State and Federal Updates

If you were unable to join us for our last telephone town hall, you can find the full audio recording here
 
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Latest News

Important Announcements
  • MARCH 31ST - PA Department of Education suspends schools indefinitely amid the spread of coronavirus. Read school guidance and answers to common questions here.
  • MARCH 30TH - White House approves Pennsylvania Disaster Declaration., ordering "Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease..." Find the full White House release here.
  • MARCH 30TH - PA Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Levine expand 'Stay-at-Home" order to new counties, including Berks, through April 30th, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order. Read the latest release here. Note: new counties are being added almost daily, so check back regularly for updates.
  • MARCH 27TH - PA Governor Wolf, legislative leaders reach deal to pospone 2020 primary until June 2nd. Request your mail-in ballot and more at pavotes.com.
  • MARCH 23RD - PA Governor Tom Wolf issues stay-at-home order to 7 counties, including Chester, but not Berks. Read the full announcement and guidelines here. For a PDF on Stay At Home Guidance, click here
  • MARCH 22ND - The Pennsylvania Department of States suspends some license requirements for qualified physicians assistants during coronavirus emergency. Read full statement here.
  • MARCH 20TH - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns residents about scams and rumors. Read updates here.
  • MARCH 20TH - If you need to request a waiver to continue operating your business under Gov. Wolf's closure order, email RA-dcexemption@pa.gov. Full story here.
  • MARCH 19TH - PA Governor Tom Wolf orders all non-vital businesses to close to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.
  • MARCH 18TH - U.S. Census Bureau suspends field operations for two weeks amid coronavirus, encouraging households to participate by mail or online. Fill out your census form online today at 2020Census.gov
  • MARCH 18TH - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues guidance on deferring tax filing and payments due to COVID-19 outbreak. See full release here.
  • MARCH 18TH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suspends all foreclosure and evictions for the next 60 days. See full statement here.
  • MARCH 13TH - The U.S. Department of Education will waive interest on all federally held student loans in response to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Resources

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below regularly for up-to-date information. 

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides updates on the disease's spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services provides updates on the services they provide to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable individuals and families here

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation created a site to share information for Pennsylvania employees impacted by COVID-19 here

The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides guidance and resources for school communities here

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued new guidance on tax returns and appeals in response to COVID-19 here

National

The Center for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. For specific information on symptoms and prevention, click here

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

The U.S. Department of Education provides information and resources for schools and school personnel. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides updates regarding the novel coronavirus.

The Library of Congress updates a Coronavirus Resource Guide via their public law library blog. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shared this FAQs document on essential health benefit coverage.

The American Health Care Association keeps their website updated with the latest information about COVID-19.  

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Our Office's Response

Upcoming Events

  • MARCH 31ST - We will be hosting our fourth Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, March 31st at 6:40PM. To participate, dial (855) 731-4616.

Past Actions

  • MARCH 23RD - We held our third Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall on Monday, March 23rd at 3:00PM. Listen to the full audio recording here.
  • MARCH 19TH - We held a Small Business Conference Call with affected businesses. For more information, please e-mail PA06.SmallBusiness@mail.house.gov
  • MARCH 18TH - Led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) encouraging them to unlock low-interest disaster loans for small businesses in PA. Read the full letter here.
  • MARCH 17TH - Joined over 800 small business owners and local elected officials on a conference call to discuss how we can support and protect our employers and workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read an article about the call here
  • MARCH 17TH - Held our second Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with 4,000+ constituents and local health experts. Watch coverage of the event on MSNBC here.
  • MARCH 14TH - Voted for the #FamiliesFirstCoronavirusResponseAct alongside an overwhelmingly bipartisan group of my colleagues. This package included measure to: guarantee free testing, establish emergency paid leave, defend the unemployed, expand food assistance, and continue support for our health professionals. 
  • MARCH 10TH - Held a telephone town hall on March 10th with an infectious disease specialist and local health experts from Chester and Berks counties to discuss how our community is preparing. Read the article written about the telephone town hall here
  • MARCH 4TH - Voted to invest $8.3 billion in emergency funding to help our country respond to COVID-19. This included key investments in: vaccines, disaster relief loans for small businesses, pharmaceuticals, and protections for our first responders and health professionals.
  • MARCH 4TH - Signed a letter alongside 60 of my colleagues demanding an improved coronavirus response from the Trump Administration. You can find the full text of the letter here.
  • FEBRUARY 28TH - Spoke with Dr. Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I asked him about what we in Pennsylvania and across the country need to know about the coronavirus and what we can do to stay safe and healthy. Watch his recommendations here


The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our West Chester office at (610) 883-5050, or our Reading office at (610) 295-0815.