Updates from Rep. Dean Phillips

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Rep. Phillips is monitoring the developing situation closely, working together with Minnesota and federal officials to ensure transparency, and remains committed to tackling this threat in a unified, nonpartisan manner. When he's not on a phone call or video conference with Minnesota and national leaders, superintendents, small business owners, first responders, health care workers or constituents, Rep. Phillips is laser-focused on the mission to get us through this as healthy, economically sound, and prepared for the future as possible. All are welcome to continue sharing ideas, stories, and criticisms with Rep. Phillips and his team. We are here to help, and we shall overcome - together.

 

Coronavirus Legislative Updates: 

April 14, 2020: Rep. Phillips introduced legislation to ensure that every voter is informed how to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 14, 2020: Reps. Phillips, Amash, and Malinowski introduced a one-sentence House resolution affirming that U.S. presidents do not have total authority. 

April 9, 2020: Rep. Phillips and a bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the SBA and Treasury Department to improve PPP loan forgiveness flexibility for small businesses and provide additional guidance on rehiring

April 7, 2020: Rep. Phillips co-sponsored the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, legislation to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities and towns across the United States that are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2020: Rep. Phillips called on the SBA to update the definition of “small business” to include start-ups so that these companies can access relief included in $2.2 trillion CARES Act and introduced the bipartisan New Business Preservation Act

April 3, 2020: Rep. Phillips helped introduce the bipartisan Made in America Emergency Prapareness Act.

April 2, 2020: Rep. Phillips urged Congressional leaders to include a repeal of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions in the next phase of legislation addressing the COVID-19 crisis.

March 31, 2020: Rep. Phillips helps to introduce H.R. 6420, the All Dependent Children Count Act, which would expand the definition of a dependent for the Recovery Rebates for Individual sections of the CARES Act to include: children younger than 19, students 24 and younger and no age limit for dependents who are disabled. 

March 28, 2020: Rep. Phillips responded to the President's rejection of oversight language in the CARES Act relief package. 

March 27, 2020: Rep. Phillips co-sponsored bipartisan H.Res. 913, recognizing the contributions of frontline workers and essential critical-infrastructure personnel and reaffirms the responsibility of Congress to meet the needs of such workers with respect to personal protective equipment and necessary tools to safely carry out their jobs.

March 27, 2020: Rep. Phillips returned to Washington to ensure that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passes. The relief package, including oversight language from Rep. Phillips's COVID-19 COP Act, was signed into law. 

March 26, 2020: Rep. Phillips co-sponsored H.R. 6397, the Coronavirus Emergency Student Loan Refinancing Actlegislation to allow student loan borrowers to take advantage of record-low yields on 10-year Treasury notes and refinance their loans down to lower rates, in turn lowering monthly payments.

March 24, 2020: Rep. Phillips co-sponsored HR 6390, the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, requiring the President to implement DPA and federalize the manufacturing and distribution of in-demand medical supplies in order to end the need for states and thousands of hospitals to compete against each other during the COVID-19 crisis. 

March 24, 2020: Rep. Phillips urged Vice President Mike Pence to establish two temporary task forces to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. One to expedite the development of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure any expedited treatment programs, and a second to address severe medical supply shortages across the country.

March 23, 2020: Rep. Phillips introduced the bipartisan COVID-19 C.O.P. Act to mandate congressional oversight of massive stimulus spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout to ensure that taxpayer money is spent efficiently, transparently, and equitably. 

March 23, 2020: Rep. Phillips called on House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern to allow remote voting by Mmembers of the House during national emergencies.

March 22, 2020: Rep. Phillips and joined members of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to expedite delivery of critical medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile—including ventilators, masks, shoe covers, gowns, and gloves to help health care professionals across the state respond to COVID-19 pandemic

March 20, 2020: Rep. Phillips and the Minnesota Congressional Delegation announced that the SBA agreed to is offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital across Minnesota. 

March 20, 2020: Rep. Phillips teamed up with Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) to support restaurants, groceries, and small businesses by calling on House leaders to correct a longstanding error in the 2016 tax bill. 

March 20, 2020: Rep. Phillips joined a bipartisan letter to top U.S. trade officials and the Department of Defense urging them to employ existing trade relationships to help prevent looming shortages of key medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) during the ongoing novel COVID-19 pandemic.

March 20, 2020: Rep. Phillips and 66 other lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express concern over the lack of assistance being provided to American citizens stranded abroad as they try to return home to the United States amidst the rapid spread of COVID-19.

March 19, 2020: Rep. Phillips and the entire Minnesota Congressional Delegation urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for Minnesota businesses following significant economic impacts from the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic.

March 18, 2020: Rep. Phillips signed on to a letter urging Congressional leaders to include provisions in the next coronavirus supplemental to address the immediate needs of independent contractors and gig workers.

March 17, 2020: Rep. Phillips and the entire Minnesota Congressional Delegation spoke in one unified voice to the people of Minnesota to follow recommendations from the CDC and work with local officials to keep our state healthy and safe.

March 16, 2020: Rep. Phillips hosted a free and open-to-the-public Coronavirus Briefing Call with public health experts to answer Minnesotans' questions about COVID-19.

March 15, 2020: Rep. Phillips and the Minnesota Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Vice President Pence calling on the Administration to provide critical assistance to the State of Minnesota in its efforts to respond to and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 13, 2020: Rep. Phillips announced plans to continue serving Minnesotans while shifting his offices to a safe teleworking model. 

March 13, 2020: Rep. Phillips voted for the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act to require free access to COVID-19 testing and provide paid leave to impacted employees. 

March 11, 2020: Rep. Phillips co-sponsored H.R. 6202, the Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters ActThis legislation addresses the threat COVID-19 poses to 2020 elections by requiring states and localities to create and administer plans to operate their elections in the event of quarantines advised by public health and government officials and requires states to offer all voters the ability to vote by absentee ballot if a quarter of the states have declared an emergency related to COVID-19, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster.

March 6, 2020: Rep. Phillips launched an online Coronavirus Information Center and the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnesota

March 4, 2020: Rep. Phillips voted for the bipartisan Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 to provide $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding for federal, state, and local responses to COVID-19.

March 3, 2020: Rep. Phillips and members of the Problem Solvers Caucus met with Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx at the White House to discuss the federal response to COVID-19.

February 28, 2020: Rep. Phillips questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about American coronavirus preparedness and funding. 

January 27, 2020: Rep. Phillips sent a letter to the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting information about contingency plans for air travel restrictions related to the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.