More on Coronavirus
WASHINGTON-Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew introduced the Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act. The legislation is designed to address the needs of workers in a post-COVID 19 job market. It authorizes the Department of Labor to disburse $3.5 billion dollars to states, with priority given to higher impacted areas. Senator Daines (R-MT) introduced the Senate companion legislation earlier this week.
The legislation includes:
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Van Drew announced that the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) released their second round of Provider Relief Fund COVID-19 High-Impact Payments. Included on this second round of funding were several local hospitals: Ocean Medical Center, Cape Regional Health System, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Salem Medical Center, Shore Medical Center, and Inspira Health Network.
VINELAND, NJ- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew and United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) Under Secretary Greg Ibach toured Seashore Fruit and Produce in Vineland, NJ to see the Farmers to Families Food Box Program in action. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program provides a partnership between the USDA and local farmers to provide nutritional assistance to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. This program is funded by Coronavirus relief funds passed earlier this year.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Van Drew voiced his extreme concern with the process of reopening Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities. Lines at almost every location were backed up to enormous levels, with some people waiting in line all day and still not receiving help. In some cases, law enforcement had to step in to assist in the process.
This is no longer about safety. This is Governor Murphy forcing businesses to die; businesses that just spent months investing and preparing to open at a time he gave his word to them on. The restaurants placed food orders, bought PPE, hired staff back, and started advertising.
How is going to a busy big-box store any safer than a prepared restaurant?
To compare us to other states undermines the pain and the work that went in to keeping us at the diminishing virus levels we are currently at. It does not represent any sense of reality in New Jersey.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew joined a lawsuit to force Governor Murphy to reopen the South Jersey economy. As a small business owner in South Jersey for decades, Congressman Van Drew is joining his fellow business owners to stop the onerous restrictions set by Governor Murphy. South Jersey and seasonal businesses depend on the summer months to survive for the year, and many are still in the dark on when and how they can reopen.
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew announced his opposition to the $3 trillion spending bill that Nancy Pelosi unveiled this week. While there are pieces of this legislation that would be beneficial to the current COVID crisis we are in, Speaker Pelosi has added in her wishlist of progressive, nation-changing proposals that she knows will never be signed into law.
Washington- Congressman Jeff Van Drew had a telephone meeting this afternoon with Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services(HHS) Eric Hargan on COVID-19 payments to hospital systems that arbitrarily missed out on hotspot funding. To receive the hotspot funding the hospital must have had 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients by April 10th. This lack of funding has only been exacerbated by the shutdown of elective surgical procedures on a statewide basis which has also been a large financial blow to hospitals.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew is calling on Governor Murphy to surge resources and create a taskforce over the shortfalls in execution on unemployment payments. Congressman Van Drew is requesting an “around- the-clock” approach and to pool resources (including utilizing short-term contract work for those affected) to fix the problems in an inundated system with outdated computer programming language that was first used in 1959. Congressman Van Drew and his staff are also offering to volunteer support to the state to help process and expedite claims.
I wanted to update you on some important happenings in Washington and in New Jersey.