The Tiffany Telegram: August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

With the House of Representatives currently out of session and lawmakers back in their district for the August work period, I spent much of this week meeting with constituents, business leaders and educators in northern Wisconsin.

In this edition of The Telegram we’ve got updates for you on:

More positive economic news
Last week we saw another drop in new unemployment claims, which fell to their lowest point since March. We also saw the addition of another 1.8 million jobs and another drop in unemployment as more businesses opened their doors and America’s economy continued to bounce back from this spring’s lockdowns.

This comes on the heels of news last week that manufacturing in America is helping to drive positive economic growth, which analysts predict may fuel the largest quarterly economic growth in history – which Morgan Stanley believes could be as high as 21.3% gain – a boost unheard of since 1950, when the economy grew by 16.7%.

Obviously we still have a lot of work to do, and Congress should start by providing common-sense liability protection for small businesses so that our economic recovery isn’t bogged down by costly and frivolous junk lawsuits.

Visit to Camp Victory
On Saturday, I had the privilege of spending time with some of our veterans at Camp Victory in Willard. What an amazing group of people, who through community and love for our veterans, come together to provide help to those in need.

Camp Victory provides an “outdoor experience for mobility challenged individuals, veterans, and their families” at no cost to the participants! This is a great example of what volunteerism, community and compassion can achieve.

As a privately funded nonprofit organization, Camp Victory continues to operate through donations received from generous Wisconsinites and others. I had a blast and look forward to spending more time with these great folks. Keep up the great work and thank you for all you are doing! To learn more about Camp Victory, click here.

Dropping by the UW-Superior Campus
This week I had a chance to drop by the University of Wisconsin in Superior for a campus tour and a good discussion with Chancellor Renee Wachter and several members of her team.  

We had a chance to talk about some of the preparations that school leaders are taking to ensure a safe and responsible return to classes in the fall, including temperature checks, health monitoring protocols and classroom configurations to ensure a safe learning environment.

They also took some time to walk me through some of the important and innovative work that Yellowjacket students and faculty are doing to protect water quality, promote conservation and contribute to economic development.

UW-Superior is a great asset to our state and region, and I’m committed to working with the chancellor and her staff to make sure it stays that way.


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Tom speaks to the media with Chancellor Renee Wachter at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.


Dropping anchor at the Fraser Shipyard
Prior to stopping by UW we had a chance to take a tour of the Fraser Shipyard, a key economic engine for Wisconsin and a linchpin of the Duluth-Superior region.  Fraser is a critically important national asset, and an irreplaceable industrial and manufacturing hub that supports America’s shipping and maritime sector.


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Tom tours the Fraser Shipyard in the Duluth-Superior region.



Supporting Fraser and the Twin Ports economy is one of my top priorities. As you may recall, Rep. Pete Stauber of Minnesota and I were able to secure bipartisan support for, and House passage of an amendment that would authorize shipyards like Superior to conduct vital maintenance and repairs to U.S. Navy vessels in times of high demand. This will enable workers in northern Wisconsin to play a greater role in supporting the critical global mission of our military, while also providing new economic opportunities in our region.

I’m excited to continue working with Fraser, and with our Senators to making sure that we can get our House-passed amendment signed into law later this year.

You can view my statement on the House floor in support of the amendment below.

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Good news for local newspapers  
Our local news outlets, whether its small-town newspapers or local TV stations, help communities in our district stay informed on important news and current events in their neck of the woods. The outlets are sometimes the only ones who carry updates about local developments or promote local Main Street businesses.

That’s why this week, I threw my support behind the bipartisan Local Journalism Sustainability Act. This bill would provide critical tax relief to both local media providers and the kind of mom-and-pop small businesses that hold our communities together. These tax breaks will help make subscriptions to local papers more affordable, make it more financially feasible to hire local reporters and make it more cost-effective for small businesses to advertise with local papers, radio stations, and television stations.

Friends of Taiwan Mask Donation
This week, we had a chance to help facilitate the delivery of 5,000 surgical masks to Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and the Northern Lakes Community Clinic on behalf of Friends of Taiwan. Each facility will be receiving 2,500 masks to help offset the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we’ve seen in recent months.


Taiwan is a longtime democratic friend and ally of the United States, one that has made many PPE donations through US-based groups to help support American front-line health care workers in our joint efforts to contain and defeat this pandemic.

I support closer ties with Taiwan, and proposed an amendment last month to a Defense bill that would scrap several outdated and counter-productive restrictions on communications between US and Taiwanese officials to promote greater cooperation between our two nations.

We hope to continue cultivating relationships and looking for opportunities for cooperation that will provide maximum support for healthcare providers in the Northwoods, and ensure that they continue to have access to the protective items and other tools they need to keep Wisconsinites safe.

COVID-19 Update
Our district is still seeing marginal increases in COVID-19 hospital admissions and ICU patients. Testing capability has continued to increase with the additional contracting of smaller vendors to help process testing swabs at locations across the state. We are pleased to report that hospitals have drastically improved their process for data reporting and contact tracing practices in relation to COVID-19. On the state level, all contact tracing processes are being completed within 48 hours, a significant decrease from the previous wait times. Our hope is that as we approach cold and flu season we can continue to improve the access to testing facilities and speed of contact tracing to reduce the burden of COVID-19. 

In case you missed it…
We all breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when the Sawyer County Sheriff’s office announced that officers located a 3-year old girl who was missing for more than a day after wandering out of her house with her dog in Winter.

We should all be thankful for the work our law enforcement officers put in day after day to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe – and never take for granted how fortunate we are to have them protecting our families.

Upcoming Events
My office will be holding mobile office hours to assist constituents across the district. An office representative will be available to answer questions and help constituents with casework. The next mobile office hours will be held in: 

Amery, WI:        Monday, August 17, 2020
                          10 am – 12 pm
                           Amery Family Restaurant
                           418 Keller Ave S
                           Amery, WI 54001

Regional Assistance 
In addition to my Wausau and Washington, DC offices, you can reach my staff located in various parts of the district by phone in the location most convenient to you (Note: These lines have 202 area codes as they are connected directly through the US House of Representatives system in Washington, DC):

Hayward:        (202) 510-2790
                        P.O. Box 586
                        Hayward, WI 54843

Hudson:           (202) 510-8993

Tomahawk:      (202) 738-6508 

Coronavirus Response Resources 
The USDA continues to make resources and assistance available to agricultural producers and working families to ensure access, safety and stability for food markets and supplies. 

The USDA also continues to accept applications for assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through August 28, 2020 to assist farmers and ranchers who have been adversely affected by price instability, supply-chain problems and cost spikes. You can learn more about how this program applies to soybeans, dairy, corn, livestock and a variety of other agricultural products here, and a useful fact sheet on the program can be viewed here.

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications on July 6. The PPP program provides assistance to employers negatively affected by the public health emergency.  

Small businesses can also apply for assistance through the Economic Injury and Disaster Loan program. This program provides economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue as a result of the pandemic.

And once again, remember to make sure that you and your family are counted in the census. Please be sure to visit 2020census.gov to learn more.

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As always, you are welcome to visit my website or to contact my offices in Washington, DC or Wisconsin, which remain open for service, if you have any questions or need assistance. 

Sincerely,

Tom Tiffany
Member of Congress