I’ve received a number of official reply letters from Dave Loebsack in the 14 years he served as our congressman. He discusses priorities for the CARES Act follow on bill in this one.
July 28, 2020
Dear Mr. Deaton,
Thank you for contacting my office with your concerns regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency. Iowans and folks across the globe are struggling with the impact of this public health and economic crisis. My priority is to provide Iowa’s Second District with the best representation possible during these difficult times.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, I have heard from folks across Iowa about how they have been affected and the relief that is necessary to help combat the significant health and economic consequences of this pandemic. Even in these most trying times teachers, healthcare providers, small business owners, and essential workers, among so many others, have been providing critical support to our communities across Iowa. I am truly inspired by the selflessness and generosity that I have seen in every corner of our communities from those who are dedicated to caring for their neighbors and helping out those who need it most.
I have been working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to build upon the relief provided by the CARES Act. We continue to see a need for additional assistance for nearly every industry, including aid for our hospital system, protections for workers impacted by this crisis, and support for our small businesses and local governments. I have also joined House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr, and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle, among others, to announce a plan to connect all Americans to affordable broadband internet. In times like these, when families are at home, millions of K-12 students do not have access to the highspeed internet needed to take classes and complete their assignments online. As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it shines an even brighter light on the “broadband gap” that exists between urban and rural communities.
Additionally, I recently supported the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-142). This legislation revised critical components of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to better assist our small businesses across Iowa. These updates include extending loan forgiveness from a period of eight weeks to 24 weeks, extending the rehiring deadline, increasing the current limitation on non-payroll expenses such as rent and utility payments, and extending the program to December 31, 2020.These revisions are an important step in helping our small businesses financially recover.
I have also called on Congressional leadership to ensure farmers and rural agricultural businesses in Iowa have access to PPP, as well as for increased oversight of the program. I will continue to work with my colleagues to provide the accountability and oversight the American people deserve.
As Congress continues to work on additional COVID-19 relief legislation, please know that I will continue to fight to ensure Iowans get the recovery and relief they need and deserve. My office is here to assist you with any and all concerns you have about COVID-19 or other issues, so please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you feel that I can be of assistance. I am proud to serve the Second District, and I am committed to working hard for Iowans.
Iowa’s Second District