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Coronavirus update: March 25, 2020

Washington, March 25, 2020
Here’s an update for Wednesday, March 25.
Thought of the day: Support each other, check in and do what we need to do. Remember my friend Rosie, ”WE CAN DO THIS.”
Last night, bipartisan Senate leadership agreed on a third coronavirus relief package deal that will double unemployment benefits for workers increase money for our hospitals on the front lines. The package will also help secure our economy, create a $367 billion loan program for small businesses, and prevent as many layoffs as possible. We are at war with an invisible enemy and this Senate package is an improvement towards the war-time levels of investment our nation needs. Our job in the House is to quickly but thoroughly review this next phase and move forward bold legislation that is desperately needed to protect the health and well-being of the American people.  
Tonight at 5:00pm I’m hosting my third telephone town hall to answer any questions you have on the new relief package agreed on by the Senate, resources available to you now, and the latest developments. On the call will also be experts from Beaumont Health and the SBA office in Detroit to answer your questions. I will remain available, even under these circumstances. We all need to understand what’s being done to help us get through this crisis. Sign up here.
Even though a wipe says it’s biodegradable doesn’t mean it can be flushed down the toilet. With everyone home we have seen a spike in these being flushed down the toilet which will cause blockages in sump pumps and pipes that are on septic systems. During this time, let’s make sure we stick to the 3 P’s of what goes in your toilet: Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper. 
The Department of Labor has released guidance of the new resources made available to help employers and employers impacted by the coronavirus. Please find them below. 

Employee Paid Leave Rights 

Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements

Frequently asked questions and answers

The Administration has released guidance for filing your taxes and for navigating your social security benefits during this unprecedented time. Please share this important update with family, friends, and colleagues. 
New information becomes available everyday. Below is a list of resources and information that can be helpful during this time. Please share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues. 
Coronavirus information

File for unemployment

Small Businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans

Navigating Social Security Benefits
School Based Food Service Interactive Map
Food Banks and Kitchens in Michigan's 12th Congressional District
Please everyone stay inside, it will save lives. We have a personal responsibility to protect others more vulnerable in our community. So stay home, read that book you’ve been looking at, clean your home, and stay safe. We must do this together.

Contact numbers for people looking for information are:
• Centers for Disease Control,, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)., Call 2-1-1 or 734-287-7870 from within Michigan to connect with help of all kinds including food, housing, healthcare, and more.
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