Coronavirus Updates


As your representative, I am continuing to work on your behalf to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Your health and safety are my top priority during this unprecedented time. This is not a hoax: This is a very serious situation and we need to protect our communities.


On March 27, 2020, I voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. President Trump signed this legislation into law later that day. This was our "phase 3" legislative package to provide relief to Americans and small businesses that are struggling. The CARES Act will:

  • Provide American families with a tax rebate credit to help with cover expenses during this time;
  • Boost unemployment benefits;
  • Help small businesses continue to pay their employees through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • And provide funding for health care including funding for health care providers, funding for the strategic stockpile to ensure personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other medical supplies.  

The CARES Act has provided over $2.6 billion in grants to the Commonwealth to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the latest update on where grant money is going in the Second District and in Kentucky.

The PPP program initially provided over $4 billion in forgivable to Kentucky small businesses, but funding quickly ran out. On April 23, I voted for the PPP and Health Care Enhancement Act to provide an additional $310 billion in funding for the PPP program, as well as additional funding for health care providers and coronavirus testing.

In addition, in March I also voted for the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074) to provide nearly $8 billion in funding to respond to the coronavirus, as well as the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which increased testing capabilities around the country and included measures to ensure that employees can take sick leave due to COVID-19 and that children have access to food services.

Please rest assured that Congress will continue to work on legislation to help Americans respond to the coronavirus outbreak. See below for a full breakdown of how our legislative action will help Kentucky families and small businesses.

How to Keep You, Your Family, and Your Community Safe

To keep you and your family safe, you must continue to practice good hygiene. Stay home if you are sick. Do not travel if you do not have to. All international travel should be postponed. Everyone, but particularly the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, should stay home as much as possible. Staying home and practicing “social distancing” is the best way to keep our communities safe.

If you believe you may have the coronavirus, please call your doctor. For more information about the coronavirus in Kentucky, you can call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

The White House has released guidelines for reopening our economy in phases. Governor Beshear has also released specific guidance for Kentucky. I am eager to get everyone back to work, but we must do so safely.



Updates from the CDC
Updates on cases in Kentucky
Kentucky coronavirus hotline: 1-800-722-5725
EPA Information on Disinfectants 


National Crisis Hotlines
Kentucky Crisis Hotlines
Additional Mental Health Resources


Guidance from IRS on federal income taxes and the immediate cash relief Kentuckians will receive
Guidance for social security recipients
IRS: Economic impact payments: What you need to know
Tax Day delayed until July 15


Information on unemployment in Kentucky
Unemployment insurance hotline: 502-564-2900
File an unemployment insurance claim
Q&A on Paid Leave


Small Business Administration resources for small business owners (or call 1-800-659-2955)
IRS information on payroll tax credits for small and midsize businesses
U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet for Employers on Paid Leave
Q&A on Paid Leave
Field Assistance Bulletin on the Labor Department’s 30-day non-enforcement policy
Required Poster for Employers to Fulfill Notice Requirement
U.S. Department of Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Overview
PPP Borrower Application
PPP Borrower Information Sheet
PPP Lender Information Sheet
Treasury Department FAQ on PPP
Federal Reserve Policy Tools


CMS information for health care providers
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program


U.S. Department of Education resources available to students, parents, and teachers


Individuals traveling abroad who need assistance can contact my Bowling Green District Office at 270-842-9896 or through my website Contact for nearest U.S. embassy or consulate 
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
U.S. State Department guidance on international travel 
CDC guidance on domestic travel


USDA Resources


FEMA: How You Can Help
Volunteer opportunities
Donate PPE


Federal Trade Commission (FTC) resources for consumers and for businesses
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) resources


My website 
My Bowling Green District Office: 270-842-9896

Legislative Breakdown

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act – signed into law April 24, 2020


  • An additional $310 billion for the Small Business Administration’s successful Paycheck Protection Program, which will allow the Trump administration to continue providing forgivable loans to cover the cost of payroll and operating expenses for small businesses.
  • $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loans and grants, including:
  • Additional funds are provided for the Small Business Administration to administer these programs.



$75 billion to support the heroes on the front lines of this crisis and our healthcare system,

including additional funding to reimburse hospitals and healthcare providers for lost revenues and expenses related to the outbreak.



$25 billion to expand testing, which will provide information on where cases are occurring, and support continued efforts to reopen communities and reignite our record-breaking economy.


CARES Act – signed into law March 27, 2020


Relief to American Families:

  • A one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 per individual and $500 per child for those with a valid SSN. There are no earned income or tax liability requirements to receive these rebate checks. The full rebate amount is available for those with incomes at or below $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, and $150,000 for married couples. Payments are phased out above those thresholds until it is phased out completely for single taxpayers with incomes at $99,000 or $198,000 for joint filers. Most payments will be delivered through direct deposit, and will be based on the 2018 tax year if you have not yet filed for 2019. The IRS has begun disbursing payments and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. If the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, they have a tool on their website which allows you to provide that information. The IRS has another tool that allows you to check the status of your payment, which you can also find at  
  • Significantly boosted unemployment insurance benefits, expanding eligibility and offering certain workers an additional $600 a week on top of what state unemployment programs pay. It also provides states the flexibility to offer an additional 13 weeks of unemployment if they are furloughed or lose their job due to COVID-19. Created an employee retention tax credit to incentivize businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis.


Small Businesses:

  • Paycheck Protection: The bill created a new “paycheck protection program” through the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program for small employers, self-employed individuals, and “gig economy” workers, with $350 billion and an additional $310 billion in today’s bill to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Paycheck Protection Program” provides 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. The Treasury Department issued regulations requiring 75% of the loan goes towards payroll costs and for interest rates to be .5% fixed rate. These new paycheck protection loans are automatic deferrals of principal, interest, and fees for 6 months, however interest will centime to accrue over this period.  If the employer maintains payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities will be forgiven, which will help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis. This program is retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, 501(c)(3)s with less than 500 employees will be eligible. Businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. The max loan amount is capped at $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll based on the prior year’s payroll. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contact actors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans.
  • Small Business Contractors Also Get Protection: Federal agencies are required to extend contract performance periods and promptly pay small business contractors impacted by COVID-19.
  • Debt Relief: For six months, SBA is required to pay all principal, interest and fees on all existing SBA loan products including 7(a), Community Advantage, 504, and Microloan programs.



  • Provides Another Option for Employers to Keep Connected to Their Employees: Employers of all sizes that face closure orders or suffer economic hardship due to the coronavirus crisis that continue to pay employees that are furloughed may be eligible for a 50% credit on up to $10,000 of wages paid to those employees.  This will help workers keep their jobs, help local businesses ride out this storm, and ensure that furloughed workers have jobs to return to.
  • Delays Payroll Tax Payments for Employers: Employers are able to delay the payment of their 2020 payroll taxes until 2021 and 2022, leading to approximately $300 billion of extra cash flow for businesses


Health Care:

  • Ensures that all tests for COVID-19 are covered with no out of pocket costs.
  • Ensures that providers and labs supplying COVID-19 testing and related services charge fair and transparent rates.
  • Requires a COVID-19 vaccine to be covered with no out of pocket costs no later than 15 business days after a United States Preventive Task Force rating of A or B or a recommendation of coverage from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Grants DOL authority to give health, retirement, and disability plans additional time to comply with deadlines, such as COBRA continuation coverage, special enrollment, claims for benefits, appeals of denied claims, and external review of certain claims.
  • Provides additional funding for states, hospitals, providers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), education, and disaster relief.



On March 14, 2020, I voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a comprehensive bill to help employees and families respond to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump signed this legislation into law on March 18, 2020. This legislation:

  • Required all commercial insurance plans pay for the treatment and testing of the coronavirus.
  • Ensured that all tests administered under ERISA plans for COVID-19 are covered with no out of pocket costs
  • Provided funding and flexibility to ensure low-income students continue to have access to meals while schools are closed.
  • Ensured that employees can take sick leave if they have the coronavirus or if they are caring for someone who has it.

Qualified Sick Leave Wages:

  • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees must pay up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave to full-time employees (pro-rata rules apply to part-time employees) who are home sick from coronavirus, complying with a quarantine, or taking care of an individual who has been infected. This leave also applies to working families who may be forced home due to school closures.
  • Federal government will provide employers with a refundable payroll tax credit of 100 percent of the required wages.
  • Employees are capped at $200 per day ($511 per day in the case of employees that are home sick from coronavirus or complying with a quarantine).
  • Secretary of Labor may issue rules to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from these requirements when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.


Qualified Family Leave Wages:

  • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees must provide an additional 12 weeks of paid leave due to caring for a child whose school is closed.
  • The first 2 weeks of the leave, which is covered by the qualified sick leave described above, may be unpaid.
  • During the remaining 10 weeks, the employer will pay 2/3 of the employee’s salary, capped at $200 per day for up to 50 days.
  • Federal government will provide businesses with a refundable payroll tax credit of 100 percent of the required wages.
  • Secretary of Labor may issue rules to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from these requirements when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.



On March 4, 2020, I voted for the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This legislation provided nearly $8 billion in funding to combat the spread of coronavirus in the United States, with $7 million going to Kentucky. Four health care facilities in the Second District have already received funding through this program, with more grants to come.