We are expecting a vote soon in the Senate on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third coronavirus relief package providing emergency aid for American workers, families, small businesses, and hospitals.
An unprecedented global health and economic crisis requires unprecedented aid for Americans hardest hit by coronavirus. Preventing the spread of this disease has upended families and businesses at no fault of their own. The CARES Act fulfills our responsibility in Congress to create a path towards economic recovery and provides lifesaving resources for healthcare workers and hospitals.
We will not stop fighting this virus until it is defeated and the CARES Act puts us closer to achieving that goal. Copied below is a brief outline of what is included in the CARES Act:
What Wyoming Small Businesses Need To Know:
Copied below is important information for Wyoming small business owners who have questions about the financial aid included in the CARES Act.
Wyoming small businesses impacted by coronavirus have received final federal approval to seek loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
SBA has added all 23 Wyoming counties to it’s list of designated “economic disaster” regions eligible for small business disaster loan assistance.
To apply for a SBA Federal Disaster Loan, click on the following link: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
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It’s understandable that many Americans are eager to get back to work and restart the economy. However, there will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus.
It is critical that all Americans continue to follow CDC guidance and practice social distancing and isolate as much as possible. Click here to watch members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force discuss safety guidance for all Americans.
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control: Myth Of The Day
Due to the large amount of speculation regarding coronavirus, this is a reminder to rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. Help control the spread of rumors by sharing this page: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
MYTH: I need to stockpile as many groceries and supplies as I can.
FACT: Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock. Please only buy what your family needs for a week. It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products.
Latest Updates From The White House Coronavirus Task Force
The White House has made several important announcements this week at briefings with the Coronavirus Task Force:
Public-Private Partnerships Helping To Increase Medical Resources
The President announced that through FEMA, more than eight million N-95 respirators and 14 million surgical masks are being distributed across the country. He also reported that 2.4 million face shields, 1.9 million surgical gowns, 13.5 million gloves and more than 4,000 ventilators have been sent to the areas of greatest need, and that 4,000 more ventilators are being delivered to New York. President Trump continued to highlight how the federal government is partnering with the private sector to combat this crisis:
The Wall Street Journal (Editorial): “Private Industry Mobilizes Against the Coronavirus”
Continued Expansion of Coronavirus Testing
Vice President Pence talked about the strides being made when it comes to testing thanks to the unprecedented public and private partnership that the President initiated with commercial labs, and reported that 313,000 have now been completed.
Preventing Price Gouging
This week, President Trump announced that he signed an executive order to prevent price gouging and hoarding of medical supplies.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney