News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

As we continue to weather the spread of the Coronavirus, I hope you and your family are staying healthy during this challenging time. We will beat COVID-19 and, like so many of you, I look forward to returning to normal life as soon as possible. Please visit my Resource Page for COVID-19 Updates for Minnesota specific information. Our office remains available should you need additional assistance. You can visit our 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, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Let's work together on a plan to reopen Minnesota's economy

I penned an op-ed with Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on the need to reopen our economy. We have seen businesses of all sizes and Minnesotans at every rung of the income ladder impacted by this current outbreak. It is imperative we find a way to work towards a plan to get Minnesotans back to the lives they've worked hard to build. Read our op-ed here.

Agriculture in Minnesota Needs Our Help:

After yesterday’s news about a major pork plant closing in Minnesota, I spoke to Governor Walz this morning regarding the important work we all must do to support agriculture in our state during this trying time. In addition, last week I sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue regarding the recent closure of another pork plant, and urging strong action to support pork producers. Closure of these plants could mean devastating consequences for farmers across our state and consumers who rely on their product. At every level of government, we must act now to ensure our food system is able to maintain operations and remain the backbone of our state’s economy after we defeat Coronavirus.

Telephone Town Hall: 

Many of you know how much I enjoy hosting in-person town halls, but due to the ongoing recommendations to social distance, I hosted another telephone town hall. I was honored to be joined by Interim Director of the Small Business Administration's Minnesota District Office Brian McDonald and Vice President of Government Affairs for CentraCare Health Systems Santo Cruz to address ongoing small business and COVID-19 related concerns. As Minnesotans and as Americans - we are determined to fight this virus and we need accurate and up to date information to do so. If you weren't able to join, I still encourage you to share your thoughts with us. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or phone

Unemployment Assistance: 

For individuals who are experiencing a loss of income due to COVID-19, my office has compiled a list of resources for you. Visit my Individuals Resource Page here. Read below for more information. 

  • For those who have lost their job due to COVID-19, please visit Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance step by step guide for applying, here. To learn about your eligibility and see answers to frequently asked questions, visit their website here
  • The U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Visit the Department of Labor's website to learn how to file for unemployment insurance and whether you are eligible, here
  • An important update for unemployed individuals came with the passage of the CARES Act, which provided for expanded unemployment insurance for everyone, including gig workers, the self-employed, and non-profit employees. Under the bill, which I supported, unemployed workers will be paid an additional $600 per week on top of what they would normally receive, until July 31. 
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