Governor Kemp’s Townhall
Dear Friends,

At 8:00 p.m. this evening, Governor Brian Kemp will be holding a statewide town hall to discuss the coronavirus outbreak with Georgians. TV and radio stations across the state will be broadcasting the event live. You can also tune-in to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). To find your local GPB station, click HERE.

As we continue to combat the invisible enemy of coronavirus, there are countless healthcare workers, medical professionals, and first responders working tirelessly day in and out to respond to the growing number of cases. Their sacrifices and heroism are indicative of what make our country great and resilient.

Without their commitment to patients, our situation would be significantly more dire. They are the ones keeping us safe in dark and uncertain times. These men and women are working 80-plus hours a week, and their compassion and willingness to consistently go the extra mile sets them apart.


Hice Headliner

This week we honor Lee Walden as the “Hice Headliner” for the month of March. As a Registered Nurse for 15 years, Lee cares for the sick and injured in the emergency room of University Hospital McDuffie. For Lee, it’s not just a job. It’s his passion. His colleagues describe him as kind, hardworking, and a man with genuine care for his patients. While many of shelter in place through the pandemic, medical professionals, like Lee, continue to battle on the frontlines against coronavirus and other diseases. Thank you to Lee and all healthcare workers faithfully serving our communities each day.

Every month, we recognize one outstanding local citizen who goes above and beyond to help their neighbors and strengthen our community. To nominate an exceptional individual who is making a positive impact in your community, please send an email to Jessica.Hayes@mail.house.gov.


Senate Stimulus Package

Late last night, the Senate voted 96-0 to pass the largest emergency aid package in American history to stem the economic damage caused by coronavirus. As you may already know, this is the third relief bill – and the first and second phase bills have already been signed into law by President Trump. This third bill is massive but I want to touch on a couple of important areas.

The bill provides much needed relief for American families. Under this legislation, direct payments will be sent to individuals and families: $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for couples, and $500 per child for those with incomes at or below $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of households, and $150,000 for joint filers. Payments are phased out above those thresholds until phased out completely for single taxpayers with incomes exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers.

Furthermore, the bill will significantly boost unemployment insurance benefits, both expanding eligibility and offering workers an additional $600 a week for four months on top of what state unemployment already provides. This ensures Americans will have four-months’ worth of income if they are furloughed or lose their job due to the pandemic. The bill also creates an employee retention tax credit to incentivize businesses to keep workers on their payroll during the crisis.

This third package also provides unprecedented support for American small businesses. Over $350 billion of emergency relief in the form of federally guaranteed loans will be provided to small businesses that have been forced to close their doors because of coronavirus. Larger and medium-sized businesses will also benefit from a $500 billion corporate liquidity program to be operated by the Federal Reserve. This funding will help businesses keep employees on the payroll so that Americans will have jobs to return to when we reopen the country.

Also contained in the legislation is $100 billion of funding for hospitals and medical providers to continue operations through the pandemic. $16 billion is provided to the Strategic National Stockpile to procure personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other medical supplies.

You know that I am a fiscal conservative. It’s one of the reasons you sent me to Washington. I have deep concerns of how this new $2 trillion of federal spending will impact the federal deficit and our national debt. As we wait for the House to vote on this package, I will continue to analyze the legislation. I have come across several concerning provisions that Democrats managed to stick into the bill – which cost the nation precious days while Democrats stalled and played hard-nosed political games. These pet projects have no reasonable rationale for being included in an emergency funding package: $75 million for public broadcasting, $88 million for the Peace Corps, and $25 million for the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, to name a few. 

The House is expected to consider this legislation tomorrow morning. To stay informed, I encourage you to follow my social media accounts. It is widely expected that this bill will pass the House and that President Trump will sign it into law. Once enacted, I hope that the critical funding provided in this bill will begin to have an immediate impact on our virus response efforts and the economy.


SBA Loans

Over the past weeks, I’ve heard from many of you with concerns on the coronavirus’s impact on your small business. It is vital that we protect America’s small businesses – they are the backbone and pride of the American economy.

Last week, Governor Kemp announced that the Small Business Administration has declared they will be assisting impacted small businesses across all Georgia’s 159 counties.

If you have a small business and are in need of economic relief, I encourage you to apply! These loans are available for both small businesses and non-profit organizations. The terms for the loans will be established on a case by case basis. Information on SBA loans can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance should you have any questions regarding these loans.


Congressional Art Competition

With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. 

This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.


Combatting Fake News and Rumors

As we continue working to find solutions, we must be vigilant of rumors and fake news that constantly swamp the internet and social media. In times of uncertainty, misinformation can cause panic within our communities. That’s why it is essential that we are proactive in sharing only verified information regarding the response to coronavirus.

To help you distinguish between rumors and facts, FEMA has created a Rumor Control page on FEMA.gov. You can help control the spread of rumors by sharing its page: fema.gov/coronavirus. Also, check the sources of information you see about the virus by seeking out trusted, verified sources like www.coronavirus.gov. Everyone can do their part to stop the spread of disinformation by doing these three things: don’t believe rumors, don’t pass them along, and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts.

Of course, my team and I will continue to provide you with the latest information on COVID-19. Additionally, I encourage that you also check CDC, HHS, and Governor Kemp’s websites for the most up-to-date information.

As always please feel to reach out to myself or my staff with any questions that you have. Our contact information can be found here.

Sincerely,

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Governor Kemp’s Townhall
Hice Headliner
Senate Stimulus Package
SBA Loans
Congressional Art Competition
Combatting Fake News and Rumors
 
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With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

 

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.

With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

 

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.

With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

 

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.

With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

 

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.

With schools transitioning classes to online platforms and students staying at home, my staff and I have decided toextend the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition to Monday, April 20. This nationwide high school arts competition is an opportunity for me to showcase student artwork to the community and feature one, special piece to represent our district in our Nation’s capital. High school students may submit their best piece of art to Greensboro City Hall or one of my district offices in Monroe, Milledgeville, and Thomson.

 

For more information on the competition guidelines, visit my website here.