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 27th:
Today, following a vote earlier this week in the Senate, the House of Representatives passed a third COVID-19 relief bill to help workers, families, hospitals and their staff, small businesses, and the unemployed. The bipartisan legislation includes direct cash payments for low and middle-income families, money to hospitals and health systems, increased funding for unemployment insurance, forgivable loans to small businesses, increased funding for food assistance programs, and more. It will now head to President Trump’s desk for signature.
Our office put together a summary of the COVID-19 relief package which breaks down the major provisions of the bill and answers frequently asked questions. Clickhereto view the summary.
Yesterday, Senator Murphyjoinedthe entire Connecticut federal delegation in support of Governor Lamont’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for the state. This would bring additional federal dollars to Connecticut for unemployment assistance, legal services, child care, crisis counseling, and more.
Today, Senator Murphytraveledto Bridgeport with Mayor Ganim to check in on the student meal distribution center. Food service employees are heroes too—they are on the front lines of this crisis and deserve our gratitude.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking health care professionals, such as retired nurses and doctors, to consider volunteering their services at a medical facility in Connecticut. Those willing to volunteer should fill out the online form located at ctresponds.ct.gov
If you're struggling with your mental health during this crisis, you are not alone. Text SHARE to 741741 for free, 24/7 support from the Crisis Text Line
Yesterday Governor Lamont signed anexecutive orderwith additional social distancing measures. These include restricting social and recreational gatherings to no more than five people, suspending the tax on single-use plastic bags and suspending school testing assessments for the 2019-2020 school year
In Connecticut, we have a network of domestic violence programs that can be accessed 24/7 by calling 888-774-2900. The programs provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as counseling and other support services.
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.