I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this difficult time.
While we all stay home as much as possible, my team and I continue to work around the clock to ensure Arizonans get the critical resources needed to stay healthy and economically secure.
We’ve called on Senate leaders to ensure the next coronavirus relief package includes Arizona priorities – including increased testing and infection-tracking, more personal protective equipment (PPE), critical relief for employers, support for Arizonans out of work, and direct budget support for city and county governments and Tribal communities.
Here are our six key Arizona priorities:
- Expanding Health Care Capacity to Fight COVID-19 – we called for increases in coronavirus testing, PPE availability, faster test results, and statewide infection-tracking
- Protecting Jobs and Supporting Employers – our bipartisan legislation fully forgives all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans less than $150,000, and our bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act provides independent Arizona restaurateurs with funding to rehire workers and deal with the long-term ramifications of COVID-19
- Strengthening State, Local, and Tribal Responses to COVID-19 – the bipartisan SMART Act provides $500 billion in coronavirus relief to state, local, and Tribal governments to continue critical services, and our bipartisan Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act helps support first responders by allowing our fire districts to access direct financial support from the federal government
- Ensuring Veterans Receive the Care and Benefits They Have Earned – we introduced bipartisan legislation providing resources to the VA’s Homeless Program Office as well as legislation ensuring family members of veterans who passed away due to the coronavirus receive the dependent benefits they’ve earned
- Boosting Economic Relief for Families in Need – increasing resources and housing for Arizona children and families experiencing homelessness and supporting affordable housing for Arizona seniors
- Supporting Safe and Smart Learning – we called for additional funding for the elementary and secondary schools and helped introduce legislation ensuring federal support for broadband access for students in K-12 schools, including Tribal schools
Our public health and the health of our economy are inseparable. I pledge to continue ensuring everyday families and employers, in Arizona and across the country, can access needed resources.
Remember: continuing to slow the spread of coronavirus is key to our economic recovery – so let’s keep doing our part – wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, and stay home as much as you can.