small business community. Because the 100+ page bill was passed 26 minutes after it was unveiled, it required significant changes just days later. While we did pass $8.3 billion in a non-partisan fashion to address this crisis, Congress must do a better job going forward of carefully and thoughtfully passing measures to make sure Americans can weather this event.

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