News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

As we slowly get back to work, I hope I can help you make the most of the benefits Congress has recently passed to get us all through this crisis. I am hosting a telephone town hall tomorrow with a representative of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 4pm. The IRS is distributing up to $1,200 for qualifying Americans. Visit my website to learn how to join the call! 

Please note, for SSI beneficiaries and veterans who do not file taxes but have children 17 and under, you may qualify for the additional $500 dollars in economic assistance but the filing deadline is today, May 5th. Visit the IRS’ website to learn more

In the meantime, 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.

Sincerely,


Protecting Our Seniors

This week, I introduced the Senior abuse Training and Offense Prevention (STOP) Act, which would create a specialized grant program to support law enforcement, first responders, and existing community efforts to combat elder abuse. Instances of neglect and abuse of our aging citizens is far too prevalent, and it can be prevented. These individuals deserve to age with dignity, and we can ensure they do.

Minnesota has recently seen the horrible impacts of elder abuse. We must ensure dignity and respect for our vulnerable seniors as they age, and the STOP Act would provide resources to ensure this abuse does not happen again. Read more about the STOP Act here


Supporting Our Economy

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, employees and employers have faced uncertainty as businesses are forced to remain closed. However, despite this uncertainty, businesses can utilize the Employee Retention Credit, a benefit created through the CARES Act, which I supported, to keep their staffs intact. The Employee Retention Credit encourages companies to keep employees on their payroll by providing for a tax credit of 50% of up to $10,000 for paying employees while the business is impacted by COVID-19.

I sent a letter calling on the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide flexibility for employers who continued paying their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. This week, the IRS issued guidance allowing employers to qualify for the Employee Retention Credit under varying state and local guidance and recommendations. Read more about my efforts here

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Supporting our Pork Producers

Last week, President Trump announced that he would invoke the Defense Production Act to aid the supply chain for pork producers across America. In the weeks prior, I had been communicating with the Administration about the dire situation facing our pork producers. The unforeseen downturn due to the COVID-19 outbreak left the supply chain unable to function. This was an immense strain on these hardworking Americans. 

I am grateful for President Trump’s swift action. The reopening of processing plants will ensure pork producers can move their product to market to ensure grocery stores are stocked and pork producers are not faced with difficult decisions regarding their herds. I joined my colleagues, Representative Jim Hagedorn and Representative Pete Stauber to applaud the President’s decision. Read our statement here

However, I also joined many of my colleagues from around the Midwest asking for increased access for pork producers to the aid provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Ensuring the supply chain is in tact was an important step, but pork producers have already experienced immense losses and need our support now. Read our letter here


Reopening Hospitals

Last week, I joined my colleagues Representative Jim Hagedorn and Representative Pete Stauber to urge Governor Walz to provide guidance for the health care sector as they begin to fully reopen for elective procedures and their normal full range of care. Read our letter here

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