Slotkin Joins Detroit Regional Chamber Webinar to Discuss COVID-19 Response, Economic Recovery
HOLLY, Mich. –– U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today joined more than 150 members of the metro Detroit business community on a Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce webinar to discuss the congressional response to the COVID-19 crisis and how businesses can help.
“The business community in Michigan and around the nation is essential to COVID-19 recovery,” Slotkin said. “It was great to have a chance to thank businesses for stepping up to support their communities in times of need. I encourage businesses to think carefully and proactively about how we can safely return to work and what they can do to prepare for a return to work that doesn’t put their workers and the public at risk.”
On the call, Slotkin advocated for additional funding for small-business loans to help small businesses weather the crisis, as well for necessary changes to administration of those loans so that more small businesses, including those without long borrowing histories, can access much-needed capital.
Slotkin also discussed her Made in America Medical Supply Chain Initiative, a proposal to reduce America’s dependence on overseas manufacturers for vital medical supplies and equipment and to strengthen American manufacturing of these essential supplies.
“It’s not enough to say we want to make more of this equipment here,” Slotkin said. “We need government policy that encourages manufacturing. I think our Michigan congressional delegation, of both parties, is in a good position to be the face and voice of this issue because of our state’s manufacturing strength.”
Slotkin also addressed questions about legislation she supports to close the gap in the CARES Act’s direct-support payments to families that leaves out some older dependents, such as college students and the disabled.