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05.22.20

More COVID-19 Tests Coming to Georgia

Folks, I've got some great news to share. The White House announced that Georgia has been awarded $260 million in federal funding to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the state. This funding was authorized through the CARES Act and is being distributed to the state right now. Testing is a critical element of our phased approach to get America back to work. The awarded funds will be used to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as help trace contact-… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Here's how we beat COVID-19

Friend, The way we can beat COVID-19 once and for all is to develop safe, effective, and affordable vaccines and treatments. The Trump Administration just announced Operation Warp Speed, which aims to have treatments and vaccines widely available to all Americans by January 2021. This initiative will bring the very best of the public and private sectors together to accelerate COVID-19 countermeasures. Operation Warp Speed will be carried out in three ways: Development: Supports the most p… Continue Reading


05.16.20

Getting back to work safely

Last month, President Trump laid out a three-phased approach for how we can gradually reopen our economy while continuing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe. We're currently entering the first phase of this approach, meaning more Americans can finally get back to work However, the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet. As we gradually reopen our economy, we still have to practice social distancing, expand testing, and boost our healthcare resources. I recently wrote an op-… Continue Reading


05.13.20

Reinforcements for Healthcare Workers

Friend, Our country has had a shortage of doctors and nurses for many years, and the COVID-19 crisis has only made these shortages worse. I recently introduced the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act to give healthcare workers some reinforcements. This bill will ensure that we have 25,000 more nurses and 15,000 more doctors on hand to help keep people safe. Check out my video about this bill by clicking here or on the image below. To learn more about the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Ac… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Helping each other

Friend, These are tough times, but people all across our state are stepping up to help each other get through it. Here are a few examples of Georgians helping Georgians: 1. Wade's Dry Cleaners, a family-owned business in Columbus, has switched its operationsto produce protective equipment for local healthcare providers. As a result, they have been able to retain all 120 of their employees. 2. At Georgia Southern University, faculty, staff, and students have been using the school's 3D prin… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Helping our healthcare workers

Today is the start of Nurse Appreciation Week. This year, we should be especially grateful for their sacrifice during the COVID-19 crisis. However, a growing nurse and doctor shortage in our country is forcing these healthcare workers to put in grueling hours, come out of retirement, and put themselves at even greater risk to keep Americans safe. Yesterday, we introduced a bipartisan bill to give healthcare workers some backup. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act will: Bring an additi… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Our military is still keeping us safe

Friend, There is a lot of uncertainty right now, but one thing hasn't changed: the steadfast resolve of the United States military. This week, I toured Fort Benning with the Secretary of the Army to observe how our military has adapted to keep personnel safe while maintaining readiness during this COVID-19 crisis. Read about my visit here. What I saw at Fort Benning was totally impressive. The military has found a way to carry out their mission while using screening, testing, and social … Continue Reading


04.29.20

Expanding COVID-19 Tests

Friend, As we start planning how to safely and responsibly reopen America's economy, one of the most important steps we can take is to dramatically expand our testing capabilities. This week, the White House Coronavirus Task Force released a blueprint for how to expand testing: Unleash the power of the private sector to develop new testing technologies. Boost resources and capacity for laboratories handling COVID-19 tests. Develop techniques for monitoring potential new outbreaks. Cre… Continue Reading


04.25.20

Georgians Helping Georgians

Friend, The American people are better than anyone at facing big challenges. During this COVID-19 crisis, people across our country and state are stepping up to help each other. Here are a few encouraging stories I wanted to share with you: Chick fil-A is donating over $10 million-worth of food for first responders, healthcare workers, school systems, and others who need it most. Over 5,000 meals have already been delivered right here in Georgia. Boys and Girls Clubs across our state… Continue Reading


04.24.20

More relief for small businesses

Friend, The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small businesses stay open and pay their employees during this COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, due to high demand, this program ran out of funding last week. Now, more relief for small businesses is on the way. Yesterday, Congress passed a bill that will provide $310 billion in additional funds to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. It also includes: $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers. $25 billion t… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Keep your money safe

Friend, Economic relief payments for eligible Americans have started going out, both through direct deposit and physical checks. Unfortunately, scammers may try to steal your money and your personal information. I wanted to pass along a few tips to help you avoid potential scams and keep your money safe. No matter what, the IRS will NEVER: Email you Call you before contacting you by mail Ask you to provide personal or financial information Make threats to suspend your Social Security… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Exciting announcements for Georgia

Friend, To get through the COVID-19 crisis, we are working hard to make sure state and local officials have the resources they need to keep everyone safe and protect our economic security. Here are three exciting announcements impacting Georgia that I didn't want you to miss: More funding for public safety needs. The Department of Justice announced that Georgia will receive nearly $16 million to provide overtime pay and personal protective equipment for first responders. These heroes put th… Continue Reading


04.15.20

Relief is on the way

Friend, The COVID-19 public health crisis has created an economic crisis in our country, making it harder for many Americans to pay for basic necessities. I've got good news: help is on the way right now. This week, the Treasury Department announced that relief payments for eligible Americans have started going out. If you're signed up for direct deposit with the IRS (for instance, if your latest tax refund was deposited in your checking account), you should receive your payment as soon as … Continue Reading


04.12.20

Happy Easter

Friend, Happy Easter. Today, we are reminded that light triumphs over darkness. History has shown us that amid our pain and suffering there is still hope and joy to get us through difficult times. Faith is born out of struggle, and during this period of uncertainty I encourage us all to take time to pause and trust that better days are ahead. This year, unfortunately, many of us are unable to celebrate Easter with our families, friends, and congregations due to COVID-19. However, we can take… Continue Reading


04.10.20

Three things

Friend, Here's three things that happened this week that I didn't want you to miss: 1. Relief for small businesses available now Small businesses who are struggling to pay their employees can now apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides up to $10 million dollars in loans to businesses with under 500 employees. These loans are entirely forgivable if used for payroll, rent, interest on a mortgage, or utilities, as long as 75% of the money is used for payroll. After reques… Continue Reading


04.05.20

5 encouraging stories

Friend, It's encouraging to see so many Georgians stepping up to support their communities during this challenging time. I wanted to share five uplifting stories from this week: 1. Georgia Tech and Coca-Cola teamed up to produce 50,000 surgical shields for Atlanta hospitals. 2. Augusta National donated $2 million to support coronavirus testing and relief. 3. Delta announced it would offer free flights to medical volunteers traveling to fight COVID-19. 4. Nine Line Apparel in Savannah put … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Relief for small businesses available TODAY

Friend, Right now, many businesses, especially small businesses, are struggling to make payroll for their employees. The CARES Act, which President Trump signed last week, created the Paycheck Protection Program. This program provides $349 billion in loans to help businesses pay their employees and remain solvent throughout this crisis. Small businesses can now apply for the Paycheck Protection Program! Here's what you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program: Offers up to eight… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Good News for Social Security Recipients

Friend, Recently, President Trump signed the CARES Act authorizing direct payments of $1,200 for eligible Americans. However, there has been some confusion over whether Social Security beneficiaries who do not typically file tax returns would need to file a tax return in order to receive the payment. Good news: all eligible Social Security beneficiaries will receive this direct payment. This week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that all eligible Social Security beneficiaries,… Continue Reading


04.02.20

COVID-19 Resource Guides

Friend, I know it can be difficult to navigate the various resources that are currently available at the state and federal level. That's why I wanted to share two COVID-19 resource guides that include information about the relief bills passed by Congress and what assistance you may be eligible for at this time. Federal & State Resource Guide Business & Individual Resource Guide My goal is to cut through any bureaucracy and get relief to Georgians as quickly as possible. We are… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Here’s how workers can keep getting paychecks

Friend, I wanted to share my recent op-ed about the economic impact of COVID-19 in the Washington Examiner. Right now, the coronavirus outbreak is creating an economic crisis in our country. Businesses large and small are losing access to liquidity, making it harder for them to continue paying their employees and stay solvent. I recently laid out my plan to provide liquidity to businesses. The steps outlined below will ensure businesses can continue supporting their workers and the U.S. ec… Continue Reading

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