Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

COVID-19 Emergency Supplemental Support Letters by Issue

Agriculture/Food
Letter to Leadership about food nutrition assistance during COVID-19.
Letter to Secretary Perdue at the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking that Georgia blueberries be considered for federal nutrition programs.
Letter to Secretary Perdue at the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting consideration of Georgia peaches for USDA’s COVID-19 Food Assistance Program.

Letter to Leadership requesting necessary funding resources and policy provisions to ensure that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s next round of agricultural assistance will more adequately address the magnitude of the losses felt by cotton farmers and include critical relief for textile mills and the cotton merchandising segment, all of which are facing unprecedented economic losses.  

Arts and Humanities
Letter to Leadership asking them to provide additional emergency supplemental funding for the National Endowment of Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment of Humanities.

Child Care/Families
Letter to Leadership requesting the creation of a  creating a Fully Refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Lookback Provision for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and CTC.

Defense
Letter to Leadership asking them to eliminate the copay for mail-order prescriptions through TRICARE so beneficiaries can continue to access their prescription at no cost out of pocket while practicing social distancing and protecting mission-critical personnel.
Letter to Assistant Secretary McCafferty in the Defense Health Agency at the Department of Defense urging the inclusion of community pharmacies to ensure that TRICARE beneficiaries can continue to safely access affordable medications in a timely manner.

Energy
Letter to Leadership asking them to provide at least $4.3 billion in supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist households suffering from the economic effects of COVID-19.

Education
Letter to Leadership asking them to provide robust investment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) school infrastructure to support the tens of millions of students and teachers using distance learning in rural areas.
Letter to Leadership requesting at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund in the upcoming relief package for k-12 education.
Letter to Leadership asking for financial assistance for HBCUs and MSIs.

Letter to Secretary Perdue at the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for 1890 Land Grant Institutions.
Letter to Congressional leadership strongly urging the inclusion of at least $305 billion in K-12 education stabilization funding as they negotiate upcoming coronavirus response legislation
Letter to Leadership urging flexible supplemental funding for Head Start programs.

Federal Grants
Letter to Leadership urging them to provide additional resources for the Community Block and Development Grant (CBDG) program which provides a lifeline to states and communities in need.

Forestry
Letter to Leadership requesting the inclusion of the Forest Recovery Act (FRA), H.R. 1444/S.1687, in future COVID-19 response legislation to provide economic relief and stimulate recovery.

Health and Human Services
Letter to Leadership requesting robust and long-term funding for Community Health Center as part of the COVID-19 emergency relief package.
Letter to Secretary Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Administrator Verma at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking them to allocate a portion of the $25 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing provided by Congress as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the Act) to enhance diagnostic testing at long-term care facilities.
Letter to Secretary Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  asking him to allocate a significant portion of the remaining Provider Relief Fund dollars to hospitals and providers who serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid and low-income patients.

Letter to Leadership requesting a provision that forgives Medicare accelerated payments’ interest rates and pursues full loan forgiveness for hospitals and other providers in any future supplemental relief bill.
Letter to Speaker Pelosi requesting that States receiving relief funding include funeral homes and mortuaries in their efforts to extend PPE to frontline health care workers and first responders.
Letter to Secretary Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking him to allocate at least 20% of the $75 billion appropriated to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to rural providers.
Letter to Leadership requesting $26 billion in funding to cover COVID-19 related-research.
Letter to Leadership asking that policies to temporarily protect these hospitals from losing 340B eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic be included in any future supplemental relief bill.
Letter to Leadership requesting protection provisions for frontline workers in any future supplemental relief bill.

Letter to Secretary Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting that funds for Community Health Centers be pulled from  the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF).
Letter to Assistant Secretary Kadlec and Acting Director Disbrow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to cast a wide net in its support to COVID-19 vaccines in development.
Letter BARDA and HHS urging them to cast a wide net in its support to COVID-19 vaccines in development

Internal Revenue Service
Letter to Commissioner Rettig at the Internal Revenue Service asking them to provide an estimated timeline for when eligible Economic Impact recipients can begin seeing payment.
Letter to Secretary Mnuchin at the U.S. Department of the Treasury asking him to ensure that those who need their Economic Impact Payments receive them as soon as possible.

Letter to Secretary Mnuchin at the U.S. Department of the Treasury requesting that the Department proceed with the development and issuance for the Advanced Nuclear Production Tax Credit.
Letter to Commissioner Rettig at the IRS addressing constituent concerns about Economic Impact Payments
Letter to Cimissioner Rettig at the Internal Revenur Service urging theagency to expand its capacity for casework assistance to EIP claims, and to resolve the issues raised above in a fair and timely manner

Postal Service
Letter to Leadership urging them to provide additional funding and assistance to help USPS maintain its critical services in the short-term and ensure long-term success by ensuring key area mail processing (AMP) facilities remain open to protect service standard performance.
Letter to Leadership urging them to provide a stronger level of support for USPS in the next package developed to respond to the harms of COVID-19.
Letter to Leadership asking them to provide the strongest possible relief for the United States Postal Service.

Letter to Senate Leadership urging them provide $25 billion in emergency grants to the USPS to offset COVID-19 revenue losses and allow improved access to borrowing authority from the Department of the Treasury.
Letter to Speaker Pelosi requesting strong support for the United States Postal Service in forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.

Small Businesses
Letter to Administrator Carranza at the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) urging her to provide much-needed assistance to constituents via the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and by providing a way to check the status of current SBA applications.
Letter to Administrator Carranza at the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) urging them to provide additional resources for rural areas and rural institutions, as well as data collection on how successful or unsuccessful the PPP program was at reaching rural communities.
Letter to Leadership requesting funding for nonprofits in any future supplemental relief bill.

Letter to Secretary Mnuchin at the U.S. Treasury and Administrator Carranza at the Small Business Administration reguarding improving and expediting the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Letter to Administrator Carranza regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrower data,

Telecommunications
Letter to Chairman Pai at the Federal Communication Commission asking him to ensure that every student has access to internet connectivity to complete their educational commitments.
Letter to Chairman Pai at the Federal Communication Commission asking him to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that those who need it are eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program which provides financial assistance to help low-income families obtain broadband and telephone service.
Letter to Leadership requesting at least $86 billion in supplemental funds to expedite high-speed broadband deployment and expand funding to ensure that Americans who need broadband service can remain connected during this public health crisis and recovery.

Letter to Chairman Pai at the FCC supporting expanded flexibility for the Lifeline program
Letter to Chairman Pai requesting more information about the funding made available to providers through the COVID-19 telehealth program authorized by the CARES Act

Transportation
Letter to Leadership asking for a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to state departments of Transportation (DOTs) in the next COVID-19 response legislation.