Kuster, Pappas Hold Fifth Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus
Concord, NH – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) held a telephone town hall to discuss the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis and take questions from New Hampshire residents. Kuster and Pappas were joined on the call by Kevin McKeon, IRS District Congressional Liaison, and Dr. Michael Calderwood, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Expert.
The Representatives and officials answered questions from Granite Staters about New Hampshire’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and steps Congress is taking to bolster the local health response and provide economic relief to families and small businesses. Questions focused on the need for additional Personal Protective Equipment, how long local businesses can expect to wait for SBA loans, what the typical symptoms of COVID-19 are, and when you should contact your health care provider. New Hampshire residents who joined the call received an update on legislation to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 and information about resources to access small business loans, unemployment insurance, and more.
“These telephone town halls provide an important opportunity to keep the public informed and for me to hear directly from Granite Staters as we work to stop the spread of this virus and protect our communities, businesses, families, and those on the frontlines,” said Kuster. “I thank Dr. Calderwood and Kevin McKeon for joining us today. I will continue to advocate for New Hampshire priorities as Congress responds to the health and economic crisis caused by this pandemic. As always, Granite Staters who have questions or are in need of assistance can contact my team by giving our Concord office a call at (603) 226-1002 or visiting my website at Kuster.house.gov.”
“As Granite Staters continue to navigate these difficult times, Congresswoman Kuster and I remain committed to not only ensuring our state has the federal resources it needs, but also that our constituents have the most up to date information,” said Congressman Pappas. “Through this series of telephone town halls, we have had the opportunity to remain connected with our constituents and elevate the voices of our local leaders to answer questions and share their expertise. If you are a constituent facing hardships as a result of this pandemic and are in need of assistance from our federal agencies, please reach out to my office for help.”
In the last few weeks, Kuster and Pappas have held five telephone town halls, and the Representatives will continue to keep the community updated on federal efforts to support and protect Granite Staters and people across the country. This tele-town hall was conducted remotely, as both Reps. Kuster and Pappas are working from home when possible to practice physical distancing.