News from Representative Tom Emmer
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Dear Friend,

This week, we celebrate “Made in America Week.” Minnesota’s Sixth District is home to many small, medium and large businesses that manufacture their products right here in America. We have some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in Minnesota, and I am proud of the work they do to support our communities, our economy, and our national security

Here’s a recap of what we accomplished last week... 


FEMA Disaster Declaration Decision

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I joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss my letter. Watch here

On July 2, 2020, Governor Tim Walz submitted a request for a Major Disaster Declaration because of extensive fire damage caused by recent civil unrest in the Twin Cities. On Friday, July 10, 2020 that request was denied. 

Following the murder of George Floyd, I was glad to see the U.S. Department of Justice taking decisive action by initiating a federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. However, since federal funds were requested for the rebuild, I believed it was only prudent that the government conduct a federal review of the civil unrest that led to the destruction, in order to help Americans understand how almost half-a-billion dollars worth of damage was done before peace was restored.

The loss of livelihoods, and the lack of leadership during this time was unacceptable. To prevent future Governors, Mayors, and locally elected officials around the country from experiencing the same destruction we witnessed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, information and recommendations for how to avoid incidents like this in the future are necessary. 

You can read my letter to President Trump here


TOMORROW: Tax Day 2020!

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Tomorrow is Tax Day 2020! This year, it’s July 15. However, there is an option to request an individual filing extension. The postponement from April 15 to July 15, 2020 was a measure to provide temporary tax relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding Tax Day 2020, visit here. If you have trouble navigating the IRS and need assistance, visit my website here. I have dedicated casework staff who can assist you.


NOW: SBA accepting Paycheck Protection Program Applications!

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has $130 billion funds remaining to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. Following the passage of the PPP Flexibility Act, which I was proud to support, forgiveness is easier to qualify for. 

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Who qualifies? 

  • Nonprofits and faith-based organizations, sole proprietors, independent contractors and those who are self-employed.
  • To qualify for forgiveness, at least 60% of the loan must be spent on payroll within 24 weeks of disbursement. 

Deadline?

  • The new deadline to apply is August 8, 2020. You can find a Paycheck Protection Program lender in Minnesota to start the application process here.

Other assistance available?

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available. Learn more here & apply by September 30, 2020.
  • Express Bridge Loans are available. Learn more here
  • SBA Debt Relief is available. The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe on certain loans. Learn more about this assistance here.

Expanding Admissible Crossings to Canada

I am a proud member of the Northern Border Caucus. As a Minnesotan, I am all too familiar with Minnesotans who travel between the United States and Canada for recreation, leisure and business - in fact, I’m one of them.

My wife Jacquie and I love visiting Canada and enjoy the vast outdoors they have to offer. However, this Coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for Minnesotans who own homes in Canada to access their properties, or for the lucky few who own in the Northwest Angle, unable to cross Canada to access this special piece of Minnesota.

I recently signed on to a letter with 28 of my colleagues asking that the United States and Canada work together to develop guidance that prepares for reopening. With more than 400,000 people and over $1.6 billion in goods crossing the Northern Border daily through over 120 Ports of Entry, guidance must be made available. 

As we continue to work to provide access to the Angle, my casework staff is working with Minnesotans who need to visit their properties to check for damage and other issues. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.


Supporting Children’s Hospital During COVID-19 Pandemic

Our children’s hospitals do heroic work year-round, but the Coronavirus pandemic has made things more challenging than ever. Children’s hospitals were not covered by recent legislation aimed at helping fight the virus and keep Americans employed. As it currently stands, children’s hospitals stand to lose $1.1 billion, and could reach $10 billion by the fall.

Although the impact of COVID on the health of our youth does not appear as severe as it is for other age groups, there is concerning research around Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which has links to Coronavirus infections and is a potentially life-threatening condition where a child’s organs can become inflamed. As the threat of MIS-C grows, children’s hospitals must have all the resources they require to help our children.

Last week, I sent a bipartisan letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging that the agency include children in coronavirus-related research. The brilliant scientists who keep us on the forefront of medical innovation must develop a deep understanding of coronavirus in order to mitigate its effects and potentially develop a cure. The letter asks for increased long-term studies and more research into the changing symptoms in different demographics, like children.

Read the letter here


Supporting Our Nation’s Heroes

This week, on Thursday, we recognize Minnesota Atomic Veterans Day. Atomic Veterans are a special and unique group of veterans who fought and made major sacrifices for this country.

In 2017, my legislation, the Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act, was included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The Atomic Veterans Service Medal Act authorized the award of military service medals to veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation during nuclear testing and grants them the proper recognition they and their families deserve. To learn more about this effort, watch my video below. 

Click on my video to watch! 

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To further support our veterans, I became a co-sponsor of H.R. 5995, the Major Richard Star Act, which would ensure veterans who medically retired from the military for combat-related injuries before 20 years of service would not have their disability deducted from their retirement pay. Currently, these veterans are not receiving their full benefits. 

I also co-sponsored H.R.1605, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act which would allow for military families to opt-in to Military Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which are used to help fund their children’s education.

I am committed to serving the needs of those who served our nation. Currently, my son Joey is a Midshipman at the Naval Academy and my son Bill is a United States Marine. These young men show me what servant leadership look like in practice and I know that those who came before them, and those who follow will carry on the spirit of service that our military has at it’s core value. Veterans and service members deserve our gratitude and support, and I will do everything I can to ensure they receive it.  


Little Sisters of the Poor

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity, cannot be forced by the government under the Affordable Care Act to provide free contraception to their employees in violation of their religious beliefs.

The decision is a victory for religious freedom in the United States. No American should ever be compelled by the government to violate their religious beliefs, but that’s exactly what was happening to The Little Sisters of the Poor because of unconstitutional mandates in Obamacare.

For years, the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor have been torn from their mission to help the poor and elderly under threat of millions of dollars in fines. Last year, I co-signed an Amicus Brief urging the court to rule in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor. I’m overjoyed by this ruling and look forward to continuing my work protecting the rights of all Americans to exercise their religious freedoms.


Until next week...

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Sincerely,
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