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The Huizenga Huddle
April 6, 2020
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U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga
The Huizenga Huddle: April 6, 2020

First responders, doctors, and nurses are serving on the front lines against the coronavirus. To support these selfless heroes, I introduced the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020 on Friday. 

The HEROES Act would provide a four month federal income tax holiday for first responders and health care workers serving on the front lines against the coronavirus. This is similar to what our troops are provided when they are sent into a combat zone. 

The HEROES Act encompasses law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, hospital and licensed medical facility support staff, and senior care facility staff.

You can learn more about the HEROES Act and read all three pages of the bill here

Help Is On The Way: The CARES Act

Recently the House passed, and President Trump signed into law the CARES Act. This bipartisan legislation will provide critical relief to West Michigan residents, small businesses, and our medical professionals.
Under the CARES Act, individual taxpayers will receive up to $1,200 and an additional $500 per child. These are phased out when incomes exceed $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, and $150,000 for couples filing jointly. This means a family in West Michigan with two working adults and two children under 17 could receive up to $3,400 because of the CARES Act.

On March 27th, I spoke in support of the CARES Act. I also took this opportunity to say thank you to the first responders, the nurses, and the doctors who are serving our communities on the front lines as well as the farmers, the food processors, the truck drivers, and those stocking the shelves to make sure goods are available in this time of need.  You can watch my remarks on the House floor by clicking on the image above. 

The Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses are the engine of our economy. The CARES Act created a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and encourages these job creators to keep their employees on payroll.

The CARES Act provides financial resources through loans and tax relief. Small businesses can re-hire laid off workers, keep the lights on, and continue serving their communities where possible. If you are a small business owner and would like to utilize the Paycheck Protection Program, please visit SBA.gov/coronavirus to apply. 

Telephone Town Halls

Over the past month, I have held nearly weekly telephone town halls to update West Michigan on the latest policy developments in Washington. My team and I have gotten great feedback from constituents across the district about using this format of communication.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in these conversations. If you haven't yet joined, you can sign up to receive a phone call and be a part of the telephone town hall at Huizenga.House.Gov/Live

I will be holding my next telephone town hall conversation on Thursday, April 9th at 7:40PM. If you don't sign up, you will still be the opportunity to listen to the conversation at Huizenga.House.Gov/Live.

The audio recordings from my most recent telephone town halls, April 2nd and March 26th, are available on my website if you would like to listen to them. Additionally, Thursday's telephone town hall will be available to stream live on my website at Huizenga.House.Gov/Live.

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