Below please find the Murphy office update on COVID-19. As always, if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford or Washington DC offices.
Here's what you need to know today, April 1st:
Today, Senator Murphy authored an op-ed in Dow Jones & Company weekly magazineBarron’son the need to federalize the medical supply chain.
Today, Senator Murphysent a letterwith 40 other Democratic U.S. Senators calling for the Treasury Department to clarify that Social Security recipients can receive their direct cash rebate without having to file a tax return.
Yesterday, Senator Murphysent a letterwith eight other Democratic U.S. Senators urging the chief executives of 11 major airlines to issue full cash refunds to customers canceling flights during the coronavirus pandemic after Congress approved $25 billion in cash grants for the airline industry.
Governor Lamont announced that 60 banks and credit unions in Connecticut have agreed to an important set of relief measures. Additional financial institutions are expected to join the initiative in the coming days. The Department of Banking will maintain updated list of participating institutions on its website. More information is available atbit.ly/2JtzX1p. Relief measures include: Today, the National Guard put up the last of the state’s three mobile hospitals, a 25-bed unit at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. The others were installed at St. Francis Hospital and Danbury Hospital last week.
90-day grace period for all mortgage payments
Relief from fees and charges for 90 days
No new foreclosures for 60 days
No credit score changes for accessing relief
Today, the Department of Labor released additionalguidanceregarding H-2A farm worker visas and modifications to the program as a result of the coronavirus.
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released a temporary rule implementing the paid sick leave and paid family leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The law provides refundable tax credits for employers with fewer than 500 employees to cover the costs of providing paid leave to their employees for reasons related to COVID-19. For information about the temporary rule, fact sheets on the new paid leave provisions for employers and employees, and a U.S. Department of Labor FAQ page, clickhere. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.
Yesterday, Travelers announced that it would commit $5 million to coronavirus relief efforts in North America, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. In Hartford, the company has repurposed its kitchen facilities to assist nonprofits in the preparation and delivery of meals through Hands on Hartford and Meals on Wheels.
Small businesses and nonprofits can learn more about Small Business Administration programs they may qualify forhere, including the new Paycheck Protection Program, which lenders may start processing loan applications for on April 3, 2020.
Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A lot of people have questions about what’s in the CARES Act. Am I eligible for direct cash payments? Can I apply for unemployment? What help is there for small businesses?Visitmurphy.senate.gov/coronavirusanswers to frequently asked questions.
I hope you found this letter helpful. You can get the latest updates on Senator Murphy's work in the Senate by following him on Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our offices in Hartford or in Washington, DC.