5-12-2020 Re-Opening America Update

May 12, 2020
Press Release

Latest Coronavirus Update from Congressman Jeff Duncan: 

It has been encouraging to see several states across the country begin their reopening processes. I applaud all our nation’s leaders for working together to ensure our citizens remain safe and our economy gets back on track. We need Americans back to work! Let’s keep it up!

Governor Henry McMaster has lifted additional COVID-19 restrictions in South Carolina. The following businesses may reopen in a limited capacity beginning Monday, May 18: 

- Barber shops

- Hair salons

- Waxing salons

- Threading salons

- Nail salons and spas

- Body-art facilities and tattoo services

- Tanning salons

- Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

- Fitness and exercise centers 

- Commercial gyms and group exercise facilities (including yoga, barre, etc.)

- Public or commercial pools

For more information and specific details, please see the Governor’s full announcement HERE.

Economic Impact Payments
As of May 11, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has distributed economic impact payments to 130 million eligible Americans, and more are on the way. If you have not yet received your payment, click HERE for a status update. 

I also encourage you to check out the IRS’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page on their website HERE should you need additional information regarding your personal financial situation. 

COVID-19 Testing and Supplies

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On Monday, President Trump and the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Admiral Brett Giroir, provided an update on the progress our country has made on COVID-19 testing. Over 9 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in the United States, far exceeding the number of tests conducted by any other country in the world. Further, this month every state should have the ability to test more people per capita than South Korea has tested per capita since the beginning of the outbreak. 

It’s also important to note that the Trump Administration and the private sector have worked tirelessly to ensure our nation’s healthcare workers have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ventilators as we fight this virus.

It is critical that we continue these efforts as we proceed with reopening more of the economy, and I applaud the Trump Administration for their hard work to ensure testing resources and supplies are more widely available to all states.

Phase 4 COVID-19 Response Package
Democrats are in the process of rolling out their “Phase 4” COVID-19 response package to include funding for purposes other than fighting the coronavirus. State and local governments have already received billions in funding since the beginning of this pandemic to help with the local response, but they are aiming to add more funding that would go beyond the scope of fighting the coronavirus.  

Read more about how I joined my colleagues in fighting against a blue state slush fund HERE

Protecting Life
I signed on to new legislation, the Protecting Life in Crisis Act, to ensure federal COVID-19 dollars don’t go towards abortions or abortion coverage. In times of crisis, we can’t take our eye off the ball – we must continue being a voice for the voiceless. I will fight for this legislation and other measures in Congress to protect the conscience of taxpayers and the unborn.