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Dingell Update: July 31

Washington, July 31, 2020
Here is an update for July 31st. 

Thought of the day: "Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

COVID-19 numbers are climbing in too many states in this country and so are Michigan’s numbers. Michigan reported 715 new cases and 19 deaths yesterday. Nationally, there were over 68,000 new cases. This is an uptick from the day before. Please wear your mask. Please be smart. 
Unemployment Benefits expire today. Rent and mortgages are due this weekend, and the Senate has adjourned for the weekend. The House passed a bill two months ago that would have extended the benefits. The Senate’s inaction has put the lives and wellbeing of millions of Americans at risk. People need help, not tone deaf Senators.
Yesterday, the House passed two amendments I led that will improve federal oversight, state cooperation, and emphasize existing laws to promote safe dam and hydropower projects. We all saw the devastation after the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam breaks. The monetary costs for the dam failures is estimated to be over $200 million and put thousands of people at risk. That’s why we need better dam safety and oversight. The Edenville dam and its operator, Boyce Hydro, had a long history of dam safety and compliance problems. The amendments now head to Conference Committee with the Senate. Will provide an update when we learn more. 

Today, the House will also approve a measure to double federal funding for the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House is nonprofit that provides free temporary lodging near hospitals so military and veteran families can be close to their loved ones while they seek medical treatment. There is one currently in Ann Arbor that’s provided incredible care to our veterans and their families. Caring for the families of our service members and veterans must always be a top priority.

Team Dingell is here seven days a week and wants to listen and help. It isn’t as smooth as we want on some issues, but we will never stop fighting for you. Call our office at 313-278-2936 or contact us through Facebook or our webpage.
 
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.

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
 
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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