"We can and must find ways to encourage and assist states to be better prepared for pandemics and other disasters in the future."
- (1/28/2020) Letter: Johnson, Peters Ask DHS for Strategy for Containing the Coronavirus
- (2/12/2020) Roundtable: Are We Prepared? Protecting the U.S. from Global Pandemics
A release from after the hearing can be found here.
- (2/28/2020) Letter: Johnson, Peters Ask DHS, HHS for Information on Possible Vulnerabilities in our Medical Supply Chain
(3/05/2020) Hearing: The Federal Interagency Response to the Coronavirus and Preparing for Future Global Pandemics
A release from after the hearing can be found here.
(3/14/2020) Statement: Johnson Statement on Coronavirus Legislation
(3/18/2020) Statement: Johnson Statement on Coronavirus Bill Vote
(3/18/2020) Legislation: Johnson Amendment Would Protect Workers During Coronavirus Emergency
(3/21/2020) Letter: Johnson Calls on Pompeo to Assist Wisconsinites Stranded Abroad
Senator Johnson’s staff has been assisting travelers located across more than 12 countries, including Peru, Honduras and Guatemala, since the pandemic started causing travel issues. A copy of his letter to Secretary Pompeo can be found here.
- (3/25/2020) Statement: Johnson Statement on ‘Phase 3’ Coronavirus Bill
(4/1/2020) Op-Ed: A New York Doctor's Antidote to Fear of COVID-19
(4/16/2020) Letter: Johnson Forwards Letter Urging Action on Hydroxychloroquine to President Trump
- (4/20/2020) Statement: Johnson Statement on Committee Oversight Plans for CARES Act
- (5/06/2020) Roundtable: COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy
(6/1/2020) Op-Ed: How to Fix the Paycheck Protection Program
(6/24/2020) Hearing: The Role of the Strategic National Stockpile in Pandemic Response
- (6/25/2020) Hearing: CBP Oversight: Examining the Evolving Challenges Facing the Agency
(7/1/20) Axios Event: Johnson Discusses Small Business Recovery at Axios Virtual Event
(7/21/2020) Legislation: Johnson Introduces Bill to Help Businesses Restore Capital, Give Employees Stake in Business Success
(7/23/2020) Op-Ed: No More Blank Checks From Congress for Coronavirus
- (7/28/2020) Hearing: Oversight of COVID-19 Financial Relief Packages
(8/7/2020) Legislation: Johnson Introduces Bill to Ensure Assistance for Businesses in Need, Transparency in PPP Loans
- (9/10/2020) Statement: Johnson Statement on Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill
- (11/19/20) Hearing: Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution
Vaccine - Federal and State resources
CDC COVID Vaccination page- COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC
CDC COVID Vaccine Reporting Systems and Vaccine Finder- COVID-19 Vaccine IT Overview | Vaccination Reporting | CDC
HHS COVID Vaccine page- COVID-19 Vaccines | HHS.gov
HHS COVID Testing page- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing | HHS.gov
HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund page- CARES Act Provider Relief Fund | HHS.gov
- HHS Telehealth page- Telehealth: Delivering Care Safely During COVID-19 | HHS.gov
WI DHS COVID Vaccine page- COVID-19: Vaccine | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
WI DHS Testing page- COVID-19: Testing | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
WI DHS Data Summary page- COVID-19: Wisconsin Summary Data | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Wisconsin State Legislature, Assembly Committee on Health main page- 2021 Committee on Health (wisconsin.gov)
Early Treatment Efforts
Senator Johnson spearheaded a campaign to solicit support for a letter urging President Trump to take two specific actions:
Issue a presidential directive to remove the FDA Emergency Use Authorization restriction that states hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine (CQ) from the Strategic National Stockpile are only approved "for certain hospitalized patients," and to direct the FDA to include the option of early outpatient use of these medications.
Issue a presidential directive or executive order to a) prohibit governors from arbitrarily restricting hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to only hospitalized patients, and b) prohibit state medical boards and state pharmacy boards from threats of disciplinary action (now occurring in multiple states) against doctors and pharmacists legally prescribing and dispensing HCQ and CQ off-label for early treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19 in outpatients or at-risk or exposed persons.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson forwards a letter with thousands of new signatures to President Trump, urging the president to help give patients the right to try hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the course of their COVID-19 diagnosis.
Must read @Newsweek: This Yale professor says physicians who have been using #HCQ are truly heroic. They have done what the science shows is best for their patients, often at great personal risk. https://t.co/vRlzOeo8RP— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) July 27, 2020
Johnson holds hearing on early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution
Excerpt: “To me, it is obvious that we should robustly explore every possible treatment to combat this pandemic at every stage of the disease. Why has there been such resistance to low cost, off the shelf therapies that might stop the progression of COVID-19 and help keep people out of hospitals and intensive care?
“I hope today’s hearing can answer that question and provide direction on how to correct this glaring blunder that has cost far too many lives.”
Our hearing on early #COVID treatment has been grossly mischaracterized. It wasn't about #HCQ. It was about why we have completely ignored at-home treatment of COVID patients. Is that compassionate? @cov19treatments @newsmax pic.twitter.com/YbwhHQeWJH— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) December 3, 2020
Johnson Discusses COVID Early Treatment, Vaccine on Fox News
Senator Johnson discussed the importance of early treatment of COVID even as vaccines begin to be distributed.
Johnson holds hearing on COVID Early Treatment
Senator Johnson’s statement regarding the video’s removal from YouTube:
“On December 8, we held the second hearing on early at-home treatment options for COVID-19. But before this hearing even started the disinformation campaign already began. “The New York Times and other mainstream media didn't even wait for our hearing to begin before starting their attacks. It's stunning how close-minded their approach to early treatment of COVID-19 has been. […]
“People are obviously hungry for this information.”
This Wisconsin doctor on the frontline of COVID testified about the miraculous results he is getting from the drug Ivermectin.— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) December 9, 2020
But whenever he tries to get the word out on social media he gets put in "Facebook jail."
Watch the hearing: https://t.co/SxpZsBSO1M pic.twitter.com/hrvvhXEHcc
2020 CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was the first COVID-19 relief legislation signed into law on March 27, 2020. Subsequent relief measures have since been enacted.
How does the Cares Act affect…
TREASURY PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS
Most adults are eligible for a one-time $1200 payment.
Single adults with an adjusted gross income above $75,000 will receive less, and those above $99,000 are not eligible. These figures double for married couples without children.
Qualifying children 16 and under yield an additional $500 payment.
The IRS will use your existing tax return bank account information for these direct deposit payments. Physical notice of payment will arrive by mail several weeks after disbursement. Follow links below to the IRS website
Economic Impact Payments for 2018, 2019 filers and non-filers
Get My Payment to check on the status of your payment
The Senate Finance Committee has a detailed FAQ page, which you can read here.
Small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits (including churches), a 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and tribal businesses are eligible to apply for Small Business Administration loans authorized in the Cares Act. Apply here.
Follow the Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities link for information on the IRS website.
More resources to help small businesses navigate the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
Automatic payment suspensions will go into place for any student loan held by the federal government until Sept. 30, 2021.
Interest shall not accrue on federal student loans during this time.
The suspension will not negatively impact your qualification for the student loan forgiveness program. Your payment count should go up one payment per month until Sept. 30, 2021, despite the payment suspension.
Contacting your loan servicer is best if you have questions related to your specific situation.
Small Businesses Assistant
Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources:
Comprehensive small business guidance and loan assistance information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be found here.
Information on SBA products and resources for accessing capital and getting export assistance can be found here.
The SBA announced it would offer disaster assistance loans up to $2 million for small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus. Information on the SBA's Disaster Loan Assistance program can be found here.
- Stay up to date with the latest from the federal Small Business Administration. Sign up for their newsletter here.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Resources:
A variety of resources available to Wisconsin small businesses through the state government’s economic development arm, the WEDC, can be found here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Resources:
Department of Labor Resources:
Updated guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Services Administration (OSHA) for retail employers on how to help protect workers from exposure to coronavirus is here.
Guidelines and recommendations from OSHA to help companies prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace can be found here.
The Department of Labor has a frequently asked questions page about how the public health emergency affects labor rules and regulations.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).