Dear Ms. Price;
Thank you for contacting me regarding the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on our country. I appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns, as hearing from you helps me better represent Kentucky in the United States Senate.
The spread of COVID-19, the highly infectious disease commonly known as the “novel coronavirus,” has resulted in a global pandemic and, for a period, shut down our economy. It is not only a public health crisis, but an economic crisis, as well.
Congress has an important responsibility to steer Americans through this tumultuous time by passing legislation that provides federal relief to businesses, workers, families, and individuals across the country. Congress has addressed this crisis, so far, through three phases: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-123), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (P.L. 116-127), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136).
The first phase of legislation provided over $7 billion to bolster state response efforts, including $9 million to Kentucky that was delivered to the state public health department and community health centers across the Commonwealth. The second phase of legislation established an emergency paid leave program, increased nutrition assistance and unemployment benefits, and required private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid to provide coverage without cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and related services. The CARES Act, which I introduced and led through the Senate, addressed four key goals: direct financial payments to Americans, rapid relief for small businesses and their employees, significant steps to stabilize our economy and protect jobs, and further resources for frontline health care workers. This included $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide urgent help to small businesses to keep workers employed during this pandemic. I was proud that the CARES Act passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0 and was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The bold legislation I introduced became the largest economic rescue package in American history, and it is already having a $12 billion impact in Kentucky.
I also led through the Senate and to enactment on April 24, 2020 the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139), to replenish the funding for many popular relief programs created under the CARES Act. More than 50,000 loans totaling over $5.2 billion has been delivered to small businesses and their workers in Kentucky, over $1.1 billion has been distributed to Kentucky health care providers, and over $120 million was provided for testing in the Commonwealth.
In July, I introduced an additional relief package, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act. The HEALS Act focuses on getting people back to work, supporting education for our children, and winning the healthcare fight against the virus. This legislation provides assistance for both education and child care providers to help America’s kids safely return to school. It also protects doctors, nurses, local governments, school districts, and universities, among others, from a second epidemic of frivolous lawsuits. Additionally, the HEALS Act provides more flexibility on PPP and a second round of loans, as well as extends supplemental unemployment insurance. This legislation also expands the funding needed for future treatments and vaccines development, while providing further relief for the health care heroes fighting the virus on the front line.
Unfortunately, our Democratic colleagues are holding out on these much needed relief efforts in hopes of passing a non-COVID related, radical wish list including tax breaks for rich people in New York and California. While working families are crippled by the unknown of what next week will bring and are aching for direct relief, Democrats are preventing Americans from receiving a second round of direct payments provided by the HEALS Act so they can try to pass a bill that requires research studies in the marijuana industry. I can assure you, I will not allow this national pandemic to be hijacked for political gain. As we continue our work to navigate this pandemic, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind, and I will continue working to enact legislation that will help America make it through this challenge.
Again, thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts. To learn how to protect youand your family from COVID-19, you may visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov/. If you would like to receive periodic updates from my office, please sign up for my eNewsletter at http://mcconnell.senate.gov, become a fan of my page on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell or follow my office on Twitter @McConnellPress.
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I was born on December 24, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Norton Hospital. My Mother is now in heaven and died in May of 1996 from smoking with complications in her lungs. My Dad passed away in August of 2011 in Texas. When I was six my Dad left my Mother and gained custody of my Sister and I. My sister was born in 1965 and then a year later we moved to Harrodsburg Kentucky with my Aunt Mary and my Grandmother Mary. I lived with my Aunt Mary and my Grandmother for 2 years in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Then at 8 years old my Dad remarried and we moved to Lexington, Kentucky to be with my step mother. After living in Lexington for 2 years we moved to Darien, Connecticut resulting from my Dads knew job with the telephone company. My Dad worked for General Telephone and Electronics and commuted to New York city everyday to his job. Then later on the company moved to Stamford, Connecticut and now this was a better situation for my Dad. After, the company moved to Stamford my Dad had more time for us and was glad he did not have commute to his job anymore in New York City. We moved to Darien, Connecticut around 1971 and I was in the third grade and was a student at Holmes School and I was at the age of 11 years old. Then my my have brother was born in April of 1970 in Lexington, Kentucky. I lived in Connecticut about eight years and enlisted in the United states Navy at the age of 18 years old. I went to Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes Illinois and went to the fleet and became a Plankowner aboard the USS Thorn DD-88 home-ported in Charleston South Carolina. While in the Navy I worked toward getting my GED and then after my enlistment was over I enrolled at Brookhaven College. Also, I was a student at Video Technical Institute for a short while. Furthermore, I was a student at Dallas Christian College. After the Navy I moved to Dallas, Texas and moved back home with my parents. I enlisted in the Navy on 14JUN1979 and had a wonderful tour of duty. Then I served in the inactive reserves from 1983 to 1985 and completed my obligation to the Navy. I went to many places and saw many things. Then one day I decided to get on Greyhound Bus and move back to Lexington, Kentucky with my Mother. I came back to Lexington in August of 1987 and was at the age of 27 years old. I have lived in Lexington, Kentucky ever since that time. Now, I am part-time student at the University of Kentucky for the Spring Semester 2022 in the Family Science Program with a Minor in Environmental Studies and will be taking a Family Science course as college senior. Also, I am Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student for the Spring Semester 2022 and have two math class away from graduating with an Associates of Arts Degree with focus in Social Work. Moreover, I like higher learning very much and have been working very hard as a college student through the years. Also, I have earned a Medicaid Nurse Aide Certificate on May 9, 2021 and have earned 3 credit hour’s and now have my first prerequisite to be a Registered Nurse (RN) at BCTC. Also, I go to NAMI meetings and volunteer at the V.A. Medical Center as a Escort/Patient Transport and many other things as well.
When I was a Seaman aboard the USS Thorn DD-988 this was a good experience for me. I showed that, I could be a responsible Sailor aboard this ship. My favorite job was being the helmsman on the bridge aboard this ship. While growing up as a young teenager I worked many jobs and was able to earn my own pocket money. Furthermore, I am currently a student at the University of Kentucky with the College of Agriculture Food, and Environment. I will be working towards graduating from UK with a BA in Family Science with Minor in Environmental Studies. Also, I have done volunteer work with UK Health Care and starting to be more involved in my community doing things. Moreover, I am a member of the NAACP and have done things with the Kentuckians of the Commonwealth. This being said, I have had a job working for Morrison Health Care from September of 2019 to January of 2020 as a Food Service Worker at the UK Hospital Pavilion A of the hospital and like this job very much. Although, I was experiencing physical limitations and no longer could hold this job.
Also, I regularly attend Council Meetings at City Hall and have spoken during Public Comments. I am accountable and responsible person to the people, because I have good morals and want to get things done. Moreover, I do not put off tomorrow of things that can be done today. Furthermore, I accept people who are different than me. I am open-minded to what people have to say and and have excellent leadership skills. Moreover, I believe the voice of the people to govern in making our Democracy work.
Furthermore, I am a appointed Commissioner with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government serving on the Environmental Commission for a four-year term. Moreover, I will serve the public honorably and will carry out my responsibilities to the best of my ability as a Commissioner. Moreover, I am honored to be accepted to this position and like being involved in the Lexington community. Also, I have been a write in Mayor Candidate for the City of Lexington, Kentucky for the General Elections on November 6, 2018 elections.
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I want to get the word out that recovery is possible and the expectation. That there is hope and that people with mental illness can live productive lives. Furthermore, the need to educate the public about mental illness and stamp out stigma. Moreover, to help my peers have better mental health and that they can learn how to reach their full potential and be happy about their successes, hopes and dreams. Then to change laws when there is a need for a call to action. Basically, I want to achieve better treatment plans, better social rights, better human rights, better health care, better housing and have their basic needs met. I have mental illness and want to help my peers with their recovery process and want to help my peers learn, work, live and be part of communities. Also, I believe that people with mental illness can voice their concerns to their government officials who change laws and that their voice can be heard. I look at myself as the ambassador of recovery and to end stigma by being an advocate of those who have mental illness.
I am an Adult Kentucky Peer Support Specialist, Facilitator, IOOV Presenter, Warm_Line Peer Supporter, and on the Leadership Team with the Participation Station with NAMI. Also, I am an Family Science student at the University of Kentucky and a Bluegrass Community and Technical College Student. Furthermore, I am a Commissioner of the Environmental Commission with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government for a 4-year term appointment and hope to serve another term. Moreover, I am involved with our local Law Enforcement Agencies. I am now working towards an Bachelors of Family Science with a Minor in Environmental Studies from the recommendations from my Social Work academic advisors. This sounds like a new opportunity with my educational goals as a student. Also, I have been a Volunteer with UK Health Care and have been a volunteer many other places as well. Moreover, I am currently a Volunteer at the Lexington V.M. Medical Center as a Escort/Patient Transport at the hospital.
I help with fundraising events with the Lexington Police Department, also I am graduate of the University of Kentucky Police Department, Citizens Police Academy Class of 24 (UK CPA) and help Police Officers Families when they are in need. Also, I have designed my own political website and have skills and have done a lot of public service work and have even thought of being Lexington V.A. Medical Center Volunteer Coordinator .
Furthermore, I have experience in Law enforcement training and have served in the United State Navy as a Seaman aboard the USS Thorn DD-988 as part of the original crew on a Spruance Class Destroyer. My favorite job was helmsman on the bridge of the ship. I have some computer skills connected with school work as a student. Furthermore, I like to write and take pictures in my spare time as well. I have been taking trips on Greyhound Bus and have been able to plan my adventures. My last trip of this year was on October of 2021. I went to my High School 1980 40th Year Reunion and travel to New Your City and Darien, Connecticut around the surrounding areas where I grew up as child. Then I have been taking continuing education classes and have earn a lot of CEU Credits. Moreover, I am sponsoring two children from Mexico, and Bangladesh, and have even sponsored 6 more children from Viet Nam, DCR Congo, another child from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bogota, Columbia South America, another child from Mexico with World Vision. Also, I serve as an advocate for children as a Child Ambassador as well. In the summer June of 12-20, 2019 I went on a mission trip to Mexico and visited my sponsored child from Mexico. Also, I have done things with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and the Hope Center helping the homeless. Furthermore, I am member of the NAACP and now want to be involved with the Mental Health Court with NAMI Lexington.
Most politicians use the Media in their campaigns to hold public offices. I have a mixture of political ideologies in social work ideas. However, I lean more towards being radical in nature and believe with some of the ideas of Karl Marx. Yet, I am an American and believe in Democracy. I cannot understand why early radicals in the field of social work were falsely accused of being communist or believing in McCarthyism. This disturbs me and frightens me. Moreover, by keeping a balance with your political ideologies and understanding the big picture of social work you can begin to solve problems in society. Politicians wants the American people to understand their vision for our country and want you to vote for them. In addition, it helps to be more knowledgeable about political issues, because it affects us all. A long time ago most presidents did not use the media to hold public office. But, now things have changed in America and the world we live in today. Politicians are now using the media to become closer to the American people. This is true because technology has revolutionized the world. The age of information and the way we communicate allows us to be closer. The American could not do without the freedom of the press to give us our news. The freedom of the press is global and affect us all in this world. The mass media must get the news out and not reveal their sources. The freedom of the press is mentioned in the Constitution of the United States of America. I look at the credit ability of the media and decide what to believe and how I should respond. Social learning can make us to learn from the media and that people may want to know more. Then that the media may not be telling the truth, or the media may not be reliable. In some things the public has a need to know. Nevertheless, the public does not know sometimes, and the media is expected to censor their sources because of political reason from our government. The media is very important for us and keeps us informed about what is going on in the world. I do know you cannot get away from the media. Unless you are living in some remote area in the world and do not have the latest technology. Basically, exercise your right as an American to vote and keep our Democracy alive and well.
“Ms. Price –
I’m writing in response to the inquiry you sent to Mayor Jim Gray’s office about access to clean drinking water in Lexington/Fayette County.
Kentucky American Water provides drinking water throughout Lexington and Fayette County. All residents receive the same quality drinking water that meets and exceeds the US EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory standards. As a water utility, we can ensure the quality of the drinking water that we deliver to a residence or business, but once the water passes through the water meter and onto a customer’s property it is ultimately the home or business owner’s responsibility to ensure the internal plumbing is maintained in order to prevent any impairments to the drinking water within the building. Additionally, the perception of drinking water tastes and odors varies widely between individuals.
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