4-17-2020 Coronavirus Update

April 17, 2020
Press Release

Latest Coronavirus Update from Congressman Jeff Duncan:

I pray you’ve been staying safe and healthy during this time. My office has been working around the clock to answer questions, provide resources, work on the Third District’s behalf, and help constituents in any way we can. Please let me know how we can help you – send me a note HERE.

Do you know someone who isn’t getting these updates? Make sure you encourage them to subscribe HERE to stay in touch. 

We Will Recover 
My heart is with those that were impacted by the tornadoes and severe storms in South Carolina earlier this week. I surveyed the damage in Oconee County with Governor Henry McMaster, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, and the local Legislative Delegation, and the devastation took my breath away. Please join me in praying for the many individuals, families, and businesses impacted, as well those that lost loved ones. I stand ready to assist in any way that I can. We will rebuild together!


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns relating to the storms, you can call 864-364-5428 or 864-364-5436. 

Re-Opening America 
President Trump announced his “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” and I couldn’t be happier to see this progress. We can’t wage war against our economy while we fight off the coronavirus on another front. We MUST handle both. Economic devastation and health devastation are equally as important for us to tackle at this point in time. That’s why I believe the path forward must have two top priorities: fight the virus AND re-open America. Read my full thoughts HERE.

You can view President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again HERE

I joined fellow House colleagues in writing to the President encouraging a swift and safe reopening of the U.S. economy. Read the letter HERE

Holding China and the WHO Accountable 
China’s lies on the coronavirus outbreak – propped up by the World Health Organization (WHO) – are a disgrace. Reports show they waited 6 critical days before warning the public of the pandemic. Instead of prioritizing a warning to the world, they prioritized propaganda and misinformation. We have to hold China and the WHO accountable for these actions, and I’m thankful we have a President in the White House who is not afraid to stand up for America on the world stage. 

I joined my colleagues in cosponsoring House Resolution 917 to halt funds to the WHO, and joined a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demanding a halt of funds to the Wuhan, China virus lab that, according to various new reports, could have been responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
PPP has been a lifeline for small businesses during this time of fighting COVID-19. $350 billion in funds have been dispersed across the country, and the program needs more money as soon as possible to help even more small businesses. 

Unfortunately, Democrats have chosen to block emergency funding for the bipartisan PPP to keep the program alive in order to use it as leverage for unrelated priorities.

You can read more about what’s been happening with PPP HERE by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. They state… 

“The longer Democrats refuse to provide financing for small businesses after government cut off their revenue, the more Americans will have every right to conclude that Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer are responsible for the worsening economic destruction.”

These games need to stop. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they need our help NOW more than ever before. I stand with Main Street – I can only hope my Democrat colleagues will do the same. 

Economic Impact Payments 
Millions of economic impact payments have been hitting Americans’ bank accounts all week – and they are just getting started. You can read about the payments and the amounts HERE. For most Americans, no action is required to receive the payment, but make sure to look through the information released from the IRS to understand exactly how the payments work. 

Are you a non-filer? Click HERE to enter your information. 

Did you file taxes but haven’t used direct deposit? Click HERE to enter your information so you don’t have to wait on a check in the mail. 

Do you want to track the status of your economic impact payment? Click HERE

I spoke with WSPA about the payments – check it out HERE

Unemployment Insurance 
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) released a new guide to unemployment insurance and benefits to help answer questions and eliminate confusion. You can find their document HERE

Have questions? Employers can call the employer only line at 803-737-2532 and individuals can call the TelClaim line at 1-866-831-1724.  

Past Updates 
Have you missed my previous COVID-19 updates? They contain a TON of critical information to help navigate these times. Please check them out: 

March 9, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 19, 2020
March 24, 2020
March 30, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 7, 2020
April 10, 2020
April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Resources
I’m continually updating my website HERE with information from state and federal agencies. You can always find additional information from the CDC HERE and from South Carolina DHEC HERE.

How to reach me   
For the most expedited constituent service, please do not reply directly to this email. Send me a note HERE so I can get in touch with you as fast as possible.

Praying you stay healthy during this unprecedented time. Please let me know how I can serve you and your family.