News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,

Last week brought me to Washington, D.C. for votes, but I am glad to be back home this week to enjoy the rising temperatures with my fellow Minnesotans! You can read a legislative update on our ongoing efforts below.

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. 

Please note that this Friday is the final day to turn in art for my Congressional Art Competition. You can leave your submission outside of my Otsego office, which remains open and they will bring it in to the office. Please call my District Office if you have any questions.


Legislative Update:

Last week, my colleagues and I gathered together in Washington to vote on another package of COVID-19 related relief spending. However, this time was different. This legislation was crafted by Speaker Pelosi alone, with no input from other members of the People’s House and no discussion around what priorities were important to constituents all across America.

I voted against this legislation because it adds an additional $3 trillion in debt and fell short of a good faith effort to address the needs of our country. It failed to include additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program – a lifeline for businesses struggling to keep their employees and stay afloat – but directed tens of millions of dollars to programs unrelated to the COVID outbreak. It also included changes to our election system, eliminating state control and fundamentally altering the way we vote in the United States.

Moving forward, I hope Nancy Pelosi will work with her Republican colleagues and the President. She has done this before with the passage of the CARES Act, which included non-partisan legislation like the Isaiah Baker and Margie Harris-Austin Act, which I co-led. This important bill would reimburse providers for time Direct Support Professionals spend supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during short-term hospital stays. I was proud to see it become law. 

You can read my full statement on last week’s vote here.

Following passage of this bill, I also signed on as an original cosponsor to the Deal With the Debt Today Act. We have to get our spending under control. This legislation would take the important steps of requiring emergency or disaster spending to be offset over a ten year period, ensuring Congress makes a conscious effort to address our nation’s growing debt. You can read more about the bill here

Protecting Pork Producers and Our Supply Chain

This week, I signed on as an original co-sponsor of H.R. 6883, the Protecting Protein Production and Consumer Access Act, which expands liability protections for meat processing facilities following President Trump’s use of the Defense Production Act to ensure they reopen.

We need to protect the steady flow of American grown beef, pork, and poultry products in grocery stores for consumers. Processing plants are vital to ensuring the supply chain can continue to function. This legislation protects them from frivolous lawsuits as they continue to serve their fellow Americans. Read more about my work to support our pork producers here

I also became a cosponsor of the Assistance and Gratitude for Coronavirus Heroes in Agribusiness who are Invaluable to the Nation, or the AG CHAIN Act, which would provide a federal tax holiday and a payroll tax exemption for all essential employees in the food and agriculture industry. As we work to keep the supply chain moving, we must also support the important workforce who support it. 

For pork producers in need, and any member of the agriculture community facing untold losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, learn more about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture, here

A Message from the Minnesota Congressional Delegation:

I joined my colleagues in Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation to urge Minnesotans who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and recovered to donate plasma as part of the federally sponsored Expanded Access Program for convalescent plasma, a potential treatment program for COVID-19.

Watch our video here.


Assistance for Home Owners and Renters

Last week, a partnership between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency launched a web page to assist individuals in navigating mortgage relief and protections for renters implemented by the CARES Act. Visit the website to learn more about the assistance available to you.

Watch an informational video from the CFPB here.


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