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COVID-19 Resources

Susie's Actions on COVID

Taking Action, Getting Results: Susie Lee's Response to COVID-19

 

Nevadans sent Susie Lee to Congress in 2019 with a mandate to shake loose the partisan gridlock, solve problems, and get things done. She did just that, and has earned wide recognition from independent organizations for her determination to work with both Republicans and Democrats, all while navigating some of the most difficult crises of the modern era. 

Susie met this moment of global pandemic with her typical style of pragmatic, problem-solving leadership: She introduced emergency paid family leave into the first Coronavirus relief package, went to bat for Nevada’s economy when the Administration excluded small businesses that get revenue from gaming from the Paycheck Protection Program, and put her offices to work helping hundreds of Nevadans get their unemployment checks. Susie has been a vocal advocate for evidence-based recovery efforts, including the expansion of testing, through her work with the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. 

Her number one priority is always fighting for the people of Nevada.

 

With so much going on in the world today, it is critical Nevadans know where their leaders stand on the response to and recovery from Coronavirus. Susie knows we must have a two-pronged approach to this crisis: our public health response and our economic response. We cannot afford to address one but not the other, and in our efforts to do so, we must prioritize those Americans who have been hardest hit by Coronavirus and the economic recession that came with it.

If you believe that we need to work together to find a path through this unprecedented challenge, support Susie Lee in Nevada’s Third Congressional District on November 3rd.

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Timeline of Susie's Response

Susie and her offices have assisted more than 16,000 Nevadans since the pandemic began with issues related to Coronavirus, and she is proud to have assisted thousands of them with their issues related to unemployment, small business loans, economic impact payments, and health care related questions. In addition, Susie has taken numerous actions in DC to help our country recover from the pandemic and its economic consequences. A timeline featuring some of her work for Nevada is below:

  • February 28: Susie and her congressional colleagues send a letter to House and Senate leadership voicing support for the appropriation of comprehensive supplemental funding to address Coronavirus.

  • March 3: Susie and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus meet with VP Pence on the Administration’s Coronavirus response.

  • March 4: First emergency legislation to address Coronavirus is passed providing funding for health districts and creating the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for small businesses.

  • March 6: Susie meets with AAPI small business owners to discuss the impact of the tide of racism stemming from the pandemic.

  • March 11: Susie restructures her offices to handle concerns about Coronavirus and its economic impact.

  • March 12: Susie introduces a bill to expand access to family and medical leave during the pandemic and advocates for its inclusion in the second Coronavirus relief package.

  • March 13: Families First Coronavirus Response Act passes with Susie's amendment on family leave.

  • March 20: Gov. Sisolak orders non-essential businesses to close for 30 days to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. He later extends this order through May.

  • March 21: Susie hosts her second telephone town hall of the pandemic period with public health experts, state, and local officials.

  • March 25: Susie’s bill, the Supporting Older Americans Act, is signed into law, which provides funding for Meals on Wheels, elder care services, and many other programs that support Nevada’s seniors.

  • March 27: CARES ACT passed and signed into law. This Legislation:

    • Created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a small business loan program designed to ensure that small business workers continue to receive their paychecks through the Coronavirus Crisis.

    • Created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for independent contractors programs, which is now providing unemployment assistance to gig workers like hair stylists, Uber and Lyft drivers, and musical performers on the Las Vegas Strip.

    • Included one of Susie’s provisions regarding Medicaid, ensuring states hit by the lingering effects of Coronavirus have enough money to continue providing health care to Nevadans.

  • March 27: Susie connects Wynn Resorts with local nursing homes, helping to coordinate much-needed deliveries of PPE to protect Nevada seniors.

  • Susie reorients campaign in response to COVID-19, starts community check-in phone banks and directing support to local relief efforts.

  • April 2: SBA releases interim rules on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that adopt previous regulation that has the effect of excluding businesses “that derive more than one-third of their gross revenue from gambling activities.”

  • April 3: The American Gaming Association sounds the alarm on the PPP gaming provisions. Realizing that this interim rule would discriminate against not only small casinos, but many of the restaurants, bars, and taverns in the district, the entire Nevada Congressional Delegation goes to work on solutions.

  • April 8: Susie joins the American Gaming Association and 14 other members of Congress (7 Democrats and 7 Republicans) urging President Trump to take action to address the gaming exclusion in the PPP Program.

  • April 9: Susie introduces a bill to provide $250B to smaller cities like Henderson, Boulder City, and North Las Vegas to aid them in responding to Coronavirus. These cities were excluded from funding in the CARES Act.

  • April 10: Susie joins 62 other members of Congress in calling for PPP funding to be available for local chambers of commerce, many of whom are helping their members apply for PPP.

  • April 14: Susie holds another telephone town hall on the financial impacts of Coronavirus with IRS officials and local legal advocates.

  • April 16: With the PPP already running out of money, SBA releases initial statistics on the performance of the program. According to the SBA, only 8,674 Nevada small businesses received funding in the first round of the program, about a third of what similar sized states (Utah, Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi) received.

    • Susie determined that Nevada’s poor performance in the first round of the PPP program was caused by three primary factors

      • Many small businesses lacked commercial banking relationships with the banks administering the program, and several of the large national banks only approved a handful of loans in Nevada.

      • Nevada credit unions were excluded from administering PPP loans because of a technical glitch that disallowed privately insured credit unions (like Clark County Credit Union, Silver State Schools Credit Union, Boulder Dam Credit Union and Weststar Credit Union) from participating.

      • Restaurants, bars, small casinos, and taverns were excluded from applying to PPP by the Administration.

  • April 16: Susie joins Rep. Schakowsky in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging him to implement safety standards and collect Coronavirus data on nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

  • April 20: Susie sends a letter to House Leadership advocating for Nevada credit unions to be eligible to administer PPP loans, expanding the number of options available to small businesses.

  • April 21: Susie joins Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) in introducing the TEAM Veteran Caregiver Act, a bill to secure benefits and support for Veteran family caregivers.

  • April 22: The Nevada House Delegation and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from around the country send a letter to the House & Senate Small Business Committees urging them to include specific legislative language in the next small business funding bill that would prohibit the SBA “from directly or indirectly barring small businesses from the program or future Coronavirus relief programs solely because of their involvement in a particular industry, their lack of history of a lending relationship with a particular financial institution, or any other arbitrary criteria that would limit access to capital.”

  • April 23: Susie testifies to the Small Business Committee highlighting the need of PPP loans for “restaurant owners, tavern owners, convenience store owners. These are all employees deserving of protection.”

  • April 23: Susie votes with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to extend desperately needed funding to the PPP program with more funds targeted towards local banks and community credit unions.

    • The legislation included language that Susie advocated for that made Nevada credit unions eligible to administer PPP loans, expanding the number of options available to small businesses.

  • April 24: SBA reverses course and decides to allow businesses that get revenue from gaming to access the Paycheck Protection Program.

  • April 28: Susie joins a virtual forum on the impact of the pandemic on homeless veterans with the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

  • April 28: Addressing concerns that many students in the Clark County School District don’t have access to the internet to facilitate at-home learning, Susie sends a letter urging the FCC to do a better job of informing people of their eligibility for low-cost broadband services.

  • April 29: Susie joins KLAS for a community town hall about the response to Coronavirus.

  • May 5: Susie joins Rep. Schakowsky urging the administration to designate funding specifically for testing at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

  • May 5: Susie cosponsors the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation that would establish and provide funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which ensures funding for students to access telecommunications equipment for remote learning during the public health emergency declared because of Coronavirus.

  • May 15: Susie votes for the Heroes Act, which included $8 billion to stabilize the Nevada economy, and stem budget cuts at Nevada’s school. Specifically, four of Susie’s provisions were included in the bill:

    • Susie’s provision to increase Medicaid funding to states like Nevada, which had been severely impacted by the economic effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    • Susie’s provision to provide budgetary relief for cities like Henderson and Boulder City to protect essential services.

    • The Emergency Educational Connections Act, which provided funding for schools and libraries to purchase equipment for distance learning, to address educational needs during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    • A provision to prevent States from using federal funds to supplant education funding, preventing further cuts in the Classroom.

  • May 28: Susie voted in support of the TRUTH Act (Small Business Transparency and Reporting for the Underbanked and Taxpayers at Home Act).

  • May 28: Susie speaks on the House Floor in support of emergency relief funding for schools and local governments, highlighting Del Sol Academy teacher Kenny Belknap’s store.

  • May 29: Nevada officially enters Phase 2 of Reopening. Per the Roadmap to Recovery, a minimum of 2-3 weeks needed to assess and evaluate data and trends throughout this phase.

  • June 20: SBA announces that 40,000 Nevada small businesses have now secured PPP loans. Nearly 80% of these loans were secured in the second round of PPP funding, after the fixes that Susie and the Nevada Delegation advocated for were instituted.

  • June 24: Gov. Sisolak issues an order for all Nevadans and visitors to wear masks in all public spaces as Coronavirus-19 cases once again near their previous records in Nevada.

 

Susie's opponents have been spreading falsehoods about Susie's response to the pandemic. We're setting the record straight.

 

 

 

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Congresswoman Susie Lee had a conflict of interest.

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Important Information

For information on Coronavirus relief in Nevada, please refer to Congresswoman Lee's Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guide.

For additional resources, visit Congresswoman Lee's official House website. 

 

If you have any questions, call the Office of Congresswoman Susie Lee at (702) 963-9336. We can help you get the assistance you need.

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