As we work across all levels of goverment to coordinate our response to coronavirus, make sure to regularly check my social media pages and this website for regular updates. Meanwhile, reference use the references below for helpful information.
For local city and state information regarding Coronavirus, view our page: https://meeks.house.gov/coronaviruslocal
For a look at the THIRS bill package, the $2 trillion stimulus package called the CARES Act, here's a breakdown:
- Individuals or heads of household earning under $75,000 or joint filers earning up to $150,000 will get $1,200 to help them during this difficult time. There is also support for small businesses hurt by coronavirus. For answers to any questions you may have regarding this major stimulus package, call my office at 718-725-6000.
- Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file
to receive an economic impact payment. They will automatically receive the economic impact payment the same way they normally receive their Social Security benefits More information from #IRS at:
- Non-filers should use this resource to provide the IRS their information in order to receive their check: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
- You can use this portal to see the status of your reimbursement and provide up to date information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
For a look at the SECOND bill package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, take a look at a breakdown of what was included:
- Workers and employers can use this Questions and Answers sheet from the Department of Labor for responses to commonly asked questions about how Families First Cares Act works.
The FIRST bill Congress passed to respond to coronavirus was an $8.3 billion package to provide emergency funding to:
- Give federal, state and local public health agencies $2.2 billion to prepare and respond to the coronavirus, allowing them to ramp up testing, get reimbursed for public health safety controls and keep track of the virus.
- Funding for research into a vaccine.
Testing centers are on the way throughout New York, but its important that those tests are made available to those who exhibit symptoms. Make sure to call 3-1-1 if you believe you are exhibiting those symptoms, where a professional will be able to direct you as needed. See coronavirus symptoms here:
For general information about coronavirus, see this fact sheet from the CDC
Remember to continue practicing social distancing, so that we slow down transmission rates and flatten the curve of the outbreak, that way our health systems aren't inundated with patients. The rule of thumb is this: If you can stay home, you should stay home. We are working in Congress to pass legislation to address these interruptions and make sure families do not feel the burden of this pandemic.
Stay safe, and look out for eachother. We are in this together and we will overcome this together.
- Rep. Gregory W. Meeks