Dingell Update: July 22, 2020
Washington, July 22, 2020
Here is an update for July 22nd.
Thought of the day: “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” – Congressman John Lewis
On Tuesday, Michigan reported 573 new cases of COVID-19. Cases are continuing to rise, especially among young people. This is the 11th time in July that new cases in Michigan have surpassed 500. Nationally, our country added over 65,000 new cases. We need to stop this uptick of cases. Wear your mask, we all must do our part, and remember this virus can touch anyone.
This week, negotiations are underway in the Senate on the next COVID-19 relief package. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were on the Senate side yesterday for meetings on the bill. Remember, during all this, the House passed an additional relief package, the Heroes Act, months ago. The Senate is now just getting to their business. People are scared and need to feel safe, and we must act with urgency to provide additional relief for workers, families, and frontline workers.
Today is a very important day on two fronts in Washington. First, the House will vote today on the NO BAN Act to overturn the President’s hateful Muslim Travel Ban. Policies like the Muslim Travel Ban have no place in the United States. It disrespects our Freedom of Religion and is unconstitutional. National security experts have been clear that the Muslim Ban has made our country less safe. My district is home to the largest Arab population in the United States. My constituents fled war and violence in their home countries and their families still experience it daily. The Muslim Travel Ban keeps these families separated while it runs contrary to our values as Americans. I am proud to send a strong message that we will not allow fear and hatred to divide us.
We will also vote on the Great Outdoors Act which is an effort John Dingell actually started in the 90’s and has tried to get passed for decades. This bill provides full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), landmark conservation legislation that John helped establish in 1964. Among other things, the LWCF has protected Michigan’s critical natural resources – including the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge – while supporting local economies, creating jobs, and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation. John would be so proud to see today’s bill advance to the President’s desk after it passes the House.
New information becomes available every day. 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. Remember, stay home, stay safe, save lives.
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
Contact numbers for people looking for information are:
• Centers for Disease Control, cdc.gov/coronavirus, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
• Michigan.gov/coronavirus, or 888-535-6136.
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