Congresswoman Beatty Holds Daylong Series of Coronavirus Conference Calls
COLUMBUS, OH—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) hosted a series of coronavirus (COVID-19) conference calls yesterday to update constituents, community leaders, and stakeholders across all industries on her work to address the ongoing public health crisis and to discuss how best to coordinate response efforts.
“As the federal, state, and local governments respond to this pandemic, it is important for Members of Congress to have a pulse on what is and, most importantly, what is not working,” Beatty said during the evening’s stakeholder call. “I have also heard from many across Ohio’s Third Congressional District about what you need, and I can assure you I will always fight for my constituents, keeping them first in everything that I do.”
Over the course of the day, Beatty and her staff fielded a variety of questions and spoke with participants about numerous proposals, issues, and concerns. Many callers wanted to know about the availability of and how to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, in addition to other economic relief programs and direct payments they may be eligible to receive to help make ends meet. Several government officials and community leaders were particularly concerned about the depleted income tax revenue base and the financial strains it is placing on critical day-to-day government and emergency operations. Finally, there was a lot of focus on the need to increase funding for hospitals, healthcare workers, first responders and those working on the front lines; toward securing more personal protective equipment (PPE) and expanding COVID-19 testing; and continuing critical healthcare services for patients with and without the virus.
In the morning, Beatty convened a COVID-19 response call with healthcare leaders. She spoke with Jewish stakeholders and Somali constituents and entrepreneurs in the afternoon, and she concluded the day with a community conference call with small business owners, communities of faith, housing organizations, government officials, and nonprofits.
Beatty previously hosted a community stakeholder call on March 13th, a telephone town hall with constituents on March 27th, and a call with municipality mayors on April 6th.