News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

While we continue to social distance and stay at home, my staff and I have been doing our best to keep you informed of the latest developments, and advocate for aid with your priorities at the forefront of our minds. Read more below about our latest efforts. 

Please visit my Resource Page for COVID-19 Updates, and access a series of informational resource pages to help you through this difficult time. 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.


Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Last Thursday, my colleagues and I convened in Washington, D.C. to vote on H.R. 266 - The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This package replenishes emergency funds for programs created under the CARES Act, which was passed with my support at the end of March.The CARES Act initially created and funded the Paycheck Projection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant program to ensure our small businesses could weather this storm and emerge from this crisis ready to operate.

H.R. 266 replenished needed funds for PPP by adding an additional $321 billion, and an additional $60 billion for the EIDL grant program, serving as the lifeline for these institutions. The bill also ensures an additional $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. This relief package will help our nation recover as we begin reopening our economy and allow Americans to go back to work. Read my full statement on my vote here

Visit my website’s Small Business Resource Page to apply and learn more about the programs. 

Supporting Agriculture 

Recently, I co-led a letter with over 100 of my colleagues to President Trump requesting that COVID-19 related relief for our farmers and producers is both effective and as immediate as possible. As the USDA begins their rule-making process, it is imperative our producers and farmers receive immediate resources in conjunction with their normal production to see them through this crisis. 

We rely on farmers, producers, and the agriculture community to keep grocery stores stocked and keep food on our tables. Pressure in agricultural industries is enormous. These dedicated individuals face difficult physical work, long hours, and social isolation in order to serve their fellow Americans. We must ensure they have what they need to maintain operations during this public health emergency. You can read our letter here to learn more. 

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