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Tipton Outlines 3rd District COVID-19 Response Priorities for House Leadership

March 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a letter detailing the immediate and upcoming needs for communities in Colorado’s Third District as additional supplementary spending bills are crafted. After sending the letter to House Leadership, Tipton provided the following statement:

“Rural Coloradans are typically among the first to feel the punch of an economic downturn; however, there are steps that can be taken now to help better position them to quickly rebound and regain the economic growth of the last few years. The impact of COVID-19 is already severe, and my primary focus is the safety of my constituents and their ability to pay their bills and provide for their families.  I will keep going to bat for rural Colorado in every conversation regarding COVID-19.”

Specifically, Tipton’s letter requested that upcoming legislation emphasize the need to address:

  • Rural Health Care
    • Long-term reauthorization of the Community Health Center (CHC) Fund
    • Direct Financial Support for CHCs to Keep Doors Open
    • Immediate direct financial support for Critical Access Hospitals
    • Medicare Telehealth Eligibility for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Centers (RHC)
    • Delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Cuts
  • Economic Relief for Businesses
    • Direct Financial Support and Loan Guarantee for all Severely Distressed Sectors
    • Emergency Funding for Small Airports
    • Waiver of Ski Area Fees and Enactment of Ski Area Fee Retention Act
    • Qualified Improvement Property technical amendments
    • Temporary Access to 0% loans for small businesses and non-profits under the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (SBA EIDL)
    • Coronavirus Tribal Relief Fund
  • Continuity of Mental Healthcare for Higher Education Students
  • Universal Charitable Giving Tax Deduction

The need to prioritize these issues stems from a series of ongoing conversations between Tipton and community leaders, business owners and constituents regarding COVID-19 outbreak preparedness and response plans.

Full text of the letter can be found here.

Tipton’s recent efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak:

March 19- Tipton introduces legislation to improve data sharing between Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human services to expedite care and information to elderly and homeless populations.

March 19- Tipton hosts district-wide tele town hall with representatives from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Mesa County Public Health Department, Colorado Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, and the Small Business Administration.

March 17- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letters to FEMA and the Small Business Administration requesting expeditated disaster relief assistance.

March 14- Tipton and 414 other House members support an emergency supplemental funding bill, which was signed into law by President Trump.

March 5- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letter to Dr. Redfield to expedite the allocation of additional funds to be used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

March 3-Tipton sends two letters, one addressed to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, MD, and the other to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, requesting that the unique needs of rural Coloradans be thoroughly addressed with any response plan to combat COVID-19 .