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COVID-19 Update

Dear Neighbor,

In order to support your families being able to take a deep breath, turn away from constant news updates, and create a new temporary normal, my office will continue sending a daily COVID-19 update and will post online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It is my hope that one reliable update each day will allow you to take a deep breath, oversee all that is happening in your own life and home, and have a reliable source of news you can count on to be up to date and accurate. As always, previous updates are on our website and linked beneath the graphic below. 

My greatest concerns right now are your lives and livelihoods. We are working hard to keep you and your loved ones safe, and to fight for our small businesses in an unprecedented crisis. 

In solidarity,

Rep. Robyn Vining 

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COVID-19 Extraordinary Session 2.PNGThe Wisconsin State Assembly was in virtual session today to vote on legislation in response to COVID-19 in order to bring $1.9 billion to Wisconsin from the federal CARES Act. The bill passed the Assembly 97-2, and will be voted on by the Senate tomorrow. I voted for the bill. 

A summary of the bill from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau can be found HERE.

The bill includes some important provisions: 

  • Waives the 1-week waiting period for unemployment assistance
  • Qualifies the state for enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding as established by the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Exempts the need for legislative authorization for DHS waiver requests 
  • No cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing & prohibits coverage discrimination based on COVID-19
  • Extends the income tax & franchise tax deadlines 
  • Allows for temporary credentials for healthcare providers & extends time needed for license renewals 
  • Exempts the 50 piece rule for legislators to communicate with constituents about COVID-19 for the duration of the public health emergency & 30 days after

The Republican caucus added an amendment last minute on the floor, we were given a maximum of 10 minutes to review it — a summary of the amendment can be found HERE. I voted against that amendment. 

The Democratic caucus attempted to add amendments to the bill, however they were blocked by the Republican caucus by a 63-36 vote, on party lines. I co-authored all 3 amendments. Those amendments were:

  • The provisions passed in the bill would apply during the current public health emergency as during any extension granted by the Legislature.
  • Funding for the UW system, hazard pay and grant programs for child care providers, coverage of COVID-19 related services without cost sharing, small business grants and loans, & tourism funding 
  • Changes the remainder of elections this year to vote-by-mail

Other provisions that were not included in this bill that we need to address: 

  • Increased procurement & distribution of PPE for all healthcare workers and first responders
  • Hazard pay for healthcare workers
  • Fully paid sick time for healthcare workers
  • Full healthcare coverage with no out of pocket cost for healthcare workers
  • The provisions in the proposed Democratic amendments from today

The legislature must meet again, soon, to address these issues. The bill that passed today was a step in the right direction, but our job is far from done. 

Virtual Session Schoolhouse Rock 4-14-2020.jpgThe State Assembly met in a hybrid-virtual-in-person fashion today, and since we had super-long roll call votes and we are losing our precious time with 4th graders in the Capitol this spring, I recorded little School House Rock tidbits for your kids at home in my INSTAstories. Need a civics lesson, there ya go. 
And since Twitter seemed super interested in our locations while voting, here’s my kid’s nursery turned guest room turned my current pandemic office where I spend most of my days these days working on legislation and emergency solutions, but clearly not finishing the paint job. NOW YOU KNOW: legislators also don’t finish paint jobs.

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3,555 confirmed cases

1,049 hospitalizations (30% of cases)

37,997 negative test results

170 devastating deaths

14th District Counties

Milwaukee - 1,795 confirmed cases
Waukesha -  224 confirmed cases

For daily updated information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, visit the DHS website here. 


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov 

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