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Dingell Update: September 8, 2020

Here is an update for September 8.

Thought of the day: "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

Michigan reported 1,153 positive cases. I will be watching these numbers closely over the coming weeks as concerns about Labor Day parties, going back to school, and other compounding factors could lead to dramatic spikes. Now is the time to be as dedicated as ever to wearing masks, keeping physically distance and limiting exposure. What we do now will define how the next few months will go.

Nine vaccine makers signed a safety pledge to commit to developing and testing their products with high ethical standards and sound science. Having a vaccine is a critical tool, but having a safe vaccine is essential. We must not rush a product to market that hasn’t been tested thoroughly to know about side effects and efficacy. Transparency and testing are keys to safe vaccine.

On Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Committee will be hard at work marking up more than 3 dozen bills – most of them bipartisan – including two I wrote. One is a bipartisan bill I introduced with Republican Representative David McKinley to end pill dumping and bring accountability to suspicious orders of controlled substances. This commonsense, straightforward bill helps pharmacists and others be active partners in addressing how many opioids are distributed in our communities. My second bipartisan bill being marked up removes barriers by the federal government that prevent legitimate medical research on cannabis. Medical research helps us better understand the effects.

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

Arabic language resources مصادر اللغة العربية
• عزل COVID-19 والحجر الصحي
• صحيفة وقائع COVID-19
• COVID-19 ما تحتاج إلى معرفته عن
• اغسل يديك
Contact numbers for people looking for information are:
• Centers for Disease Control,, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)., or 888-535-6136.

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