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May 23, 2020
Memorial Day Weekend
Monday is Memorial Day, a time to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms. It is so important that we never forget the courage displayed by these individuals. Please take a few moments to remember and honor those this weekend. 

If you are looking for a way to celebrate Memorial Day and follow the CDC guidelines. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invites you to participate in Memorial Day Ceremonies virtually! You will be able to live stream links and videos of the ceremonies from across the country!

Click here for more information. 


West Virginia Strong - The Comeback Plan
Earlier this month, Governor Jim Justice announced his plan for reopening the economy. Reopening will not happen suddenly, but with time. We should be able to open in a safe and cautious manner as long as we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines. 

Phase one began on Thursday, April 30th. From there, each phase of the reopening process for Weeks 2-6 will begin on Monday of each subsequent week. Currently, we are in week 4 of the reopening phase. COVID-19 case numbers will continue to be monitored throughout the entire reopening process. 

The STAY-AT-HOME order was lifted on Sunday, May 3rd and a SAFER-AT-HOME was put in place on Monday, May 4th. 

Week 4 businesses that opened on Thursday:
  • Indoor Dining at Restaurants
  • Hatfield McCoy Trail System
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Specialty Retail Stores
  • Outdoor Recreation Rentals
  • Outdoor Racing 
  • Indoor Shopping Malls
  • And more, click here for the full list. 
For more information on Governor Justice's plan, click here.

McKinley and Tonko Address Recycling and Waste Services PPP Issues 
Yesterday, I introduced bipartisan legislation that would help provide relief to the waste and recycling industry. It was inadvertently left out of the original legislation and hand-cuffs businesses by not allowing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money to be used to pay for waste and recycling collection bills.

Keeping our neighborhoods and businesses safe and clean is critical. Our bill fixes  this gap to ensure such essential services are covered under PPP. 

To read more, clickhere. 

Working in a Bipartisan Manner
The Lugar Center released its bipartisan rankings of how often each Member of Congress works across party lines. My office was ranked 10th out of 435 Members of Congress. District One wanted someone who would work across the aisle to achieve results on the issues that impact them, and that is how I have sought to lead. 

Our office has worked with members from both parties to find solutions to combat the opioid epidemic, expand access to healthcare, lower prescription drug costs, spur job creation and economic development, and protect miners’ pensions and healthcare. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts, and we look forward to continue working in a bipartisan manner.

To read more, click here. 
For more information on the Lugar Center, click here.

Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Please check on your family and friends’ mental well-being during this crisis. Especially now, mental health awareness is vital. If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health or addiction issues you can find resources at the link below. 

For more information, click here

Fighting for West Virginia's Livelihood 
Last week, I sat down with a reporter from the Washington Examiner to discuss fossil fuels, especially coal and how vital it is to our state and country.

"Congressman David McKinley is determined to convince members of Congress that fossil fuels, especially coal, are essential to secure the U.S. electricity grid from blackouts.
 

But McKinley, a West Virginia Republican and chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, doesn’t feel like he’s making much progress, especially with his Democratic colleagues — many of whom want to phase out coal entirely. Federal policies also still don’t reflect the national security and grid resilience value McKinley says coal brings to the table.

“I feel like I keep shouting from the rooftops,” McKinley told the Washington Examiner in a recent interview. “It just falls on deaf ears.”

To read more from the article, click here.                                   

Small Business Resources 
To date, over 14,000 West Virginia small businesses have benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program! Applications are OPEN for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The EIDL loans are only available for small agricultural businesses. Small business owners can visit the SBA website for more information on what programs may be best for your business. 

Who is eligible for PPP? Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, non-profits, sole proprietors, self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. The PPP is a forgivable loan, if an employer maintains its payroll, then the portion of the PPP loan used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven. 

My office is collecting stories from small businesses in West Virginia that have received/benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program. If you are interested in sharing your story, click here!

For more information on PPP, click here
For more information on EIDL, click here.

To share your story of PPP, click here.

Do you have 5 minutes?
West Virginia District One is ranked first in filling out the 2020 census compared to the two other districts, however, our state is still lagging behind the national average. The national average rate of completion is 59.8%, whereas in West Virginia the self-response rate is 47.4%. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of money per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Complete the census online, by mail, or call-in so you can be counted!

For more information on the census, click here


CDC Recommendations
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations on how to help protect yourself and others.

Take these steps to protect yourself:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, which the chorus to Country Roads lasts about that long. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% of alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in the community. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings. 
Take these steps to protect others:
  • Stay home if you are except to receive medical care.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and throw away the tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect touched surface areas daily.
For more updated information from the CDC click here.                                    

West Virginia COVID-19 Resources 
Over one thousand COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in West Virginia as of today. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources established a toll-free hotline for questions from the public and medical providers concerning the pandemic. The department also has a website with the most up-to-date information regarding the confirmed and pending cases. 

Click here for more information. 

                    West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
                                              Toll-Free Hotline 24/7
 
                                                 1- 800 - 887- 4304
 


Other COVID-19 Helpful Links

Economic Direct Payment Filers and Non-filers Information

Economic Direct Payment FAQ

Unemployment Benefits for West Virginians

Assistance for Small Business Owners

Veterans Information on COVID-19

Meal Pick-Up Sites for Children 

Blood Donations


CONTACT INFORMATION

Washington D.C. Office
2239 Rayburn HOB | Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4172 | Fax: (202) 225-7564
Morgantown Office
709 Beechurst Ave., Suite 29
Morgantown, WV 26805
Phone: (304) 284-8506
Fax: (304) 284-8505
Parkersburg Office
408 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: (304) 422-5972
Fax: (304) 422-5974
Wheeling Office
Horne Building 1100 Main Street
Suite 101
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 232-3801
Fax: 304-232-3813

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