We Must Be Vigilant
Dear Friends,

To combat the coronavirus pandemic, extraordinary measures are being implemented at all levels of government. This past weekend, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear encouraged citizens to record the license plates of their neighbors at in-person Easter services. Meanwhile, Governor Gretchen Whitman of Michigan wouldn’t allow stores to sell vegetable or fruit seeds. And in North Carolina, the Raleigh Police Department arrested a woman then put out a statement claiming that “protesting is a non-essential activity.” 

While the health and safety of our communities continues to be a priority, we cannot allow our Constitutionally-protected liberties to be stripped from us. Calling for citizens to turn in neighbors and restricting free speech sounds like something straight out of a World War II documentary. There is a fine line between protecting the public and restricting the public, and I believe that the aforementioned leaders have crossed that line.

Even under emergency orders, our rights to free speech and religious expression continue to exist. The state can never take these liberties from us. As the nation grapples with this unprecedented health crisis, I believe it is imperative that Americans remain vigilant against unnecessarily intrusive policies. Read more about my concerns regarding these pandemic safety policies in my op-ed featured in the Washington Examiner.

 


Holding Small Businesses Hostage

Several small business owners have reached out to me regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and how banks have informed them that all funds for the program have been exhausted. This is due to Senate Democrats who refuse to allow a standalone bill that will provide more funding for PPP to move forward without including unrelated provisions. We cannot allow our small businesses to suffer just for the sake of the Democrats' liberal policy agenda.

If you are a small business owner, who is currently being affected by this lack of funds and you feel comfortable sharing your story, please visit Rep. Steve Scalise’s website here.


Resources and Updates

The Paycheck Protection Program is not the only form of assistance available to small businesses. Governor Brian Kemp also has announced that Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration ensures that eligible small businesses across all of Georgia’s 159 counties can receive SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The EIDL loan program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profit organizations severely impacted by COVID-19.

There are also several resources for those affected by unemployment during this time. The CARES Act expanded benefits that you may eligible to receive should you find yourself in this difficult situation. These benefits are also included for self-employers or individual contractors.

For more information on available resources, visit my website, which now has page dedicated to Covid-19 resources and updates.


Who’s Funding W.H.O.?

Last Friday, I joined Fox New’s Martha MacCallum to discuss the latest with COVID-19 and share my thoughts on the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) role in all of this. Recently, President Trump announced that he would be halting W.H.O. funds from American taxpayers effective immediately. I applaud this decision, because now is the time to be putting America first - not a corrupt organization that has deceived us and the world.

Since December, the W.H.O. officials denied facts and failed to disclose life-saving information about the coronavirus, costing lives and put hundreds of thousands more at risk. Until we discover what happened and who is responsible for this recklessness, we should not be paying for the W.H.O.’s bills. It is critical that when Congress returns, we look into this mishandling.

To watch my interview with Martha MacCallum, click here.



Academy Appointment Accolades

I am thrilled to announce the appointments of seven Georgia students whom I nominated to the United States Service Academies for the Class of 2024.  Congratulations to Meredith Buchanan, Maggie Curran, Luke LeFort, Jamsen Mendoza, Michael Rogers, and Madison Zinn! These students are among the best that our nation has to offer and represent the next generation of military leaders. Click here to view a special message just for them.

I couldn’t be more proud of these hardworking students who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to serving their community and country. 

It is my privilege to nominate eligible students for consideration for appointment to the United States Military, Naval, Merchant Marine, and Air Force academies. Academy appointments entitle students to the equivalent of full undergraduate scholarships, and upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces.  Click here to learn more.



Final Call for Artwork: April 20th Deadline


If you are a high school student in the 10th District who wants to participate in the 2020 Congressional Art Contest, I encourage you to submit your artwork as soon as possible. Entries are due on Monday, April 20th. Submit a high-resolution photo of your artwork along with a signed student release form to Mark.Elliott@mail.house.gov. Artwork will be posted on my Facebook page, and the public will vote on its favorite piece.

While I’m disappointed that there won’t be a district reception this year, I am looking forward to sending the winning piece to Washington, D.C. to be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The national exhibit includes artwork from winners from across the country. Click here to view the current display from last year’s winning entries. Click here to access the student release form and competition guidelines.

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely, 
 
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In This Edition
- Hice Washington Examiner Opinion Piece
Holding Small Businesses Hostage
Resources and Updates
Who’s Funding W.H.O.?
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 Academy Appointment Accolades
Final Call for Artwork: April 20th Deadline
 
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