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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) spoke on the Senate floor this week to share how Nebraskans are working together during the coronavirus pandemic. She mentioned how the University of Nebraska Medical Center was the first to receive COVID-19 patients for quarantine and testing, Nebraska banks and credit unions lead the nation in Paycheck Protection Program loans, and communities have provided food and resources to families in need.  

Excerpts from Senator Fischer’s floor speech:

University of Nebraska Medical Center:

“Beyond treating those exposed to or infected with coronavirus, UNMC is also working to test new treatments for this virus…Our world-class medical center has been active from the very beginning of this crisis.” 

Food Banks:

“Nebraskans are now dealing with food insecurity due to unemployment and the effects of COVID-19. I have been inspired by the work that nonprofits across my state are doing to address this. The local chapter of the Salvation Army in Hastings has started a mobile food unit, which they drive from neighborhood to neighborhood to serve hot meals.”

Paycheck Protection Program Loans:

“A big part of this legislation was the Paycheck Protection Program, which was designed to help America’s small businesses keep their employees on payroll by offering forgivable loans. Upon the creation of this program to provide relief, Nebraskans hit the ground running. This funding was enough to cover more than three-fourths of Nebraska’s eligible payrolls, the highest percentage in the nation.” 

Nebraskans Helping Nebraskans:

“I have seen Nebraskans respond the same way to COVID-19 as we did to that flood: by putting others first. It is just who we are. Nebraskans will continue to adapt, to help others, and to lead the way in addressing and responding to this crisis. We will get through this and we will come out stronger than ever before.” 

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