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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Addressing Constituents’ Coronavirus Concerns: Congressional Update

May 2, 2020
Announcements

Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic touched our country’s shores, more than 60,000 of our fellow Americans have died, over one million have contracted the virus, and some 30 million workers have filed for unemployment—including more than one million Ohioans— in the last six weeks. I believe we are still in the midst of a public health crisis, yet several states, including the State of Ohio, are beginning to open up businesses and considering rolling back stay-at-home orders. For more information on the Buckeye State’s plan of action, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website

Like you, I am eager to get back to ‘business as usual,’ but as the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District, my number one priority is the health and well-being of my constituents (as I have said over and over again). With that in mind, I sent a letter to Governor Mike DeWine detailing ongoing issues of concern for many of you in advance of his Responsible Restart Ohio initiative.

In addition to the DeWine letter, I signed on to my 100th (and counting) COVID-19-related congressional letter this week. Highlights of the letters and bills I support include:

  • Letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin immediately developing an aggressive, detailed testing strategy.

  • Letters to House Leadership granting hazard pay and other workplace supports to frontline healthcare workers and federal frontline employees. 

  • Original cosponsor of Supporting State and Local Leaders Act, H.R. 6643, a bill to allow state and local governments and other public institutions to get payroll tax credits for paid family leave, like the CARES Act did for private employers 

  • Original cosponsor of the Health Equity and Accountability Act, H.R. 6637. The piece of legislation would establish a series of programs and requirements relating to the health of minority populations, including provisions to improve data collection, health literacy, health workforce diversity, and overall access to healthcare.

  • Original cosponsor of the Domestic Violence Public Health Emergency Guidance Act, H.R. 6633, a measure to direct the Attorney General to work with HHS to provide best practices and other supports to state and local law enforcement on domestic violence during stay-at-home orders.

  • Cosponsored the COVID-19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act of 2020, H.R. 6414, to provide funds for states and localities to test the prison population and to facilitate the release of nonviolent offenders.

  • Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urging better Medicaid guidance on minority communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  

  • Letter to the Federal Communications Commission to support Lifeline program access to newly eligible SNAP beneficiaries.

To view past weekly updates, see the Beatty Weekly COVID-19 Updates section on my Coronavirus Resource Page.

My work for the people continues, especially on helping to craft the next coronavirus response package. I am particular focused on providing more targeted, direct assistance to individuals and working families struggling to make ends meet and to truly small and minority-owned businesses, as well as expanding COVID-19 testing further. I will be sure to keep you updated as the process moves forward.

In the meantime, thank you for everything that you are doing to #FlattenTheCurve. It is an honor to be your voice in Congress.