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, March 20th:
Today, Senator Murphy proposed a massive proposal to rescue small businesses called theMain Street Emergency Grant Program. The program would allow businesses to apply for grants through the Treasury Department to cover payroll and other fixed costs. The goal is to provide cash for businesses in order to help them stay afloat and ensure that workers can stay employed.
Yesterday, Senator Murphy led the Connecticut congressional delegation in sending aletterto the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the Department to supply Connecticut hospitals and patients with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). Connecticut requested 250,000 each of N95 Respirator Face Masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, non-sterile gloves, and disposable face shields to protect hospital workers and patients as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the state.
Senator Murphy led a group of senators in aletterto major health insurers urging them to fully cover the cost of treatment and testing as it relates to COVID-19.
Senator Murphy led 21 senators in sending aletterto the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend tax filings to July 15. Today, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it would do just that
Senator Murphy and Senator Blumenthalwroteto USDA urging them to approve various waivers that will help Connecticut get nutrition assistance out to more people
Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut's presidential primary has been moved from April 28th to June 2nd, upholding our democratic responsibility while ensuring that public health is a top priority.
Governor Lamont also issued an executive order directing the closure of establishments like nail salons, barber shops, and hair salons in Connecticut.
Gov. Lamont orderednon-essential businessesto close and workers to stay home. This means that all workers, except for those who work at grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses like utilities and manufacturers, need to stay at home. Package stores and restaurants that do takeout can also remain open.
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.