U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) on Friday convened a needs assessment conference call with 8th District government leaders and first responders to brief them on congressional action to provide assistance for coronavirus (COVID-19) efforts, and to conduct a “needs assessment” of local requirements as the crisis unfolds.
“It’s incredibly important for public health and for recovery that leaders in Washington hear what’s happening in our local communities — action at the federal level has to be informed by what those on the front lines are asking for,” Slotkin said. “I’m grateful to mayors, township supervisors, police chiefs, and firefighters who joined me today to raise their concerns so we can make sure that legislation is keyed to needs we have on the ground. I’m also grateful to Governor Whitmer, who has repeatedly reached out to members of the Michigan delegation to keep lines of communication open. This is how we’re going to get through this crisis — all levels of government working together.”
To communicate broadly with 8th District constituents, Slotkin will hold a tele-town hall at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Constituents can sign up to participate at https://slotkin.house.gov/live.
Slotkin convened the call with local leaders from Washington, D.C., where the House is expected to vote on a coronavirus response package designed to assist workers and families dealing with the economic impact of the crisis. She briefed 8th District leaders on the latest regarding that legislation, and on the assistance likely to be available to local communities after the President’s emergency declaration earlier today. She also discussed assistance available from an earlier, $8.2 billion public health response bill passed into law last week, including how Michigan businesses can take advantage of Small Business Administration loan guarantees.
She also briefed local officials on her efforts to ensure that emergency public health funding is made available to local public health officials; on nutrition assistance to students who depend on school lunch programs; and on efforts to make more testing and protective equipment available to first responders and medical providers on the front lines of crisis response in Michigan.
“This is a fast-moving crisis, and families across Michigan are looking for answers on how they should respond,” Slotkin said. “It’s essential for local officials to have the latest information for the people and institutions they serve, and for me to know what they’re hearing and seeing so I can best represent their communities in Washington.”