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Hartzler to Support CARES Act

March 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement in support of the economic stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic:

“I will be supporting this historic economic stimulus package in response to the extraordinary adverse impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on small businesses, and most importantly the hardworking people, in our country. We are fighting a two-front war – a public health battle and an economic battle. The reinforcements sent to the frontlines of this war must be as bold and extraordinary as the crisis itself. That’s why Congress has come together on this series of legislative packages to put the American people first and provide the protections they need,” Hartzler said.

“Throughout the last several weeks, constituents and community leaders from all over the district have expressed their fears over the nature of COVID-19 and what it could mean to their health, over losing their jobs, their businesses shutting down, being unable to put food on the table for their families, not knowing when things will get back to normal.                                                                                

“I believe we have an obligation to act for all those hardworking Missourians who make our communities so industrious and vibrant, to all the folks who saved up their money, took a chance on a thriving economy the last few years to open up a new business and employ more of their neighbors. We have an obligation to act on behalf of Missourians who day in and day out do the good, honest work that needs to be done to move America forward, purchase their first home, and build a brighter future day by day.

“This bill sends additional money to our hospitals and health care personnel, courageously providing health care to Americans battling this disease. It provides funding for needed medical supplies like masks and ventilators, enabling our seniors to receive health care in their homes through telehealth.

“It also provides a series of economic protections for Missourians, providing crucial assistance to keep our small businesses afloat, vastly expand unemployment insurance so that hardworking people can maintain a level of financial normalcy, and bold provisions that ensure Missouri’s families won’t have to choose between food or the rent due to this transient crisis.

“These are the people who form the backbone of the American economy. You find them on the manufacturing assembly lines in Sedalia and Lebanon, in the bustling restaurants and shops in Columbia and Clinton, in our high schools, colleges, universities, and technical schools, and on the farms and ranches throughout our rural communities. It’s on behalf of them that I, and my colleagues in Washington, are pushing forward with this legislation to keep them safe and economically secure.

“I know these are very frightening times for our families, friends, and neighbors. But we can and will overcome this. Overcoming adversity is what Missourians have always done. Together, we will do it again,” Hartzler concluded.

For more information on the bill, please click here. For specific information on how this impacts small businesses, please click here. And finally, for an overview of the three phases in total, please click here.