Hagedorn Supports Aid Package to Boost Economy, Fight Coronavirus

March 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) supported Phase 3 of the COVID-19 relief package, commonly referred to as the CARES Act, via voice vote. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support, and, prior to the vote, Congressman Hagedorn issued the following statement into the Congressional Record relating to the relief package and overall response to coronavirus:

“The American people continue to face turmoil from a hidden enemy, a deadly virus that is creating vast destruction – from the heartbreaking loss of human life to massive economic hardship. I stand in support of this relief package.

“For so many Americans, life has been tilted on its axis due to the deep and fluid impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In circumstances like this, it is now, more than ever, crucial to put politics aside and instead place the well-being of Americans first, which is why strongly support the CARES Act.

“Through the passing of this bipartisan legislation, we will have greater access to resources and tools to help deal with the coronavirus, minimize the loss of life, and reignite our economy and return millions of Americans back to work.

“The legislation includes: grants and loans to sustain small businesses and enable enterprises to pay and retain employees; direct aid payments to American families; expanded unemployment benefits; support for medical providers, including our rural hospitals; assistance to the airlines and other industries; and, it directs resources to the USDA, including the Commodity Credit Corporation, to backstop farmers, agri-businesses and help sustain our food supply.

“Historically, in times of national crisis, Americans have risen to meet even the most daunting of challenges. As I survey the response to this pandemic in Minnesota’s First Congressional District, I have no doubt that we are rising to overcome this invisible enemy.

“For example, Rochester’s Mayo Clinic led the charge in researching and developing new testing and treatment methods to fight coronavirus. The Clinic has also collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Health to eliminate the testing backlogs. Additionally, Bedford Industries in Worthington reconfigured operations to manufacture and supply medical face shields to medical care providers across the region.

“I’m so proud of the sacrifices southern Minnesotans are making to care for, not just themselves, but their fellow neighbors and communities. It is acts of selflessness and dedication to the common good like these that leave me assured we will emerge from these trying times even stronger than before.

“Let’s pass this legislation and help our nation deal with the coronavirus, minimize any loss of life, and move past this time in history and return, as quickly as appropriate, to everyday life and a thriving economy.”

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.