Congresswoman Beatty Continues Work to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the federal government, State of Ohio, and communities across Ohio’s Third Congressional District continue their response efforts to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I want to update you today on my latest work in Congress and Central Ohio to address this public health crisis in a smart, strategic, and serious manner.
On March 11th, as the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified COVID-19 a “pandemic,” I was already hard at work with my Financial Services Subcommittee and Task Force chairs in drafting letters to federal banking regulators, the U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and federal enforcement agencies to inquire about their response to COVID-19 and to urge they do everything possible to protect American consumers and hardworking families from the economic fallout of the virus. Two days later, I called on the U.S. Census Bureau to take the necessary steps to ensure an accurate count. Later that same week, I implored the U.S. Senate to include $5 billion in federal funds in any future coronavirus legislation to assist homeless shelters and individuals at-risk of homelessness and, along with members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, requested coronavirus tests and federal assistance for Central Ohio organizations at the frontline of our State’s effort to combat COVID-19.
I am also in the process of drafting and signing on to other important congressional letters and pieces of legislation, such as:
- Letter to Congressional leaders on reauthorizing Community Health Centers to help address the coronavirus;
- Ohio Delegation letter to White House Coronavirus Task Force on the Ohio biotech industry’s expertise;
- Letter to House Democratic Leadership putting workers first and creating guardrails on any bailouts in a coronavirus package;
- Letter to House Leadership on ensuring student loan forbearance is included in any future coronavirus package;
- Letter to Congressional leaders on including independent contractors, the self-employed, and gig workers in a coronavirus aid package;
- Letter to House Rules Committee to institute temporary remote voting in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Coronavirus Pandemic; and
- Cosponsoring the proposed P.A.I.D. Leave Act that creates an emergency 14-day sick leave program during public emergencies and a permanent 7-day paid leave program beginning in 2022.
Finally, with Congress now drafting a third coronavirus response funding bill, my priorities include:
- Immediate cash payments to affected families and individuals who qualify to get $2,000 and $1,000 for each child.
- Food for seniors and families—allow exemptions to use EBT at restaurants in food deserts.
- Ensure that federal stimulus supports do not count as assets to negatively affect other federal programs (i.e. Medicaid, SNAP, etc.)
- Extend eligibility to independent contractors and 1099 filers to access unemployment insurance benefits and small business loans, particularly African-American and female businesses.
- Create a $50 billion small business lending program for small businesses and independent contractors that offers 0 percent interest, forgivable loans for missed revenue.
- Temporarily suspend consumer loan payments for families, so they can keep more of what money they have coming in.
- Provide increased funding, at least $3 billion, to the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), to stabilize minority-owned businesses across the nation.
- $5 billion in additional funds for the McKinney-Vento Emergency Solutions Grant Program to provide formula grants to states, large cities, and counties to fund rapid re-housing, prevention programs, and emergency shelters.
- Reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative. This provision would provide $10B to assist in the recovery post-pandemic.
- Moratorium on evictions and foreclosures because taking away a roof over a family's head will only add to the public health crisis.
- 100 percent year-to-date payroll tax rebates for small businesses.
- Expand the SBA 7(a) loan guaranty disaster relief program to support small businesses in need of immediate cash flow.
- Ensure that relief covers non-profit organizations.
Please be assured that I will keep you updated on the latest developments, and I promise to continue to do all I can as your Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District to preserve public health and safety and ensure that no one is left out who needs assistance during this crisis.
As always, stay healthy and stay safe.