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Wittman's Weekly: April Resources Roundup

This past April has been unlike one we have ever experienced. It is undeniable, COVID-19 has upended our everyday lives and has left an indelible mark on our nation. It has impacted our health, economy, response systems, communities, and relationships. During this difficult time, I have been working to keep you as updated as possible on resources available to you, federal actions, and news regarding the pandemic.

In case you are not receiving all of my updates, I wanted to provide an overview of the resources I have been sending to First District constituents. Make sure you sign up for my email updates to ensure you never miss an important alert. All of these resources are also available on my website at

This month, I held four separate telephone town hall meetings to hear directly from folks and answer their questions. In case you missed these calls, click here to be added to my telephone town hall call list, and if you missed the invitation to join the calls, click here to receive the latest news, information, and updates on this developing story in your inbox. Click the date below to listen to the call.

  1. April 30, 2020 with guest Carl Knoblock, Director of the Richmond District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to answer questions from businesses utilizing disaster loans and the Paycheck Protection Program.
  2. April 15, 2020 with guests Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Angela Navarro and representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), to answer the most pressing questions from folks in our region on employment and small business issues.
  3. April 7, 2020 alongside special guests, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, and Dr. Richard Williams, Director of the Three RiversHealth District, Virginia Department of Health.
  4. April 1, 2020 with guest expert, Carl Knoblock from the SBA, to answer the most pressing questions from folks in our region.

I have been sending daily newsletters to folks to ensure they have all the resources they need as we fight this pandemic. Below are the emails I sent in the month of April. Still have questions? Call my office at 202.225.4261 and I’ll work to get you the answers you need.

We are on the road to recovery, 04/30/2020
We must close the Digital Divide during these difficult times, 04/30/2020
Resources for Farms, Industry, and Agribusinesses, 04/30/2020
PPP working for folks in VA-01, 04/28/2020
Getting food to those in need, 04/27/2020
Food Security during COVID-19, 04/26/2020
Wittman's Weekly: We Work, We Fight, We Rise., 04/25/2020
President Trump’s efforts to help Virginians, 04/24/2020
Giving Back in the Most Difficult Times, 04/24/2020
Wittman Supports Funds to Help Small Biz, Expand Testing, 04/23/2020
What you need to know about the latest deal to help Americans, 04/22/2020
First District Stewardship Week, 04/22/2020
Denied unemployment? This program may help (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance), 04/21/2020
President Trump’s Guidance on Reopening the Country, Explained, 04/21/2020
UPDATE: Paycheck Protection Program Funding and COVID-19, 04/21/2020
Virginia Delegation Urges Navy to Support Shipbuilding, 04/20/2020
CARES Act FAQs for Homeowners, 04/19/2020
Wittman's Weekly: Virginians Helping Virginians, 04/18/2020
ICYMI: Three Questions from Wednesday's Telephone Town Hall, 04/17/2020
Important COVID-19 Info for Grocery Shopping, 04/16/2020
Taking care of Seniors during COVID-19, 04/16/2020
UPDATE: Economic Impact Payments ($1200), 04/15/2020
Information for Communities of Faith, 04/14/2020
Main Street Business Lending Program for COVID-19-Affected Businesses, 04/14/2020
Unemployment Info and FAQs, 04/13/2020
Information and FAQs for Student Loan Relief during COVID-19, 04/12/2020
My Latest in RTD on Rural Broadband during COVID-19, 04/10/2020
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Guidance, 04/10/2020
ICYMI: Four Questions from Tuesday's Telephone Town Hall, 04/10/2020
Available Resources for Small Businesses, 04/10/2020
Getting Coronavirus Resources Where they are Needed Most, 04/09/2020
Relief for Hospitals, 04/09/2020
Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus, 04/08/2020
Healthcare Workers: Thank you, 04/08/2020
Further FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program, 04/08/2020
Information for Places of Worship, Worshippers (General and PPP), 04/07/2020
FAQs on Economic Impact Payments ($1200), 04/07/2020
Important Housing Resources for those Impacted by Coronavirus, 04/07/2020
FAQs and Information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), 04/06/2020
Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Wittman Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Broadband, 04/06/2020
Resources for Food Assistance, 04/05/2020
ICYMI: Four Questions from Wednesday's Telephone Town Hall, 04/04/2020
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, 04/03/2020
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources, 04/03/2020
Wittman Named Finalist for CMF Democracy Awards, 04/02/2020
IMPORTANT Info on the Paycheck Protection Program, 04/02/2020
FAQs on Unemployment Insurance, 04/02/2020
FCC Approves Crucial Telehealth Program, 04/01/2020
URGENT UPDATE: Virginia Stay at Home Order and Further Info, 04/01/2020

Another way to stay up to date with everything I am doing related to COVID-19 response is via social media, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As your representative, I am doing everything I can to give you the tools you need to combat this pandemic. I make this promise: we will fight the virus together until we defeat it together. In the end, we are going to be stronger and healthier than ever before – because that is who we are as Americans. Stay safe.