Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 4/11/2020April 11, 2020
Representative Matt Gaetz
U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
1721 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
Hello, Friends —
Government continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic at the federal, state, and local level. Social distancing and other measures Americans have been taking are beginning to show their effectiveness, which is good news indeed.
Speaking of good news, let us not lose sight of the fact that tomorrow is Easter. However socially-distanced you may be, and however you celebrate, I hope you and your loved ones will enjoy the joyousness of this important day.
The Treasury Inspector General has established a dedicated page where people can report coronavirus related tax scams.
If you do find yourself victim to what appears to be a scam, you can report it directly to the federal government here by filling out a short online form.
The website also has helpful information for taxpayers to ensure people don’t fall victim to scams, such as:
- The IRS will generally first contact people by mail — not by phone — about-tax related matters.
- If the IRS does contact you by telephone, they will not insist on any pre-payment in order for you to receive economic impact payments.
- The IRS will also never request personal or financial information by e-mail, text, letters, or any social media.
Visit the COVID-19 dashboard created by the Florida Department of Health (updated twice daily). The Agency for Health Care Administration published a data dashboard of current hospital bed availability to provide the public with greater visibility on hospital capacity.
If you have questions about what Florida is doing to combat the Coronavirus, call the Florida COVID-19 hotline at 866-779-6121, or email email@example.com. They can answer questions about Coronavirus symptoms, news, and how to donate or volunteer in areas impacted by the virus.
The Florida Department of Health websiteprovides an abundance of information on COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page dedicated to COVID-19, available HERE.
The CDC has released new updates on the best processes during the coronavirus. For information on cleaning and disinfecting your home when someone is sick, click HERE. For tips on how to protect yourself, click HERE.
Click on your county for the most up-to-date information on closures in Escambia, Okaloosa, Holmes, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties:
All of our local military installations are regularly updating their websites with information about base access (and more) due to the pandemic.
Here is NAS Pensacola’s website.
Here is Eglin AFB’s website.
Here is Hurlburt Field’s website.
GAETZ IN THE NEWS
Pensacola News Journal — April 9, 2020
Since the novel coronavirus emerged in China, President Trump and his administration have taken extraordinary steps to protect the American people from COVID-19 and harness the power of public-private partnerships to combat the pandemic.
Fox News — April 7, 2020
Reps. Matt Gaetz, Doug Collins, Chip Roy, Paul Gosar, and Fred Keller and among the original co-sponsors on the resolution.
Breitbart — April 3, 2020
Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) slammed efforts led by congressional Democrats to launch investigations into President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
Conservative Institute — April 7, 2020
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) agreed, stating, “I’d rather have a select committee to investigate how so much liberal pork got into the COVID response bill.”
WHAT WE’RE READING
National Review — April 3, 2020
This is an exceptionally good piece, with great detail about the origins of COVID-19 in China. It is well worth your time to read it!
Fox News — April 8, 2020
Washington Examiner — April 5, 2020
USA Today — April 3, 2020
NPR – April 3, 2020
Washington Free Beacon — April 3, 2020
Just the News — April 2, 2020Contact:Dawn McArdle, District Director850-479-1183