Whitehouse Briefing – May 13th

To date, White House components and Federal agencies have held at least 250 Coronavirus briefings (events, briefings, meetings, conference calls) reaching over 111,000 State, local and tribal leaders. Also this week, President Trump hosted Governors Jared Polis (CO) and Doug Burgum (ND) to discuss their ongoing Coronavirus response efforts and plans to reopen their economies. We appreciate your partnership in this All-of-America response and look forward to continued engagement and robust coordination. Our next National Briefing Call will be on Wednesday, May 20, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The invitation will be forthcoming. Below, please find a recap of this week’s briefing call. We would also like to highlight several recent important announcements from the White House and Federal agencies. ·         President Donald Trump Announces Operation Warp Speed To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine: On May 15 in the White House Rose Garden, President Trump announced the launch of Operation Warp Speed to deliver safe and effective coronavirus treatments and vaccines as quickly as possible. Operation Warp Speed marks a massive science, industrial, and logistical endeavor unlike anything the country has seen since the Manhattan Project. President Trump has directed nearly $10 billion to Operation Warp Speed through funding that was included in the CARES Act.·         President Donald Trump Visits Allentown, Pennsylvania and Outlines Administration Efforts to Ensure a Fully Stocked, Resilient National Stockpile: On May 14, President Donald J. Trump visited Allentown, Pennsylvania and toured and delivered remarks at Owens & Minor, Inc. Distribution Center, a 137 year-old American medical distributor that has sent millions of N95 masks, surgical gowns, and gloves to hospitals and surgery centers across the country to respond to COVID-19. The President outlined how the Administration is working to ensure a fully stocked, resilient national stockpile and a domestic industrial base capable of meeting any future challenges.·         Vice President Mike Pence Announces New Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force: On May 15, Vice Mike President Pence announced five new individuals to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The give new members are: Sonny Perdue (Secretary of Agriculture), Gene Scalia (Secretary of Labor), Dr. Francis Collins (Director of the National Institutes of Health), Dr. Peter Marks (FDDA Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research), and Thomas Engels (Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration).·         U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Allocates Third Wave of CARES Act Funding Providing $1 Billion for Communities to Bolster Coronavirus Response and Relief Efforts: On May 11, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced the allocation of $1 billion through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBGR) program to States and insular areas in response to COVID-19. Every State and Insular Area will receive a portion of the relief funds. More here. To date, HUD has provided over $3 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities acutely combat coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship.·         Federal Housing Administration Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium for Single Family Homeowners: On May 14, FHA announced an extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured Single Family mortgages, while also supporting new FHA-insured mortgage originations through an extension of temporary policy flexibilities for lenders and appraisers. The extensions will support the President’s economic recovery efforts as the Nation continues to work to defeat the COVID-19 invisible enemy. More from HUD Secretary Ben Carson on actions taken to safeguard the American renter and homeowner against impacts of coronavirus here.·         HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Seeks Applications for $40 Million Emergency COVID-19 Grants for Suicide Prevention: On May 13 as part of the Trump Administration’s comprehensive response to the needs of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, SAMHSA announced an emergency $40 million grant program to prevent suicide. The purpose of this program is to support states and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in advancing efforts to prevent suicide and suicide attempts among adults 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the United States. The program also includes a special focus on victims of domestic violence. The $40 million will add to the $375 million that SAMHSA has previously awarded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.·         U.S. Department of Labor Provides Guidance on Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program to States: On May 14, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced the publication of updated guidance, including FAQs, regarding the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Sincerely, The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs William F. CrozerSpecial Assistant to the President/Deputy Director

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