Today, Senator Todd Young sent important information to all Hoosiers.
Relief Payments Coming Soon
The relief payments provided by the CARES Act are on the way to Hoosiers via direct deposits this week. With so many Hoosiers hurting, this payment is necessary to help keep the economy solvent and provide much-needed relief to those in need. For more information on payments or to check the status, click here.
Hoosiers who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and do not receive Social Security benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, or VA assistance can use “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to submit basic personal information to quickly and securely receive their Economic Impact Payments.
Help for Hoosiers
My office is standing by and ready to assist Hoosiers as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit my website young.senate.gov/coronavirus or email COVID_19@young.senate.gov for help from my staff.
$668 Million for Indiana Hospitals and Health Care
Our health care systems and medical professionals are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distributing $668,604,614 in payments to 4,495 Hoosier hospitals, medical providers, and health systems that are enrolled in Medicare. This funding will help support treatment for Hoosier patients now and in the future. I fought for this funding in the CARES Act and will continue working to ensure Indiana receives the resources needed to help save lives.
To view a fact sheet with additional details, click HERE and to view my coronavirus assistance toolkit, click HERE.
Calling on WHO Director General to Appear Before Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee
As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral Institutions, I sent a letter to WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressing deep skepticism about the WHO’s role in the global response to coronavirus and concern that China’s influence in the organization has had overwhelming and dangerous consequences.
Accuracy is important to our fight against COVID-19, and this is most necessary at the WHO. As the largest single contributor to the World Health Organization’s budget, American taxpayers deserve to know the truth about the WHO’s response to COVID-19, so that the world may learn from its mistakes.
Therefore, I will be convening a Subcommittee hearing once it is safe to meet to investigate the WHO’s response to novel coronavirus, examine questions about how American taxpayers will be funding this organization in the future, and will be inviting you to attend as a witness before the panel.
For Politico’s coverage, click here.
My Statement on Yemen Ceasefire
The threat of a coronavirus outbreak in Yemen would be a devastating blow to a people that have been struggling for years to meet their basic needs. This pandemic knows no boundaries, religious beliefs, or political affiliations. It is only when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis, the Government of Yemen and all other parties come together in recognition of our shared humanity that we can combat this virus and end further suffering of the people of Yemen. As a tireless advocate for ending the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, I hope and pray that this moment will bring about lasting peace.
Broadband Funding for Low-Income Families and Students in Future Coronavirus Relief Packages
In recent weeks, unemployment claims have surged, and schools across the country have closed in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus, leaving many Americans—including low-income families and students—without critical internet connectivity. Many small broadband providers have committed to continue providing voice and broadband services and upgrades despite ongoing economic hardships facing many Americans.This is why I joined a group of senators on a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging Senate and House leaders to include dedicated funding to help small broadband providers sustain internet services and upgrades for students and low-income families in any future legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, last month I introduced the Keeping Critical Connections Act to help small broadband companies provide critical internet services and upgrades for students and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would appropriate $2 billion for a Keeping Critical Connections fund at the Federal Communications Commission under which small broadband providers with fewer than 250,000 customers could be compensated for broadband services—if they provided free or discounted broadband services or upgrades—during the pandemic for their customers that were low-income families who were unable to pay their bills or provided distance learning capability for students.
For more on my efforts, watch my press conference with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr by clicking here.
Op-Ed: Marine Corps Still Honors its Gallantry at Iwo Jima
For many Americans, and for every Marine, Iwo Jima exists as a memorial to duty and sacrifice — a hallowed, consecrated ground not unlike Gettysburg. The battle that produced these feelings was the culmination of years of education under fire. The price of victory was high, and the courage and sacrifice required to achieve that victory is evident in the 27 Medals of Honor awarded to Marines and sailors for gallantry during the battle. No battle in the history of the Marine Corps resulted in more medals. The courage of those men was something taught to me as a Naval Academy midshipman and Marine officer, and the lessons of their struggle are ones I carry with me today.
In an op-ed published by Stars and Stripes, I honor the brave acts of the Marine Corps at the battle of Iwo Jima. Earlier this year, I hosted a press conference recognizing the 75th anniversary of this battle. Additionally, in February I introduced a resolution to honor this historic battle.
Lifeline Youth Ministries has been providing hundreds of meals for those the Elkhart community. These meals are going directly to families in need as we continue to navigate this pandemic. Distributing these care packages out of five different elementary schools, their goal is to provide food for as many Hoosiers as they can. I had the opportunity to speak with a member of their organization this morning on their efforts to provide this needed support.
Learn more on their efforts here.
Notable Coverage on Coronavirus
I’ve been speaking with Hoosiers across the state to get the word out about resources that are available to help stop the spread of coronavirus and help stem the economic impact of the virus.
Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the U.S. Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead.
Senator Todd Young