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What Dave Has Done to Help

In addition to voting for multiple pieces of legislation to provide targeted relief for those impacted by COVID-19, I've been hard at work ensuring all of OH-14's constituents have all of the relevant information they need to stay stafe during this pandemic. I've also reached across the aisle to improve existing relief programs, renew critical assistance to job creators, support our health systems and lend a helping hand to those in our community who need it most. Below you will find a timeline of how I've been supporting Buckeyes across Northeast Ohio during these difficult times.

March 16, 2020

I held a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall to provide the residents of Ohio’s 14th Congressional District with accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak. Joining me in on the call to answer questions about the virus were several health officials from across Ohio including:

  •  Mr. Lance Himes, Chief of Staff, Ohio Department of Health
  • Dr. Donald DeCarlo, President, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
  •  Mr. Ron Graham, Health Commissioner, Lake County General Health District
  • Dr. Tom Collins, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Faculty Affairs, MetroHealth

You can listen to the full call on my YouTube page here.

March 23, 2020

I wrote a letter to Congressional leadership requesting funding for hospitals and healthcare systems. This letter eventually led to $100 billion secured in the CARES Act. Representative Quigley and I had 42 of our colleagues from both sides of the aisle sign our letter as well, demonstrating bipartisan acknowledgment of the importance of this funding for our healthcare system. This funding will be used to help medical professionals get the supplies they so desperately need like gloves, additional beds, face masks, and gowns, as well as life-saving equipment like ventilators and respirators.

Read the full letter here.

March 23, 2020

I held my second COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall to provide seniors and their caregivers in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District helpful resources and information about the coronavirus outbreak. Joining me in on the call to answer your questions about the virus included the following experts from Ohio:

  • Ms. Holly Holtzen, Ohio State Director, AARP
  • Dr. Douglas Beach, CEO, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
  • Ms. Ursel McElroy, Director, Ohio Department of Aging
  • Ms. Rita M. Papas, Director of Hospital Operations, Cleveland Clinic
  • Mr. Matt Reed, Senior VP-Communications & Administration, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities

You can listen to the full call on my YouTube page here.


March 24, 2020

I joined members of the Ohio National Guard at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s headquarters to help them transport, package and distribute food to people in need.

This was the second drive-thru distribution event held by the food bank. By the end of the day, we had served nearly 4,000 people in need. In the first hour, over 900 people were served, two-thirds of them were there for the first time, and more than half were seniors and children.

It was a great honor to work along the great staff of the Great Cleveland Food Bank and the Ohio National Guard. I am thankful for everything the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Ohio National Guard are doing to support those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and remain committed to working across the aisle in Washington to ensure everyone on the front lines of this outbreak has the resources they need to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

Check out Tribune Chronicle’s article here!

March 25, 2020

I sorted and delivered mail at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio to make sure hundreds of elderly residents receive their letters and bills. I was saddened when I heard residents were not receiving their mail because anyone who enters the building is required to have their temperature taken as a way to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and the USPS is not allowing for mail delivery employees to have their temperatures taken.

Check out Fox 8’s article here!

March 29, 2020

I joined Ohio’s 15 other Members of Congress as well as Senators Portman and Brown in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to approve Governor Mike DeWine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration. Two days later, on March 31, the President approved the request, allowing for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to step in to help the State. Along with the assistance and emergency aid from FEMA, the approved request also authorized Public Assistance funds to be used by the Buckeye State. Find more information on FEMA’s response here.

To read the full letter sent to the President, click here.

April 1, 2020

I held my third COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall to provide small businesses in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District helpful resources and information regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Joining me in on the call to answer your questions about the virus were the following experts from Ohio:

  • Gilbert Goldberg, Director, Small Business Administration's Cleveland District Office
  • Kevin Boehner, Director, Small Business & Workforce Policy at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • Cathy Walsh, Director, Small Business Development Center at Lakeland
  • Marty McGann, Senior VP of Government Advocacy, Greater Cleveland Growth Partnership
  • Greg Myers, Executive Director, Ashtabula Growth Partnership
  • Karen Tercek, Executive Director, Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber

You can listen to the full call on my YouTube page here.

April 1, 2020

Authored by Senators Portman and Brown, I signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to approve the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) request to operate the Disaster Household Distribution Program. On April 7, the ODJFS request was approved, applying to all households using the food banks across the state during the period of the request. The Disaster Household Distribution Program is run through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and works to feed hungry families more efficiently and safely in times of crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read the full letter here.

April 2, 2020

I had a very productive conference call with hospital and health system executives, who gave me an update on how they are managing the COVID-19 outbreak. The following experts were on the call:

  • Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO, MetroHealth
  • Tom Zenty, CEO, University Hospitals
  • Dr. Cliff Megerian, Otology Specialist, University Hospitals
  • Dr. Eric Beck, Emergency Medicine Specialist, University Hospitals
  • Jonathan Lee, Founder, President and CEO, Signature Health

April 6, 2020

I joined my friend, Molly Gebler, with the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce on a Zoom video call to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on our communities, how I”m working to stay connected to my constituents during this difficult time, and my vote for the CARES Act.

If you’d like to listen to/watch our conversation, click here.


April 8, 2020

I held my fourth COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall to provide workers in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District helpful resources and information regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Joining me in on the call to answer your questions about the virus were the following experts from Ohio:

  •  Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted
  •  Mr. Bruce Madson, Assistant Director of Employment Services, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
  •  Mr. Kevin Boehner, Director of Small Business & Workforce Policy, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  •  Mr. Jerry Cirino, Lake County Commissioner
  •  Ms. Marlene Fitts, Acting Local Taxpayer Advocate, IRS Cleveland Office
  •  Ms. Kate Hunyady, District Congressional Liaison, IRS

You can listen to the full call on my YouTube page here.

April 10, 2020

This week, before Easter Sunday, I stopped by the McKinley Community Outreach Center in Willoughby and drove out to Ashtabula to drop off hams, chocolates, and other supplies for families in need over the holiday weekend.

Read the full article here.

April 13, 2020

I sent a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership urging them to include the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in future coronavirus legislation. The COVID-19 pandemic has created countless challenges for us as a nation, including the fact that stay at home and shelter in place orders have resulted in an increased number of people who cannot remove themselves from dangerous situations with abusive partners or spouses. As a co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, I know we must work together across party lines to ensure that this pandemic does not cause increased instances of domestic violence or abuse that go unaddressed or unpunished.

Read the full letter here.

April 20, 2020

I joined my colleagues on the Problem Solvers Caucus to unveil our Reopening and Recovery “Back to Work” Checklist, a multi-faceted, data-driven proposal focused on reopening America safely and reigniting the economy. The plan will serve as guiding principles that the Problem Solvers Caucus – a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 50 members equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – hope to see incorporated and addressed in the country’s plans to address the global COVID-19 crisis.

You can read the full checklist here.

May 9, 2020

On May 9, I sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to direct attention and resources to fighting the opioid crisis during the pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 has exacerbated the opioid epidemic and made it far more difficult for people battling addiction to get the help they need. While in recent years much progress has been made regarding the opioid crisis, such as overdose deaths declining for the first time in 30 years, the pandemic has put this progress at risk. It is my hope that we can continue to keep our nation healthy and safe from the novel coronavirus without neglecting those who may be more at risk for addiction and overdose while they are in isolation. You can read the full press release and letter here.

May 21, 2020

Later in May, I sent a letter to the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding child abuse reporting during the pandemic. Due to the closure of schools, many states have seen significant drops in the reports of child abuse, including Ohio. Our state’s Child Protective Services has seen more than a 50% drop in child abuse reporting since the pandemic began and schools closed. While it is necessary that we continue fighting the coronavirus through social distancing measures, these school closures and shelter-in-place orders have been dangerous for many vulnerable children in abusive homes. It is critical that we enact additional safeguards to make sure that children in need of help are not forgotten during this unprecedented time. You can read more about my letter here.

May 29, 2020

I was proud to introduce the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act with my colleagues Representatives Marcia Fudge and Anthony Gonzalez. Our first responders are fighting on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic for the health and safety of our communities, and it is our responsibility to make sure that their families and loved ones are taken care of should these heroes succumb to the virus themselves. Our bill would ensure that if a public safety officer or first responder is diagnosed with and dies from COVID-19, the Department of Justice will treat it as a line of duty incident. Find out more about the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act here.

June 5, 2020

I held a virtual round table with my fellow co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence to address sexual and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has left numerous women and children at higher risk for sexual and domestic violence, and due to stay-at-home orders, they have lost access to many of the critical resources needed to escape abuse. During the roundtable, we discussed the importance of providing victims of sexual and domestic violence with the resources they need to seek aid and safety during these unprecedented times and highlighted the need for Congress to come together to support the victims of these heinous crimes.

For this important discussion, the Task Force was joined by:

  • Camille Cooper, Vice President of Public Policy at RAINN
  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., CEO of YWCA USA
  • Dr. Apryl Alexander, Associated Professor at the University of Denver and Director of the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST)
  • Michelle DeLaune, Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Watch the full roundtable here.

Read more about the roundtable and our panel discussion here.

June 10, 2020

On June 10, I joined the entire Ohio Congressional delegation in holding a virtual meeting with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on its hospitals,  patients and employees. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to support our children's hospitals during this crisis so they can continue to provide the highest quality care for Ohio’s children. We were joined by representatives from:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital;
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital;
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital;
  • Akron Children’s Hospital;
  • UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals; and
  • ProMedica Toledo and Ebeid Children’s Hospitals.

You can read more about our virtual discussion here.

June 16, 2020

On June 16, I cosponsored a bipartisan bill to support local mental health and addiction treatment facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has brought fear, uncertainty, stress, and many other overwhelming emotions to those who face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder and made it more difficult for them to access care. Now more than ever, we must support our loved ones, friends and neighbors who are struggling as we continue to fight through this pandemic so that we can come out on the other side stronger and more united.

The Coronavirus Mental Health and Addiction Assistance Act would establish the Coronavirus Mental Health and Addiction Assistance Network to support local mental health and addiction facilities and provide it with $100 million in emergency funds. These grants may be used to initiate or expand programs offering mental health and substance use disorder services during or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including support groups, telephone helplines and websites, training programs, telehealth services, and outreach services.

 

Learn more about this legislation here.

 

June 17, 2020

 

On June 17, I was honored to help Laketran distribute groceries to hundreds of seniors in our community. Older adults have been severely impacted by this pandemic, with eight out of ten coronavirus-related deaths having been individuals 65 and older. With so many seniors still unable to go to the grocery store without fear of risking their health and wellbeing, it’s on all of us to step up and do our part to protect them.

 

Partnering with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lifeline, Council on Aging, Lake Humane Society, and RSVP of Lake County, Laketran has provided fresh produce and dairy products to over 1,500 seniors in just two months. These distributions are made possible by the Farmers to Families Food Box program, a program created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture using funding provided by a bill Joyce voted for on March 14, 2020: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

 

I applaud not only Laketran for their work, but also the Lake County Commissioners, the Greater Cleveland Area Food Bank and other local agencies involved, as well as the Northeast Ohio companies who supplied the fresh produce and dairy products: the Sanson Company and Miceli Dairy Products Company. During these difficult times, it’s uplifting to see such a collective effort to meet this need in our community.

 

July 16, 2020

 

On July 16, I was proud to join Reps. Anthony Gonzalez and Tim Ryan in introducing the Isolate COVID-19 Act. This legislation will establish a federal program where states can receive funding to lease hotel properties for the purpose of temporarily housing individuals with COVID-19 who lack the ability to isolate or quarantine in their own homes and wish to voluntarily isolate themselves.

 

Research into the spread of COVID-19 indicates that transmission of the virus often occurs between household members and co-workers in close contact with each other. These transmissions fall hardest on low-income Americans, who are more likely to work in tight quarters and live in small, multi-generational households. At the time we introduced this bill, Ohio had more than 69,311 reported cases of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 workers had lost their hotel-related jobs. By isolating individuals who have been infected away from their homes, we can dramatically reduce COVID-19 transmission in our communities and create much-needed revenue for struggling hotels and those they employ. 

 

Learn more about this legislation here.

 

July 24, 2020

 

On July 24, Rep. Eric Swalwell and I introduced the Protecting Access to Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants During the COVID-19 Pandemic Act. If passed into law, our bipartisan bill would ensure public servants and frontline workers whose jobs may have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic still qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of our public servants to battle this virus on the front lines, others have been temporarily furloughed or laid-off. I was proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Rep. Swalwell to ensure that the public servants whose livelihoods have been derailed by COVID-19 can stay on track to receive the loan forgiveness they have worked so hard for. Now more than ever, we need to support those who pursue careers that contribute to the health and well-being of the American people. 

 

Learn more about the legislation here. 

 

July 30, 2020

 

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that we further our efforts to understand how it has impacted state and local organizations that tackle sexual and domestic violence so that we can properly support them at the federal level. The harsh reality is that during these challenging times, Americans at the greatest risk for such violence have lost access to the resources that are often vital to escaping abuse. 

 

That's why, on July 30, I joined my fellow Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence hosted a virtual roundtable to address how COVID-19 and racial disparities are impacting state and local organizations who tackle sexual and domestic violence, and to learn how these challenges are hindering survivors from accessing the care and support they need. 

 

You can watch the entire virtual roundtable here

 

August 4, 2020

 

On August 4, I visited two small businesses in Stow, Anderson International Corp and NMG Aerospace, to see firsthand how the Paycheck Protection Program has helped them keep their heads above water and keep workers employed during these difficult times. In accordance with guidance and protocols issued by Governor DeWine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the companies themselves, I had my temperature taken prior to both visits, wore a mask at all times and maintained a social distance whenever possible.

 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, over 2.2 million Ohioans worked for small businesses. But the past several months have taken a heavy toll on those businesses, including more than 122,000 minority-owned small businesses. That’s why I continue to fight for this critical loan program and urge my colleagues to work together to provide the resources necessary to help businesses tackle the challenges that lie ahead and prevent more hardworking Buckeyes from losing their jobs.

 

August 7, 2020

 

We have the responsibility to ensure our service members have what they need to live healthy, happy and successful lives when they return home. Our commitment to fulfilling that responsibility can’t waver during times of crisis like the one we are in now. In fact, it needs to strengthen.

 

That’s why, on National Purple Heart Day, I organized a virtual roundtable with representatives from local veteran organizations to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Northeast Ohio veterans. 

 

 

During the roundtable, each participant provided the Congressman with an update from their organization. The discussion that followed included a wide range of issues impacting veterans during these challenging times, including access to broadband that supports crucial telehealth services, the Veteran Court of Appeals’ transition to entirely virtual hearings, and relief checks such as those that the Disabled American Veterans chapters conduct. Attendees of the roundtable included:

  • Beth Lumia, Associate Director of the Cleveland VA

  • Jon Warmeling, Executive Director of the Lake County Veterans Service Commission

  • Ben Schwartfigure, Director of the Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission

  • John Gennaro, Director of the Erie VA Medical Center

  • Greg Davis, Founding Member of Patriot at Home

  • Jermaine Ferguson, Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation and National Security Coordinator at American Legion (Department of Ohio)

  • Douglas Beckley, Paralyzed Vets of America (Buckeye Chapter)

  • Tim Dibble, Sr. Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans (Ashtabula)

  • Jake Drost, National Service Officer at Disabled American Veterans (Cleveland)

You can watch the virtual roundtable here.

 

August 17, 2020

 

As we grapple with navigating the unprecedented challenges caused by this pandemic, the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across the country. In 2018, our nation saw its first decline in drug overdose deaths in nearly 30 years. But that progress is quickly being erased. Last year, fatal drug overdoses hit a record high, accounting for the deaths of 70,980 Americans. More than half of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. 

 

That's why, on August 17, I wrote to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and called for Congressional action to combat the recent rise in opioid-related deaths across the country. Specifically, I urged them to bring my bipartisan bill, the Comprehensive Opioid Program Extension (COPE) Act, to the House floor for a vote. I also spoke on the House floor to highlight the tragic increase our country has seen in opioid-related deaths.

 

This crisis has been breaking apart families and threatening the safety of our communities for far too long and the American people are ready for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to join together to help them stop it. You can read my letter to House leadership here, watch my floor speech here, and learn more about the COPE Act here

 

August 18, 2020

 

On August 18, I joined Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Senator John Eklund and Lake County Board of Elections Chairman Dale Fellows to announce that a local manufacturer in Mentor, RB Sigma, would be donating a total of 463,500 surgical masks to ensure election officials in all 88 counties conduct a safe and healthy election in November. 

 

Over the last several months, local manufacturers like RB Sigma have worked around the clock to produce and deliver essential PPE across Ohio, not only keeping our communities safe, but also rebuilding our domestic manufacturing base and reducing our dangerous reliance on China. Just like our medical professionals, these manufacturers are unsung heroes on the front lines of this crisis and I will continue to do everything I can at the federal level to ensure they have the resources necessary to keep up their life-saving efforts.

 

August 20, 2020

 

On August 20, I joined 17 of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in sending a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging them to immediately resume negotiations to confront the health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

You can read that letter here.

 

August 22, 2020

 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has an important role to play during this pandemic, with many Ohioans relying on the USPS not only to cast their votes in November, but also to deliver essential goods, receive critical medications, pay their bills and more. That's why, on August 22, I voted for H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. 

 

However, that doesn’t change the fact that the USPS has had severe financial problems for decades. In fact, it’s faced over $78 billion in losses since 2007. Enacting fiscally responsible reforms to address those losses is not a Republican or Democrat initiative and has been attempted by both the Trump and Obama administrations. I strongly agree that reform is necessary to address the USPS’ significant debt and solvency issues but any effort to do so cannot cause detrimental delays or interruptions in its services during the ongoing pandemic. Now is not the time to deprive the USPS of the resources necessary to carry out its basic operations.

 

September 2, 2020

 

On September 2, my colleagues and I on the bipartisan Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces requested that tribal, commercial, charter and recreational fisheries in the Great Lakes be made eligible for future emergency funding provided by Congress because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Unfortunately, the economic impact of the pandemic has significantly harmed our commercial, charter, recreational, and tribal fisheries. It is estimated that these fisheries and charter businesses have suffered up to $50 million in losses over the last few months. Previous emergency packages, like the CARES Act, have provided money to help fisheries across the country, but the law has been interpreted so that fisheries in the Great Lakes basin do not qualify for assistance.

 

You can read our letter here

 

September 9, 2020

 

On September 9, I was pleased to announced that localities across OH-14 were awarded over $4.6 million in Community Development Block Grants. rovided by the CARES Act and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this funding is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with a targeted focus toward places with households facing higher risk of eviction.

 

Cuyahoga County received $2,735,278, Lake County received $720,275, Summit County received $1,016,931, and Mentor received $197,401. Learn more about supplemental CDBG funding provided during the pandemic here. 

 

September 24, 2020

 

On September 24, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (VI-At Large) joined me in introducing the Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020 to prevent massive layoffs and disruptions to the U.S. airline industry, which supports 158,094 Ohio jobs. Specifically, our bipartisan legislation would extend the airline worker Payroll Support Program (PSP) for six months through March 2021.

 

 

Similar to the Payroll Protection Program, the PSP was created by the CARES Act and provided up to $32 billion in federal aid to maintain employment in the airline industry by providing funds to cover employee wages, salaries, and benefits. The funding was allocated to three types of businesses: $25 billion to passenger air carriers, $4 billion to cargo air carriers, and $3 billion to certain contractors providing services to air carriers. While the program saved 950,000 jobs in the aviation industry earlier in the pandemic, it expired on October 1st and unfortunately partisan politics have prevented it from being extended as of yet.