CORONAVIRUS: Marshall proud of CARES Act's local benefits, worried about ag sector and additional stimulus spending
Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall joined KVOE's Morning Show on Tuesday to update listeners on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marshall focused much of the conversation on the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and its reach into several areas, including business help through the Paycheck Protection program and local assistance for Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, Flint Hills Community Health Center and Newman Regional Health. He says the impact from coronavirus has been widespread, but he says agriculture -- and especially meat production -- has been hit especially hard.
Coronavirus also exposed a lot of issues with medical supplies over the past three months. Marshall blames China and India for those problems.
One of Marshall's big concerns going forward is the overall cost of federal help, both now and in the future. He says he likes the overall benefits the CARES Act has provided, and he says he wants to see how those develop before Congress earmarks more stimulus money. He says the top goal of Congress now should be safely opening business, but he says most of the guidelines for that will have to be handled at the local level.