Mission Statement: Throughout the response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, my top objectives have remained to 1) make sure our local health care providers and public health officials have all the resources they need, 2) increase the availability of tests in our community, 3) help make treatments and vaccines available as soon as possible, and 4) mitigate as many of the impacts on families, workers, small businesses and health care providers as possible.
Thanks to the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed and hard working researchers, a safe and effective vaccine is being distributed in record time.
- If you are a veteran who would like more information on vaccines, visit va.gov/health-care.
Latest COVID-19 Relief
In Dec. 2020, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law additional COVID-19 relief legislation. Read details of the legislation here.
This legislation reinstates the Paycheck Protection Program to support workers and small businesses, funds greater vaccine and testing development and distribution, supports measures to safely reopen schools, expands rural broadband and telehealth services, combats resurging substance abuse and the opioid epidemic, includes targeted rental assitance, supports farmers, extends unemployment insurance and provides direct economic impat payments of up to $600 for adults and dependents with safeguards to prohibit payments to illegal aliens and decesased people.
- For information on the latest round of economic impact payments, click here.
- For information on extended unemployment insurance, click here.
- For information on additional relief for taxpayers, click here.
Small Business Assistance and the Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program portal for all applicants. Apply here.
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The program was reinstated on Jan. 11, 2021 first for community financial institutions. Read about these First Draw loans here. More information on the PPP is listed below and from the U.S. Small Business Administration here.
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
All Small Businesses Eligible
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.
When to Apply
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.
How to Apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at sba.gov.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While coronavirus continues to impact our district, state and country, my office is available to answer any questions you might have. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and resources which may be helpful:
Q: I've heard about direct payments from the stimulus bill. How will these be distributed?
A: As part of the latest COVID-19 relief package, direct economic impact payments have been approved for eligble adults of $600 for an individual or $1,200 for each couple. An additional $600 is provided for each eligible child. This benefit is reduced starting at income levels of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples. Incomes above $99,000 for individuals and $198,000 for couples are not eligible.
The IRS has set up a portal to check the status of your economic impact payment or provide more information about your bank account to process your payment here.
Q: When will I get my direct payment?
A: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that economic impact payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receie the stimulus payment. More information can be found from the IRS here.
Q: Will I need to pay taxes on the direct payments?
A: Direct payments to Americans as part of the CARES Act will not be taxed. Payments will also not be considered taxable income. Refer to the summary of the CARES Act below for more information. The IRS has compiled tips to help taxpayers understand the COVID-19 relief available under the CARES Act and other recent legislation. You can find these tips for workers, families, employers, VA and SSI recipients, small businesses and others at IRS.gov/newsroom/irs-tax-tips.
Q: I am on Social Security and did not file a tax return because I did not make enough money. Am I eligible for these direct payments?
A: Yes, all Americans with a Social Security Number are eligible. The only people who are not eligible are those who make too much money or are in the country illegally.
Q: With schools closed, how can I access food assistance for children?
A: Many school districts are continuing to provide school lunch assistance at select sites. Refer to your school district for more information. Parents who need food assistance for their children can also text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. Parents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator who will help them locate meal sites in their community. The 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English, Spanish and many other languages. Additionally, No Kid Hungry has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ [click.icptrack.com] and is updated daily.
Q: How can I apply for unemploymemt? How long will it take to get a check? How do I go off unemployment once I'm rehired?
A: Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 (lay off or reduction in hours) may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The fastest most efficient way is to visit the NC Division of Employment Security website at des.nc.gov or contact Customer Call Center (888.737.0259) to file a claim. Read more information on unemployment here.
Q: Do independent contractors and self-employed workers qualify for unemployment?
A: North Carolina independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Read more information here.
Q: What happens if someone was laid off or furloughed, but then the employer gets a Paycheck Protection Program loan and the person returns to work?
A: The individual would receive unemployment insurance payments for the period in which they were not being paid by an employer. When the employer re-hires the person or puts them back on the payroll, the individual would no longer be eligible for unemployment insurance as they are receiving wages. Employers report quarterly wages for each employee to the state unemployment agency, which allows the state agency to determine if and when the individual was eligible for unemployment insurance payments. If the individual ends up receiving pay for a week in which they also received unemployment insurance payments, the employer will report this information on the quarterly wage report provided to the state unemployment agency, and the individual will have to pay back the unemployment insurance payments they received for that period. In such a situation, the state will follow their regular practices for dealing with overpayments.
Q: Do I have access to paid sick or family leave during this time?
A: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act we passed requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Read more from the Department of Labor.
Q: I'm a small business owner who needs a loan. How do I do this?
A: The CARES Act created a new Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses to receive a loan equivalent to roughly 10 weeks of their average monthly payroll. If the loan is totally spent in 8 weeks on payroll, rent, interest on a mortgage and/or utilities, the loan will be forgiven. Small businesses can also apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, however a business cannot receive both loans for the same purpose and a disaster loan will need to be repaid - for example, both loans cannot be used for payroll expenses. Learn more and apply here
Q: All non-essential businesses have been closed in my county. How can I have my business deemed essential?
A: The NCEM Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) manages the state's process of certifying businesses that are deemed essential. Find instructions at ReadyNC.org
Q: What are the best tips to follow while my business remains open?
As Fort Bragg’s Congressman and a voice for veterans, I am committed to ensuring veterans, active duty military and their families have the resources they need to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus). As part of the response, Congress has appropriated more than $20 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs. More information on the response efforts from the Department can be found here.
A: Veterans can receive care at home — either over the phone or via video using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. To set up telephone or video appointments, Veterans can send their provider a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting myhealth.va.gov. Veterans may also call, but VA is requesting that Veterans only call with urgent needs at this time. To learn more about VA Video Connect, visit mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect.
Q: Can I still refill prescriptions during this time?
A: Veterans can request prescription refills and order and ship medications to their homes using My HealtheVet or the Rx Refill mobile app. Download the app at mobile.va.gov/app/rx-refill.
Q: Is information I share with the VA online secure?
A: With My HealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal, Veterans can send online secure messages to yourVA health care team to ask them non-urgent health questions. Register at www.myhealth.va.gov.
Coronavirus Response Summary:
Congress has passed four measures to aid our country's coronavirus response. Read a summary of these measures, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, here.
Office Policy: At this time, my offices are open and fully staffed to take phone calls and answer emails. Out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the safety of all citizens of the 8th District, we will not be hosting in-person meetings at any of our offices in Albemarle, Concord, Fayetteville, Pinehurst or Washington, D.C. However, my staff and I will be available by phone and through our website to assist you as always. Feel free to contact us and find the closest office to you here.
U.S. Capitol Policy: The Sergeant at Arms has temporarily suspended all U.S. Capitol tours. The White House and Bureau of Engraving and Printing have also temporarily suspended all tours. Guidelines for constituents who have already booked tours or are considering a trip to Washington, D.C. can be found here: U.S. Capitol Tours to be Suspended.
ANGIER, N.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) toured two vaccine deployment locations yesterday in Harnett and Moore Counties to get an update about the rollout in our community. Last week, Rep. Hudson received an update at a Cabarrus County vaccination site.
Throughout the pandemic, I’ve remained committed to identifying and funding real needs of workers, small businesses and health care professionals on the frontlines battling coronavirus in our community. We have come a long way over the past year in responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Now, our top priority is getting vaccines to the American people.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced an amendment today to provide $1 billion for vaccines for teachers. During a markup in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, Rep. Hudson offered the amendment to add the funding that will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for teachers so that schools can reopen as quickly as possible.
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has introduced H.R. 14, the Commitment to Defeat the Virus and Keep America Healthy Act. The strategic and targeted COVID-19 relief bill includes provisions under the jurisdiction of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Appropriations.
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) announced that he has helped secure a waiver to ensure special needs students can use respite hours and access caregiving services during remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has co-sponsored the Strengthening America's Strategic National Stockpile Act, a bipartisan package of measures to reduce America's dependence on foreign sources of critical medal supplies needed to fight COVID-19, boost domestic manufacturing to make those supplies here in America, and make much-needed improvements and updates to America's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The bill is expected to be considered in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is leading the effort to call on the Trump administration and Federal Reserve to prevent financial discrimination against industries including firearms and ammunition amid the economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) announced today he has secured 100,000 face masks for the 8th District to help respond to COVID-19. In partnership with Lowe's Home Improvement, Rep. Hudson designated Cabarrus Health Alliance in Kannapolis and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville to each receive 50,000 masks.
Yesterday, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr and Representatives David Rouzer, Dan Bishop, Richard Hudson, and Greg Murphy, M.D. sent a letter to Congressional leaders requesting additional funding and resources to assist North Carolina pork producers facing unprecedented circumstances as a result of market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.