“As your representative, I want to ensure you have the most up to date information on the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and the steps being taken at the federal and state level to keep people safe. It is important that people have access to accurate information and are aware of the resources available to them.
If all of us do our part in addressing this public health challenge we can minimize its negative effects. You have my pledge that I will continue to do what I can as your federal representative in Congress. ” – Rep. Paul Mitchell
The Latest Updates
- On September 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced they would implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 will be accepting applications from September 21 to December 11, 2020. To find more information, click here
- The IRS is reopening the registration period for eligible federal beneficiaries who didn't receive the $500 per child Economic Impact Payments earlier this year. This tool is available August 15th thru Sept. 30th. For more information, click here. .
- Michigan has a tool for finding COVID-19 testing sites near you. To locate a COVID-19 testing site, click here.
- On June 1, Governor Whitmer rescinded part of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order. To read the full order, click here.
Coronavirus Legislation & Resource Guide
As coronavirus has consumed the news and our daily lives, finding consolidated information on legislative responses and resources can be challenging.
That's why I'm pleased to share with you a Coronavirus Legislation and Resource Guide to help navigate the legislation passed by Congress so far and what it means for you. This guide also contains links to the various new programs and resources that aim to provide relief for individuals, families, and businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. You can download the guide here or below.
Mitchell Actions on COVID-19
I’m staying up-to-date on the actions being taken at the federal, state, and local levels to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the actions I’ve taken to date to support Michiganders during this time:
- Sent a letter with members of the Michigan delegation expressing our concern over Governor Whitmer's expanded executive order (Executive Order 2020-42). You can read the full letter here, and view my statement on the order here.
- Hosted a telephone town hall to to discuss the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic and recap new programs available to help our communities. If you missed my tele-town hall, you can listen to the recording here.
- Sent four newsletters to folks in the district with various Coronavirus updates and resources. To view these newsletters, visit my newsletters page.
- Hosted webinars for small businesses and local elected officials in the Thumb to make them aware of the resources the CARES Act provides for addressing the Coronavirus. You can find the small business webinar here, and the elected officials webinar here.
- Voted yes on all three Coronavirus relief packages. You can read my statement on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here. You can also read my statement and watch my remarks on the House floor on the CARES Act here.
- All of these bills were signed by the President and became law.
- Cosponsored H.Res. 913, a resolution expressing support for the frontline workers and essential critical-infrastructure personnel and reaffirms Congress’ responsibility to meet the needs of these workers. Read the full resolution here.
- Joined my colleagues in the Michigan delegation in sending a letter to Vice President Pence urging him to increase the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing materials available in our state. You can read the full letter here.
- Joined my Michigan colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump in support of Michigan’s request for activating the Michigan National Guard under Title 32 status to assist in COVID-19 related humanitarian missions (troops are being used to support civil authorities, and are not performing law enforcement functions). You can read the full letter here.
- On March 30, President Trump Authorized Michigan’s request for Title 32 status Guard personnel.
- Under this status, troops are commanded by the Governor of Michigan but are paid for primarily by the federal government.
- Sent two letters urging Secretary Mnuchin to extend the tax filing deadline in order to give Americans greater flexibility. You can read the first letter here, and the second letter here.
- On March 20, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced this year’s tax filing deadline moved from April 15 to July 15, giving people and businesses an extra 90 days to file their taxes.
- Joined the Michigan delegation in sending a letter to the Small Business Administration urging them to approve Michigan’s request for an Economic Injury Disaster declaration. You can read the full letter here.
- The SBA issued an economic injury disaster declaration for Michigan on March 19, 2020.
- Sent a letter with the Michigan delegation to President Trump in support of Governor Whitmer’s major disaster declaration for the state of Michigan to make additional resources available to mitigate the pandemic. You can read the full letter here.
- On March 28, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Michigan.
Phase One: H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental
- Congress passed on a bipartisan basis and the President signed a $8.3 billion supplemental spending bill to ensure our nation is prepared for a disease outbreak and emerging health threats abroad. This bill directs funds for purchasing essential equipment and supplies, assisting state and local health departments, making diagnostic tests more broadly available, and accelerating the development of a vaccine. These are just some of the provisions included to address the developing situation. To read a summary of the supplemental spending bill, click here.
Phase Two: H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Congress passed and the President signed the second Coronavirus response bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This package bolsters unemployment insurance, provides emergency nutritional assistance for vulnerable Americans, ensures free COVID-19 testing for all Americans, and requires paid sick leave for impacted workers, among other provisions. For a summary of the bill, click here.
Phase Three: H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support (CARES) Act
- Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support (CARES) Act. This relief bill is the third legislative package to support families, workers, and small businesses who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act provides grants and loans to small businesses, sends direct checks to individuals up to $1,200, and rushes resources to hospitals and frontline medical providers, among many more provisions. For a section by section summary of the bill, click here. For a one page summary of the bill, click here.
- Helpful Resources:
Phase Four: H.R. 266, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
- Congress passed and the president signed the fourth Coronavirus relief bill, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This bill allocates additional funds to two small business programs created by the CARES Act, namely the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Grants. It also provides $75 billion for hospitals to support their COVID-19 related expenses and $25 billion for expanding COVID-19 testing. For a summary of the bill, click here.
Other Actions by the Federal Government
- On March 31, the Treasury Department released guidance on the new Paycheck Protection Program Loan for small businesses created by the CARES Act, including a link for the application. For more information, visit home.treasury.gov/cares
- On March 29, President Trump announced that his Administration was extending the CDC's guidelines for slowing the spread of the coronavirus until at least April 30th. These initial guidelines can be found here.
- On March 20, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced this year’s tax filing deadline moved from April 15 to July 15, giving people and businesses an extra 90 days to file their taxes. I sent two letters urging Secretary Mnuchin to extend the deadline in order to give Americans this flexibility. You can read the first letter here, and the second letter here.
- On March 13, the President declared a national emergency over Coronavirus. This declaration allows for more federal funds, supplies, and personnel to be made available to Americans impacted by the virus.
- A public health emergency has been declared in the United States. This is a temporary designation that gives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services flexibility in how they allocate funds and personnel.
- The National Institutes of Health are actively working with pharmaceutical companies on developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
- Multiple travel advisories have been issued to inform travelers about current issues that could affect their health. For a full list of these, click here.
- On June 1, Governor Whitmer rescinded part of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order. To read the full order, click here.
- On April 2, Governor Whitmer announced that all K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. To read the executive order, click here.
- On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted the Governor's request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster declaration. The Michigan Congressional delegation sent a letter in support of this effort, which you can review here.
- Beginning Monday, March 16 at 3:00 pm through March 30 at 11:59 pm the following places of public accomodation will be closed: restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos. To read the Governor's executive order, click here.
- Governor Whitmer issued an executive order banning public gatherings of 50 people or more in the state of Michigan. This took effect on March 17, 2020 at 9:00 am and will continue through April 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm. To read the executive order, click here.
- As of February 28, Michigan activated the State Emergency Operation Center to coordinate all state agencies against the spread of Coronavirus.
- As of February 29, Michigan state laboratories can use their own tests for the virus, rather than send all samples through the CDC.
Small Business Resources
- The U.S. Small Business Administration posted a revised Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application and a new EZ version of the application. This action follows up on the PPP Flexibility Act. To access instructions and the application, click here.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration released guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the CARES Act that provides small businesses funds to maintain their operations. Any interested business should contact their financial institution early and often to see if this program is right for them. For guidance and more information, visit the SBA's Coronavirus Relief Options Website.
- The Small Business Administration's activities and support efforts are rapidly developing in response to Coronavirus. The best public information is available here.
- Small businesses in Michigan are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration. To apply for these loans, click here.
- The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21, 2020.
- For additional information or to obtain help preparing the loan application, please contact the Michigan SBA Offices in Detroit or Grand Rapids.
- The CARES Act included numerous provisions to support small businesses. For more information on small business provisions in the CARES Act, click here.
- You can also find a webinar geared toward answering Small Business questions put together by my office.
- The Department of Labor has information for employers regarding paid sick leave requirements, which you can find here.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a Small Business Guide and Checklist, which you can find here.
- If you're looking for ways your business can help, visit FEMA's website.
- For questions, you can call the COVID-19 Hotline number is 888-535-6136, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- You can also email COVID19@michigan.gov 24/7. Emails will be answered 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Apply for Michigan Unemployment Benefits
- Michigan Response
- Find your local health department
- Locate your school meal pickup site
- Volunteer Opportunities
Resources from the CDC
Frequently Asked Questions
- Economic Impact Payments
- Unemployment Insurance
- Paid Leave
- Retirement Provisions
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Small Business Debt Relief
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Economic Injury Grants
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid