Congressman David Joyce : What Dave Has Done to Help

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What Dave Has Done to Help

March 5, 2020

I joined 414 of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting H.R 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bill provided $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to strengthen our nation’s response to COVID-19. Specifically, it helped our health professionals and local communities combat the spread of this disease by providing nearly $1 billion to the CDC exclusively for state and local response efforts. I’m pleased to report that over $560 million of those funds have been
distributed to state and local health departments across the country, including over $15.6 million to support response efforts in the Buckeye State. You can read more about this here.

The legislation also provides more than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available, invests in vaccine development, and supports treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus. Funding is also made available for the Food and Drug Administration to protect the integrity of medical products manufactured overseas as well as to identify and prevent potential shortages of these products.

March 14, 2020

I voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Act. This legislation, which was signed into law on March 18, contains an additional $2.5 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to provide immediate, targeted relief for those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 CARES Act. Representative Quigley and I had 42 of our colleagues from both sides of the aisle sign our letter as well, demonstrating bipartisan acknowledgement 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 live-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 27, 2020

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act with my support, and later that day it was signed into law by the President. This important legislation provided funding and relief for many individuals and industries, including $100 billion for hospitals and health systems to help them obtain the resources needed to meet the many serious challenges that lie ahead. Learn more about the CARES Act and the federal response to COVID-19 here.

The CARES Act also created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which aims to provide critical, much-needed relief for small businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 crisis and provided $349 billion in funding for the program. Learn more about PPP 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 goodies 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.

April 23, 2020

On April 23, I drove down to Washington, DC to vote for the passage of a fourth COVID-19 relief package to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program and other critical Small Business Administration programs like the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. In Ohio, businesses have received a total of $14,108,889,927 through 59,800 approved PPP loans. However, the funding for the program ran out on April 16, 2020, and no business has been able to apply for a loan since.

Small businesses play a vital role in Ohio’s economy; I know how important it is to ensure they have the relief they need to survive the devastating impacts this deadly virus has had on them. Every dollar that has gone out the door through this program has kept workers employed, helped families stay afloat and sustained our economy.

Moving forward, as we work to safely reopen Ohio and the rest of our country, Congress cannot allow politics to get in the way of providing critical relief to those trying to pay their workers during a crisis that has already cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs. We must continue to work across the aisle to ensure that the American people are not left out to dry because of partisan bickering.

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

As an original co-sponsor of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020, I was proud to go down to Washington to support the passage of this critical bill. There is no doubt that while PPP has provided much needed assistance to small businesses, it has not been a perfect program. H.R. 7010 fixes many of the shortfalls found in the initial layout for the program and gives small businesses additional flexibility with their forgivable loans further down the line. Specifically, H.R. 7010 would:

  • Extend the covered period for forgivable PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Ensure employers who make good-faith efforts to rehire workers, but are ultimately unsuccessful, remain eligible for PPP loan forgiveness;
  • Replace the current rule that requires 75% of the loan to be used on payroll costs and 25% to be used on mortgage interest, rent and utilities with a rule that allows 60% to be used on the former and 40% to be used on the latter;
  • Establish that PPP loans issued in the future have a five-year maturity, as opposed to two years; and
  • Allow businesses that receive forgiveness to also receive payroll tax deferment.

On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act became law. The Treasury and SBA have issued guidance regarding this new measure, which you can find here.

Read more about my support for H.R. 7010 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.