Message from Congressman Matt Gaetz - 8/15/2020August 15, 2020
Representative Matt Gaetz
U.S. Representative for the First District of Florida
1721 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC 20515
Hello, Friends —
This week, the Senate left town for August without coming to an agreement on a coronavirus relief package. This is shameful. We can’t abandon our fellow citizens because Congress is too immature to reach an agreement.
Thankfully, despite Congress’s dereliction of its duties, President Trump has taken bold steps to provide Americans with necessary relief from evictions, student loans, and more — all while helping to broker a historic peace agreementbetween two of our allies: Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
On Thursday, I joined my colleagues, Ambassador Espina and Representative Gonzalez, in an essay on the importance of containing China’s influence in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. can, and must, be a strong ally and neighbor, while simultaneously achieving its national and homeland security goals. Click HERE to read the full piece.
SUPPORTING AMERICAN FAMILIES
President Trump has taken action to support American families and to provide resources to those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- Signing a presidential memorandum to provide temporary payroll tax relief for American families who have been hit hard by the coronavirus,
- Ensuring Americans who have lost their jobs and want to return to work have the unemployment benefits they need during this crisis,
- Signing an executive order to ensure Americans facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus do not face eviction or foreclosure, and
- Providing student loan relief for Americans who have faced financial harm from the coronavirus and subsequent economic shutdown.
FLORIDA ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has taken great initiative in response to the economic impacts and job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and many resources are available for Floridians during this unprecedented time:
- Click here for more information on PEUC applications.
- Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.
- Click here for information on available benefits.
- Click here for a guide on Reemployment Assistance.
- Click here to file a Reemployment assistance claim.
In an abundance of caution, we will be postponing flag deliveries until we can safely reopen our Washington, D.C. office. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
ARE YOU LISTENING?
Listen to my podcast, “Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz,” for a behind-the-scenes look into the latest news from the Washington swamp!
As Florida continues reopening its economy, click for further information on the status of Escambia, Okaloosa, Holmes, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties:
Additionally, all of our local military installations are regularly updating their websites with details about base access (and more) due to the pandemic. For more information, visit:
GAETZ IN THE NEWS
Fox News — August 9, 2020
Rep. Gaetz Appears on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton (click for video!)
Christian Post — August 11, 2020
Amazon’s relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center came up during a Capitol Hill hearing that took place late last month. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Bezos that Amazon allows the SPLC to “dictate who can receive donations on your AmazonSmile platform.” Gaetz asked why Amazon would rely on a group that “seems to be so out-of-step and seems to take mainstream Christian doctrine and label it as hate” to help determine which charities are ‘extremist organizations.’
Florida Daily — August 10, 2020
Two Florida Republicans in the U.S. House are looking to ensure that professional sports organizations pay their fair share in taxes. At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Properly Reducing Overexemptions for Sports Act.” U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is co-sponsoring the proposal.
Breitbart News — August 11, 2020
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in a recent interview said he was concerned that Google is trying to control the flow of information to voters, and during a recent hearing before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) grilled Pichai on this front.
Florida Daily — August 10, 2020
Last week, U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., led the charge on Capitol Hill in calling on the Pentagon to close child care gaps for military families. Waltz teamed up with U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, in rounding up more than 30 members of Congress in writing U.S. Defense Sec. Mark Esper on the matter. U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and John Rutherford signed the letter which was sent out on Thursday.
WHAT WE’RE READING
National Review — August 14, 2020
American Greatness — August 13, 2020
Fox News — August 12, 2020
Florida Politics — August 4, 2020
Marijuana Moment — August 13, 2020