(Press Release, March 19, 2020, Photo Credit: Office of Senator Mike Crapo)
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has captured the attention and worry of many Americans across the country. Rightfully so, many Idahoans and Americans are concerned about what they can do to stay safe and healthy and reduce the spread of the virus. Many others are worried about the long-term economic impacts this global pandemic will have on our country, our state and on individual households. I remain in Washington, D.C., to continue my work for Idahoans and to help answer some lingering questions and ease those concerns.
I am following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on hygiene practices. Effective Friday, March 14, my Washington, D.C., office moved to teleworking options, allowing my staff to work from home in order to reduce the spread of COVID19 in the capital region. My state staff have been instructed to take additional precautions in my regional offices, including but not limited to, limiting public and in-person interactions, and expanding telework options where necessary and possible. The work for Idahoans continues, and my staff are readily available to address your concerns.
Below is my most recent statement regarding emergency legislation, as well as additional information and resources constituents may find helpful. I will send regular updates to constituents through this newsletter platform as additional information becomes available. You can see all of my previous statements, as well as find additional helpful information by visiting my website at https://www.crapo.senate.gov/services/covid19 for up-to-date information.
My March 18 Statment On “Phase Two” of Coronavirus Emergency Legislation
Over the last several weeks, America has been faced with the uncertainty of the risks, transmission and effects of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. At the national, state, local and even household level, this pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy and it has tested every institution of daily life we know. Earlier this month, I voted to support funding that would help bolster states’ responses to the virus, advance research to develop a vaccine, fund community health centers and provide for other emergency response mechanisms. On Wednesday, March 18, I voted to support broad, bipartisan emergency legislation that will provide relief to many American families facing financial hardships.
I continue to thank those within the health care system and others on the frontlines of battling the coronavirus for their dedication to treating patients and working to find a life-saving vaccine.
The American people are resilient, and we will see the end of this challenge as we continue to work together. In the meantime, I encourage Idahoans and all Americans to take prudent measures to help stop the spread of this virus by adhering to updated guidance from our public health experts at the CDC and the White House.
Now, our strong underlying economy needs our help, and I will continue working with my Senate colleagues and the Administration to move forward to assist workers, families and small businesses who face financial fallout during this extraordinarily difficult time.
I Discussed Plans for “Phase Three” of Coronavirus Emergency Legislation
Phase three of coronavirus legislation in the Senate is aimed at keeping jobs long-term. Phase three legislation from the Senate will focus on long-term economic needs. Watch my radio interview with Neal Larson by clicking here: