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Congresswoman addresses economic fallout over pandemic

5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes is holding a Facebook Live discussion tonight about the Child Tax Credit.  The informational session will feature an IRS taxpayer advocate, and community and faith leaders.  They plans to answer questions and share details about the CTC program.  The virtual event starts at 5:30pm.

Five Shuttered Venue Operators Grants have been approved for businesses in the District.  Hayes says this much-needed aid will help businesses recover from losses experienced due to the pandemic.  Among the recipients are Heart and Soul Entertainment of Bethel, Main Street Ballet Company of Woodbury and MOMIX in Washington.  A total of $929,316 was awarded to businesses in the district.

Meanwhile Hayes led a Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee hearing yesterday on "Examining the SNAP Benefit Cliff." It was prompted by discussions with the Ranking Republican Member over a shared concern that low-income workers may abruptly lose the benefits as they work towards financial stability.  As families struggle to reenter the workforce, Hayes noted emergency benefits that sustained them through the pandemic are running out. She says SNAP benefits should be adjusted to ensure families are food secure & can recover financially from the pandemic.

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