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Tipton Urges Swift Federal Action for Colorado’s Coronavirus Recovery

March 17, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) joined with members of the Colorado delegation on two letters addressing ongoing relief efforts for families and businesses across Colorado affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

“This outbreak has already had a significant impact on Colorado, especially in the Third Congressional District. Although we must continue to focus on keeping our families healthy and protecting the most vulnerable, we cannot lose sight of the road to recovery,” said Tipton. “The federal resources available should be well outlined to prevent long-term economic hardships on rural communities. The last thing businesses and families should worry about is their financial situation once our nation moves on from this public health crisis. I am going to keep fighting on behalf of the rural counties and businesses that are often the hardest hit by economic downturns. The faster the response, the better the chances are to mitigate any long-term instability.”

The first letter addressed to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Peter Gaynor, requested expedited guidance and clarity on FEMA resources available to local communities across Colorado. In part the letter reads:

“Many counties across Colorado have expressed frustration over what they perceive as a lack of clear guidance as to what actions are reimbursable under this national emergency declaration. While FEMA and other agencies have provided a few examples of what can be reimbursed – such as costs associated with activating State Emergency Operations Centers and the state National Guards – they have not provided specific examples for the local levels or clear guidelines on how to access these funds.

COVID-19 has become a global pandemic and a national crisis. It is critical that all levels of government are equipped with the information and resources needed to combat this novel coronavirus. For this reason, we are requesting that FEMA reach out to local governments (i.e., counties and municipalities) and provide them with the necessary information to make them aware of all of the resources and assistance available to them during this emergency.”

The second letter sent to Small Business Administration Director, Jovita Carrazna, urges the agency to approve a disaster designation so that small businesses in the state will become eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. This loan request was initially made by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. The designation will help small business owners successfully apply for low-interest federal loans and unlock other Small Business Administration (SBA) tools and assistance designed to assist small businesses that are suffering a substantial economic injury as a result of the pandemic. In part the letter reads:

“We write to urge you to quickly approve the request made by Governor Polis for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration for the State of Colorado, due to disruption to businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Colorado businesses are experiencing substantial losses and business disruption as a result of the national response to the recent outbreak and spread of COVID-19. All sectors of the economy are feeling the effects of this pandemic and every available incentive to help businesses and the workers they employ through this uncertain time is critical. It is our understanding that the Governor has submitted a formal request for a Small Business Administration disaster declaration in order to help the affected businesses recover.”

 

Background:

Full text of the FEMA letter is available here.

Full text of the SBA letter is available here.

Earlier this month, Tipton joined 414 other House members in supporting a supplemental funding bill which was signed into law by President Trump.

Tipton also sent 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 .

Additionally, Tipton joined a Colorado delegation letter to Dr. Redfield to expedite the allocation of additional funds to be used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

 

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