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How my committees are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

By Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02)  As your member of Congress, I am proud to serve on two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives: The Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has broad jurisdiction on issues including health care, consumer protection, and telecommunications, and the Committee on Education and Labor. These two committees have taken on even greater importance as our nation continues to grapple with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. I am working with my colleagues on both committees and across the aisle as we work on solutions to help Kentuckians during this unprecedented time.  I currently serve as the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. In this capacity, I am helping lead oversight of the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. My subcommittee has also been working with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Kentuckians get the care they need. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, I recently introduced the Ensuring Understanding of COVID-19 to Protect Public Health Act. Currently, we do not know how COVID-19 affects patients long-term. Our bicameral, bipartisan bill will direct the NIH to study the long-term effects of this disease so we can better treat patients.  The Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over telecommunications, including our phone and internet infrastructure. I have been committed to expanding rural broadband, and now that so many people are working and learning from home, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that Kentuckians have reliable internet service. I recently introduced the Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act of 2020 to promote the expansion of 5G, which will help expand internet connectivity in the U.S. As we consider more coronavirus relief legislation, I am hopeful that we can include measures to promote better internet access.  On the Education and Labor Committee, I have been working with my colleagues to help provide Kentucky’s students, teachers, and schools with support as traditional schooling has been completely upended by the pandemic. The CARES Act provided the Kentucky Department of Education with grants to enhance online learning and gave Second District colleges grants to directly assist students struggling because of the coronavirus. The CARES Act also included the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses pay their employees. I will continue to work with my colleagues on this committee to support jobs initiatives and help Kentuckians get back to work.  The coronavirus outbreak has radically changed our way of life. I’m proud to serve on two committees that are helping to rebuild our nation and support Kentuckians during this time of crisis.  Congressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky’s Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to his committee work, his office has a casework team to help Second District residents access government services. If you need help, please call 270-842-9896 or visit