Here’s what you need to know today, March 23rd:
- Today, Senator Murphy introduced legislation to force the federalization of our medical supply chain. The bill would require President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act, pivot U.S. manufacturers toward scarce critical medical equipment, and centralize distribution so that states and hospitals aren’t competing against each other to get it. In Connecticut, hospitals and medical professionals are in desperate need of supplies like gowns, masks and ventilators.
- If you have personal protective items you can donate to our state’s medical professionals, please fill out the online form at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.
- Connecticut has received additional waivers from USDA that will make SNAP more accessible to Connecticut residents and moderately increase SNAP benefits for some recipients. However, more needs to be done to help families get food and not go hungry. That’s why I am calling for Congress to increase all SNAP benefits by 15% in the next coronavirus aid package.
- This afternoon and last night, Senator Murphy voted against moving forward with Republican legislation that would have created a slush fund to bail out big businesses. Senator Murphy remains hopeful that both parties can quickly reach a compromise that supports those most in need. Earlier today Senator Murphy went down to the Senate floor to call for a package that helps states combat the public health crisis.
- Today at 8 PM, Connecticut’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order goes into effect. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. will remain OPEN. More information on that order can be found at: https://bit.ly/2WEOmj1
- The Small Business administration will be hosting a conference call tomorrow to provide further updates to small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Wendell Davis, Regional Administrator of SBA will be explaining the loan programs and how companies can qualify. For more information and to register: https://www.ctexporters.com/special-topics-conference-calls/
- Governor Lamont is urging people to sign up for cell phone alerts through the state’s CTAlert system. If you’re not subscribed to the #CTAlert emergency messaging system, visit: https://ctalert.gov
- One fun thing: Kyle, a senior from Meriden, shares a song to encourage everyone to stay safe and practice social distancing. Watch here: https://bit.ly/2UwrP5b